Monday, August 15, 2005
Today, terrorism worked
Just like May, 2000, terrorism worked today. As conflicted as I've been about Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, today I've jumped to one side of the fence. Today is a bad day for Israelis, and a bad day for Jews. Not because Israel is trying to work with her historical foes, but because the terrorism never ceased and Israel is backing out under fire.
Dan Gillerman, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, is speaking to the press right now from New York. So much of this action puts a huge responsibility on Abbas to take control of the area, but he said it best when he said (paraphrasing), "Mahmoud Abbas needs to annihilate terror, or terror will annihilate him." Problem is, Abbas does not have the power or the influence that Hamas has. This is why I'm feeling pessimistic right now... somewhat defeated, really.
Hezbollah learned that their tactics worked in 2000. Today Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PFLP learned that their tactics are working. So what's next? I'm afraid that Israel has just invited much more death and destruction into her borders. Time will tell, but I'm not optimistic.
Daniel Pipes, who is educated like few in Middle East affairs, says it well: [The Gaza Withdrawal:] A Democracy Killing Itself.