August 1, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
One of these things is not like the other

My latest: The idea that Israel and the West are fighting the same war on terror has its limits.

But there is a risk to Israel if it were apply too broadly the notion that terror is a madness that only the imams can cure: It could lead to a sort of diplomatic fatalism. And, thank God, the Israeli government itself is not sitting back and waiting for the Islamic Reformation. Instead, they continue to pursue the proactive diplomatic and defensive measures that thwart the bombers that specifically target Israel. Israel choked off the epidemic of suicide bombing by, in essence, recognizing the Palestinian cause. You’d rather kill us than live with us? Fine — here is a fence that keeps us apart. You’d rather fight us than talk? Okay — we’ll operate unilaterally.

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