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WHOM Do I have To Impress???
Americans For A Safe Israel ^ | 10/4/2003 | Jack Engelhard

Posted on 10/04/2003 9:39:14 AM PDT by Dallas59


By Jack Engelhard

The story goes that Rockefeller was about to walk out the door in shabby clothes. His wife said, "You won't impress anyone in that outfit."

"Whom do I have to impress?" snapped Rockefeller.

That folklore comes to mind after reading this current headline in the New York Times: "U.S. Must Counteract Image In Muslim World, Panel Says."

They came here and murdered three thousand of us, and it's up to us to impress them. I don't quite get the logic.

You'd think it should be the other way round. They should be required to fix up their image.

Here's more from the Times on the panel's conclusions: "The U.S. must drastically increase and overhaul its public relations to salvage its plummeting image among Muslims and Arabs abroad."

But maybe public relations won't reach people who are busy in another line of work, like driving passenger airplanes into American buildings and planting bombs that kill seven-month-old babies in Israel. Maybe, after everything is weighed and considered, we're right and they're wrong. Can I get me an Amen? Let's try that again. We're right. They're wrong.

In that case, no amount of PR will do any good. There is no reasoning with a culture whose extremists view eternal bliss as not about golden rule righteousness, followed by the shade of heaven's vine and fig tree, but rather suicide/murder, followed by carnal access to 72 virgins. No amount of PR can whitewash a generation so thoroughly brainwashed.

Besides, who cares if they love us? Whom do we have to impress?

We're the United States of America — and if only tiny Israel could find the chutzpah, the daring, that once made it the little nation that could.

Again from the Times, and that 13-member panel: "Hostility toward Americans has reached shocking levels."

I could have told you that without a panel...and oh dear, there go my vacation plans to Kabul.

You mean they hate us MORE after 9/11? They hate Israel MORE after murdering more than a thousand of its people?

"Shocking levels." Now what have we done to upset nearly a fifth of the world? Forgot to do the dishes?

The panel, led by Edward P. Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, points the finger partly at...take a guess. This is multiple choice. Denmark. Sweden. Portugal. Umm. Israel?

"What's required is not merely tactical adaptation but strategic, and radical, transformation," says the panel.

Radical transformation. That is diplospeak for "throw Israel to the wolves."

This finding, from a group of academics gathered together by the Bush administration, assumes that the Palestinian Arabs once loved the Jewish people, and then the Jewish people did something bad. Like exist. They hate the Jews. The Jews must be to blame. Or that Osama bin Laden once loved America, and then America did something naughty. Like proclaim liberty. Yes, the fault must be with America.

There's no word in the Times as to a panel from the Muslim world, about concerns for their image in America and Israel. Apparently, there is no discomfort in that part of the world, no need to put on a better face, no instinct to re-evaluate the impression it makes, upon us, when you commit bloodshed in the name of Allah.

The term "shared values" comes up in this article in the Times. The U.S. spent millions on TV commercials about our "shared values" with the Muslim world.

Didn't work. The Muslim world laughed.

Here's a possibility. Maybe we have no shared values. They have their values. We have ours. Never the twain shall meet.

Doesn't mean we have to hate one another. Doesn't mean we have to love one another.

Just leave us alone. We don't bother you on the road to your mosque, and you leave us alone in our churches and synagogues.

How's that for shared values?

Jack Engelhard is the author of the novel “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning memoir “Escape From Mount Moriah.” His novel “The Days of the Bitter End” is being prepared for movie production. His internationally syndicated columns can be read at and he can be reached at

TOPICS: Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; islam; israel; muslims; terror
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1 posted on 10/04/2003 9:39:14 AM PDT by Dallas59
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2 posted on 10/04/2003 9:40:51 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Dallas59
The image we have always needed to correct from time to time over the years is that they can hit us and we won't hit back. We've hit them back and overthrown a couple of regimes.

I think a new image is forming in their minds.
3 posted on 10/04/2003 9:59:51 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Dan Evans
>We've hit them back and overthrown a couple of regimes.

This is true, sort of.
We forced regime-change in two
Muslim countries, but

not only were they
two Muslim countries without
many direct links

to 9/11, but
they were two Muslim countries
that didn't work or

play well with Saudis...
So, to the Muslim world --
that's not to mention

US patriots --
there is not much change at all
to how they see us:

Our image is that
many of our highest pols
sleep with the Saudis,

and military
strikes only serve for "homeland"
propaganda, and

hit-man service for
the hated Saud family.
This image ain't good,

and its foundation
is so firm, I don't see how
it will ever change.

4 posted on 10/04/2003 10:13:07 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Dallas59; All
What no one appears to be reporting is that there is a large percentage of Americans who are just as angry with the Arab and Muslims world as they are with us.
Israel should fight the war that Hamas, Hizbollah, the PLO, the PLA and every other Arab entity that has declared upon them.
Until they wipe them out, in toto, these Arab/Muslim entitiies will continue their murder and terror upon them.
Perhaps the rest of the Arab/Muslim world when then be ready to sit at a table and talk about real peace.
One does not talk about peace with terrorists; they reject peace.
5 posted on 10/04/2003 10:23:24 AM PDT by DianaN (Eternal Freedom)
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To: theFIRMbss
You could be right, but I hope you're wrong. There might be an alternative explanation for why we haven't attacked Saudi Arabia.
1) We really didn't need to. Saudi Arabia is not the military threat that Iraq was. The theory is that we first knock off the "big bullies" in the region and the more rational types will see what can happen to them.
2) Saudis aren't the madmen that Saddam was. They are mostly cowardly and decadent hedonists who are intimidated and controlled by the militant mullahs. But that can work both ways.
3) We aren't finished yet. And it's nice to have an airbase and a friendly population smack in the center of things for whatever we need to do.
7 posted on 10/04/2003 10:42:08 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Dallas59
Dennis Miller was talks about the subject of America's Image in the Middle East on his latest stand-up DVD.

He says we need to look a little nuts...that we shouldn't take nukes "off the table" and when some reporter asks the Bush Administration when we should use a nuke the response should be "When we can't find all the other ones"

8 posted on 10/04/2003 10:42:23 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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