Not a day passed after the horrific murder of Israelis, including babies and young children, when a State Department official announced that, in essence, the so-called Roadmap to Peace was still on track. This was followed with an opinion piece by former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, coldly insisting that the U.S. continue with its peace process. Unfortunately, no amount of slaughter or mayhem unleashed against the Israeli people distracts our diplomats or Israel-bashers like Scowcroft from their efforts to sellout Israel.
It’s time for Ariel Sharon to do the unthinkable. It’s time for him to tell President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell that he will do whatever he must to save the lives of Israeli babies, including, if necessary, the toppling of the terrorist regimes in Iran and Syria that are waging war against Israel through their Palestinian surrogates.
It’s time for Prime Minister Sharon to look President Bush in his eyes–leader to leader–and tell him that the lives of his citizens are every bit as precious as the lives of American citizens, and that the perpetuation of a double standard, where the U.S. practices preemption and Israel is forced to practice restraint, is no longer acceptable. It’s time for Sharon to tell Bush that he, as President of the United States, wouldn’t tolerate the almost daily massacre of American babies, and he won’t tolerate the massacre of Jewish babies, either. They’re all God’s children.
It’s time for Sharon to look Powell in his eyes–former general to former general–and tell him that the national security of his nation is every bit as important as the national security of the United States or any other sovereign, democratic state. And that Israel will not surrender any more of its land in exchange for false promises of peace. Indeed, Sharon should challenge Powell to help hundreds of thousands of Jews reclaim land throughout Europe that was stolen from them during the Holocaust, and stolen by Arab regimes over the last 50 years.
It’s time for Sharon to tell his own people that Israel’s very survival is in doubt unless they are prepared to go it alone. And that means a willingness to risk the loss of substantial financial and military support from the United States, which has been used by successive American administrations to bully Israel into capitulation.
It’s time for Sharon to accept the unfortunate fact that the last president to act as a true friend to Israel was Richard Nixon. And that despite all the representations that the U.S. will ensure Israel’s security, the fact is that U.S. policy–has made Israel less secure and less capable of defending itself.
Sadly, as long as America seeks to be an “honest broker” rather than a reliable ally, and as long as the State Department places a moral equivalency on Palestinian terrorists targeting and killing Jewish babies with Israeli acts of self-defense in targeting and killing terrorist leaders, Israel, for its own sake and survival, must go it alone.