October 28th, 2002

kluven

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Really now, do you suppose that a multimillionaire (Osama bin Laden) who chose to live in caves is jealous of American wealth? That makes no sense at all.

The Zogby organization, which has emerged as one of the country's most competent polling organizations, recently did extensive face-to-face interviews with a cross section of people in several Arab countries. What did Zogby find?

It found that people in the Arab countries do not hate America or Americans or American culture or democracy. They just hate our foreign policy. As Zogby put it, "It's the policy, stupid."

While I could write 10 columns on the injustices of that policy, one example will suffice: We have inflicted a terrible economic siege and periodic bombings on Iraq in the name of enforcing United Nations Security Council resolutions. A former secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, said on global television that 500,000 dead Iraqi children were "worth it to enforce the resolutions."

At the same time, the state of Israel stands in open, stick-it-where-the-sun-don't-shine defiance of more than 60 U.N. Security Council resolutions. It is able to do so because the United States refuses to allow any enforcement actions to be taken against Israel.

You do see the contradiction, do you not? Enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq is OK, even if it means killing half a million Iraqi children, but no U.N. resolution can be enforced against Israel. It is not surprising that Arabs do not like that policy.

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Get a video of the American film "The Patriot," with Mel Gibson. In your own mind, substitute the Palestinians for the American patriots and the Israelis for the British. You will have a correct analogy of what is going on in Palestine. Every time the Israelis kill and maim Palestinian children and commit other injustices, the Palestinian determination to fight grows 10 times stronger.

It is sad indeed that our government rejects the Palestinian freedom fighters and instead supports the oppressor, Israel. We'll pay for that stupidity in blood.


Foreign Policy Wrong by Charlie Reese