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Sunday, July 27, 2003

Read Caroline Glick's "Pipe dreams, reality, and war"
. . . about the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee tabling Daniel Pipes' nomination to the board of directors of the "previously obscure" Institute of Peace, a federally-funded and -mandated think tank.

Glick contrasts this organization and Daniel Pipes' positions with a new, and potentially much more influential, advisory group formed by the State Department earlier this month --charged with recommending policy initiatives to the president, Congress and secretary of state. This group, chaired by Edward Djerejian, is people with those who have "argued for years that Israel is to blame for the instability in the Arab world and the terrorism that emanates from it."
The group's chairman, former ambassador to Syria Edward Djerejian, has for over a decade been a firm advocate of appeasing Arab dictatorships, generally at Israel's expense. Djerejian has often issued public apologetics for Arab rejectionism and for Palestinian terrorism, which he claims are a result of Israeli foot-dragging in negotiations.

With Secretary of State Colin Powell's approval, Djerejian appointed as members of his group people like John Zogby, Shibley Telhami, and Stephen Cohen who have distinguished themselves as some of Israel's harshest critics among American intellectuals and consistent foes of those who propose democratization of the Arab world. . .

The intellectual split between Pipes and Djerejian and the policies their views prescribe could not be starker. Pipes and his intellectual allies view the war as a cultural battle which pits Arab fascists and Islamic totalitarians against their own people as well as against Western democracies.

Djerejian and his fellows view the war as a conflict between helpless and pitiable masses led (happily) by exotic and oil-rich Arab leaders and what they perceive as Western imperialism best manifested in Israel.

In Pipes's formulation of the struggle, the US must be firm and unapologetic in its war against these regimes and their guiding ideologies. In Djerejian's view, the war will end when the US sacrifices Israel and in so doing shows the desert sheikhs and their wretched masses that the US has nothing against them. The view adopted by the White House of the nature of the war then has enormous implications for the strategies adopted in fighting it.

See also "ZOA blasts State Dept. Advisers as Anti-Isral" in the FORWARD.