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A long read - but VERY important points made. One statement I keep hearing is that former Pres. Bush allowed Suddam to go free. If I recall, it was the EU that had made Bush promise BEFORE the Gulf War not to kill Suddam. Does anyone else recall this?

I feel the current Bush administration is making a BIG mistake in recognizing Arafat - this article makes that point every effectively. Bush seems ready to sacrifice Israel's security all for the sake of holding Arab nations together for his war on Suddam. As I've said before, THE HELL WITH THE ARAB NATIONS. We will have to take Suddam by ourselves - no matter what the Arabs may say now or later.

1 posted on 04/10/2002 6:30:17 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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This is one of the best pieces ever. What insights into the psychology of good and evil and why good men don't kill evil when they have the upper hand. Instead they hesitate and give reprieve.....................

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2 posted on 04/10/2002 6:37:35 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Elkiejg
"But now, the right and not the left holds power in Israel and the United States."

Gee. Coulda fooled me.

--Boris

3 posted on 04/10/2002 6:38:12 AM PDT by boris
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To: Elkiejg
Posted here Monday 4/8/02.

Excellent article.

6 posted on 04/10/2002 6:46:19 AM PDT by Harrison Bergeron
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Best post I've seen here in a very long time. Bumped and bookmarked (and emailed to all my friends).
7 posted on 04/10/2002 6:46:33 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: Elkiejg
But seriously, a brilliant article, all in all.
8 posted on 04/10/2002 6:48:40 AM PDT by boris
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To: Elkiejg

Why Arafat?

Joseph Farah

Please look at the photo accompanying this column.

Stare at it. View it carefully. Study the image.

This is the face of Yasser Arafat's terror.
This is what it looks like.
This is how he remains in power.
This is why we continue to deal with this murdering fiend after more than 30 years.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

This one may be worth many more.

The story behind this photo is simple. It's not unique. The victim is called a "collaborator" by Arafat's "police force." He was one of Arafat's terrorists who was suspected of working with Israel in some way.

The important thing to understand about this photo is that this is how Arafat rules his own people – by sheer terror, by brute force, by barbaric tactics that would be unimaginable to most in the West.

Yet, we continue to deal with him. We continue to support him financially with U.S. taxpayer dollars. We continue to give him credence as an international peacemaker.

If you care to know more details, the victim was eviscerated after this picture was taken. I have photos of that, too. I will spare you the more gruesome images.

:

APPEASEMENT OF TERRORISM WORLD TOUR
Colon Powell Video News Conference in Cairo (RealPlayer)


9 posted on 04/10/2002 6:50:59 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Elkiejg
Also explains why Andrea Yates didn't get the death penalty.
11 posted on 04/10/2002 6:57:09 AM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: Elkiejg
An outstanding post! The clarity is exceptional. I hope we aren't the only ones reading this.
12 posted on 04/10/2002 7:08:31 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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Wow! This is a GREAT read!

Thank you so much for putting it up!!!!!!!! There are many fantastic insights here and the article should be read and not skimmed through.

I'm heading back now to go through it a second time.

13 posted on 04/10/2002 7:10:20 AM PDT by Rightone
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To: Elkiejg, dennisw
Excellent clarity. He answers why, for example, Israeli Generals are getting knee-weak in dealing with Arafat. Why the leftist and many on the right are in the "root-cause" mode every time something hits us or our friends.

He explains why democracies are in constant danger to be taken advantage of by consciousless thugs from criminals to terrorists.

Self-analysis and self-examination are a good thing, and I think are prerequisites for progress. But, they need to be consciously limited in the face of the evil, because they render the good - impotent and defenseless.

16 posted on 04/10/2002 7:34:35 AM PDT by Tolik
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I think that when one goes to war, one of two mindsets are needed. Either that you are under orders and therefore relieved of responsibility for killing another human being as in the military, or you have to close your heart to emotion and uncomplicate the situation. In other words make the situation black or white, kill or be killed.

The Elite's of the world have chosen to do anything to make the situation appear a great deal more complicated than it really is. They spout platitudes and utter phrases to make themselves look important and to justify the abject fear they have of taking any direct action.

Millions have died waiting for their leadership to simply make a decision. Some, however have the courage as individuals to see the battle for what it is. The battle between good and evil.

As long as we continue to allow our so-called leadership to keep putting mud in the water, the conflict will continue on a small and individual basis.

The fight between the Israeli's and the Palistinians will continue until one side is wiped out. Various internal and external forces have, for their own agendas, made this conflicts purpose and goal unrecognizable even to the participants. It is my fervent hope that Israel can somehow see the simple light and resolutely, with all speed, eliminate the pestilence of a hostile, evil presense in their midst.

How many have to die before the simple truth is recognized?

20 posted on 04/10/2002 8:28:51 AM PDT by wcbtinman
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To: Elkiejg
A long read - but VERY important points made. One statement I keep hearing is that former Pres. Bush allowed Suddam to go free. If I recall, it was the EU that had made Bush promise BEFORE the Gulf War not to kill Suddam. Does anyone else recall this?

Excellent post, even if it is a repost. Pretty much explains, to a certain extent, some of the questions I have been asking about "world reaction".

As for why Bush Sr. let "Sad-dumb" off the hook, one of the reasons was that the other Arab leaders ASSURED Bush that there was NO WAY Saddam would remain in power, that his power was on the brink of crumbling. Blame Bush for believing his "Allies" in the region. My guess is that the Arabs were so stunned with the ferocity and the efficiency of the US Military, they were anxious about having the US decimate a fellow Arab ruler..

21 posted on 04/10/2002 9:01:38 AM PDT by Paradox
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Wow.

"Anne, although she knows Richard is evil, cannot see that he has no conscience....Eventually, she marries him, and he murders her."

"What makes Arafat's career in terror so remarkable is that when he has had limited access to violence, he has been able to use the very means Richard did to convince his enemies not to run him through."

I see a paradox that is it the instrument of conscience that makes victims unwilling or afraid to "run him through", in order to avoid being evil as he is. That raises the question of how to combat the fear that, "if we run him through we will be just as bad as he is."

This "spell" is part of a dynamic that operates when the evil being confronted is brazen and relentless...

This reminded me of the eight-year reign of terror of Bill Kwrintong.

Cordially,

22 posted on 04/10/2002 9:09:45 AM PDT by Diamond
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Outstanding post.

I fear, however, that the problem is much deeper and wider than Arafat and his Pali terrorists. Since the end of Turkish rule and Western colonialism in the muslim world we have seen the rise of muslim authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism and militarism. Turkey and Indonesia are the only democratic muslim states. Muslims publicly celebrate the grisly deaths of "martyrs" who kill civilians, women and children and are themselves often children. Sharia continues to spread. Women are caned, stoned and shot publicly. Children are deprived of a modern education and instead are indoctrinated in muslim fundamentalism, anti-Semitism and hatred of the West. "Collaberators" are tortured and killed, their bodies displayed in the streets as a warning against any dissent. Backward economics and corrupt government exacerbate the gap in wealth between the West and muslim countries. Government controlled media spews virulent anti-Semitic and anti-Western propaganda and lies. The tyrants view any concession or offer of peace as a weakness to be exploited.

The West is paralyzed in responding to this by a combination of economic need for Middle East oil, the leftist hatred of the West and willingness to supportt any anti-Western regime, latent anti-Semistism and outright refusal to believe that 50 years after WWII in an era of "globalization" we could again witness the rise of fascism.

Is there any means of resolution of this other than war?

25 posted on 04/10/2002 9:50:22 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Elkiejg
No comments or criticisms from me. It is a great read which requires little comment. I will bookmark it. Read it a few more times. I bet that my appreciation of the piece grows with every reading.
30 posted on 04/10/2002 6:10:12 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Elkiejg
bump!
32 posted on 04/10/2002 6:20:05 PM PDT by SKempis
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To: Elkiejg
Bump
40 posted on 04/11/2002 11:06:12 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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It is interesting that the person who finally defeats Richard III in Shakespeare's play, Richmond, is the one key character who never talks to Richard or gives him a hearing, and thus never comes under his spell.

So Powell will come back infected as well. Not good.

On the other hand, President Bush, with his innate sense of decency, has never met Arafat. I pray he will be our Richmond.

41 posted on 04/11/2002 11:38:27 PM PDT by tictoc
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