No Free Lunch in the Middle East!

, August 23, 2001

President Bush stated, on August 2, 1990 upon Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, that he would not drag the American People to war against Saddam.  The cheerful reaction in Baghdad dissipated when the President altered his position, following a meeting - on that day - with Prime Minister Thatcher.  The Iron Lady made plain her conviction that restrain in face of violence tends to add fuel to the fire of terrorism, and that non-escalation of a response to belligerency plays into the hands of the aggressor. And, indeed, President Bush launched a war on Saddam, in spite of his own intelligence estimates that the US might lose 20,000-30,000 soldiers.

Lethal Restraint

Ynet, July 18, 2001 In 1981, Shimon Peres failed in his attempts to coax Prime Minister Begin into restraint in face of the Iraqi nuclear threat, to refrain from a drastic military offensive and to be preoccupied with the diplomatic option.

Israel's Military Response: "Powell Doctrine" lite

Ynet, July 03, 2001 SECRETARY OF STATE POWELL's spokesman, Boucher contended on April 17, 2001 that "The hostilities last night in Gaza were precipitated by the provocative Palestinian mortar attacks on Israel.  The Israeli response was excessive and disproportionate."  REALLY??? 

Hall of Famers vs. Hall of Shamers: Jerusalem Misreads DC

Ynet, June 03, 2001 In December 1990, upon realizing that the US is geared toward an all out war, Saddam Hussein moderated his rhetoric, announcing his willingness to negotiate the fate of his invasion of Kuwait.  President Bush reacted with a massive military offensive. 

It's PLO Inter-Arab Treachery, Stupid!

Ynet, May 09, 2001 Saudi Arabia and other Arab oil producers bankrolled the Islamic Intifada against the Soviets in Afghanistan (some $1 billion in 1985-6), but would not finance the Palestinian Intifada of 1987-92 and the current PLO war on Israel.
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