Posted By RichC on July 18, 2006
I’ve been saddened by the destruction and killing taking place in Israel and Lebanon while slowly coming to the conclusion that a negotiated peace is not possible. It is interesting to compare what is happening in the middle east to what is proposed by those in the US with a more ‘liberal’ point of view in dealing with terrorists and the nations that welcome them. (I’m referring to those with the political hands off or isolationist approach to world affairs)
I’ll start by assuming that ‘most normal people’ in the world want peace? To achieve this, there has to be some acceptance that they must live and operate with other countries, races, political views and religions on this planet. For decades now, peacemaker after peacemaker has talked with both the Arabs and Israelis in hopes to build a bridge to peace. They’ve worked with leaders on both sides time and time again to move toward some agreeable solution for people to live together. Ever since Israel’s ‘forced’ occupation, (6-day war when they were attacked), many have tried to negotiate their pull back from these territories and allow Arabs to freely govern themselves. It was not something Israel felt comfortable in doing … for the very reason we see today. Yet over time, each peacemaker convinced them that the only way to have a chance for peace was to give up control and this land. Slowly they made agreements and took multiple steps in giving those living in this area a chance. Unfortunately the agreements made on Lebanon’s part 6 years ago, and most recently the good faith on the Palestinians part have only allowed for a stronger terror element to operate freely within those areas. The radical arm grew, with support from other Arab countries, and they were permitted to take control with little more than lift of a finger from those desiring peace. (other Arab countries included)
Sadly in this area (and perhaps others), those Arabs desiring peace, must work and fight for to press for it. I’m referring to those decent Lebanese and Palestinians who by doing nothing allow Hamas and Hezbollah to operate and grow in their country. I’m also referring to those countries to those funding and supplying their weapons, although the assumption is that a significant number of people from Iran and Syria approve. No matter how you look at Israel turning policing power back over to Arabs, little was done to prevent terrorists operating within … or perhaps very few actually desired to stop them?
What can we (the US) learn from this?
First, a hands-off approach to countries permitting terrorists to infiltrate their country, train and carry out attacks doesn’t work. (Israel, under the guise of a peace settlement, was talked into trying this again and again — yes I know “Blessed are the peacemakers.”) Unfortunately when you’re negotiating with religious radicalism, one must realize they do not want peace. When you are negotiating with countries and leaders permitting terrorists safe-havens, you are often talking with people who beyond talk of peace are actually approving of what radical Muslims do to Jews and infidels. Unfortunately it is an issue that very little ‘leave them alone’ style peacemaking can change.
I’ve concluded that no real peace can exist in a country or territory that allows radical Muslims to spread their hate through terrorism. It is a cancer that must be removed before a country can govern itself or has the wherewithal to continue to eliminate the scourge.