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Tuesday, May 06, 2003

UGH...Arnold Beichman, a Hoover Instituion research fellow and columnist for the Washington Times, is absolutely right in his delineation of "Why Peace Can't Work" due to Arab intransigence. He provides two quotes which really kick me in the stomach:

The first is from a textbook called Islamic Education for the Tenth Grade, 1999-2000, page 116: "The logic of justice obligates the application of the single verdict [on the Jews] from which there is no escape; namely, that their criminal intentions be turned against them and that they be exterminated. The duty of Muslims of our time is to pull themselves together, unite their ranks, and wage war on their enemy until Allah hands down his judgment on them and us."

The second is what Yasser Arafat told Oriana Fallaci in 1974: "The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediators...We don't want peace; we want victory. Peace for us means Israel's destruction and nothing else."

You can't get much more straightforward than that. If only the Israeli/Jewish response could be as succinct, consistent, adamant and unanimous . . . as the threat against us.