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War in the Middle East?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, August 16, 2001

War in the Middle East?

War in the Middle East is closer than at any time since the Yom Kippur war of 1973. Yasser Arafat and the Arab nations know that war is their only chance of achieving their never-changing objective of wiping out the Jewish state and obliterating or evicting everyone they consider an infidel -- that is, every non-Muslim.

Egypt is threatening to come to Arafat’s aide if war breaks out. That would violate the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek threatens to move a tank division into the very Sinai desert Egypt got back after previously making war on Israel in a promise to make war no more. I never believed that because Arab blood is thicker than the pale water
of peace agreements.

The united states had better be ready to come to Israel’s aide, if needed, and Israel had better be ready not just to win the sixth war it may have to fight, but to win it decisively and capture additional land. Our state department is wrong in viewing both sides as equally guilty. Israel is trying to survive and never targets civilians. Killing the innocent is the policy of the PLO, Hamas and Islamic jihad. I believe radical Islam is going to be a more serious problem for the united states than communism ever was. Already, radical Islamic groups are in this country. I hope someone is keeping an eye on them.