"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Friday, June 01, 2007

Fred Thompson on Iran, Israel and Arab Love Prior to Six Day War

“Too often, they garner sympathy and support from a gullible or anti-Semitic media in the international community.” – Fred Thompson

Every day is a new day in the region of Israel, Gaza and Palestine. Each day is a new slate consisting of a repeat of attacks by those that would destroy Israel. It’s always new news; if it were not the world might actually do something to protect and support Israel, rather than pity the innocent Palestinians shields that are forced into the middle of the action by the sad, pathetic scum that is Hamas and its ilk.

Why do we look upon the sides as equals? Why has the violence continued to this day? Prior to the Six Day War, which began June 5, 1967 comments or statements were made from many sides; what is most interesting is that the following statements from Arab leaders sound an awful lot like the very same things we hear today. Remove the dates and one wouldn’t know any better.

Egyptian President Nasser: Leading up to the breakout of war, the Egyptian president taunted and challenged Israel's security almost daily. Just after Nasser illegally coerced the United Nations security force to leave the Sinai on May 19, he said the following:

"As of today, there no longer exists an international emergency force to protect Israel. We shall exercise patience no more. We shall not complain any more to the UN about Israel. The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence." [5]

"Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight," Nasser said on May 27. The following day, he added: "We will not accept any...coexistence with Israel...Today the issue is not the establishment of peace between the Arab states and Israel....The war with Israel was in effect since 1948." [6]

Mohamed Heikel, Egyptian journalist and advisor to President Nasser: On May 26, in Egypt's government-sponsored newspaper, Al-Ahram, Heikel summed up the Egyptian position on closing the Tiran Straits, emphasizing its intention to incite a war with Israel.

Closing the Straits of Tiran "…put Israel in a situation where it had to react…for many reasons, chiefly the psychological, Israel cannot accept or remain indifferent to what has taken place…Israel has to reply now. It has to deal a blow…Then it will be our turn to deal a second blow, which we will deliver with the utmost possible effectiveness…Let Israel begin! Let our second blow then be ready! Let it be a knockout!" [7]

Iraqi President, Abdur Rahman Aref: "The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear-to wipe Israel off the map." (May 31, 1967) [8]
(On June 4, Iraq joined the military alliance with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria)

Syrian Defense Minister, Hafez Assad: "Our forces are now entirely ready not only to repulse the aggression, but to initiate the act of "liquidation" itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in Israel. The Syrian army, with its finger on the trigger, is united....I, as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation." (May 20, 1967) [9]

Syrian President, Nureddin al-Attasi: On February 22 1967, the Syrian president urged his countrymen to rally support to attack Israel. "…It is the duty of us now to move from defensive positions to offensive positions and enter the battle to liberate the usurped land…Everyone must face the test and enter the battle to the end." [10]

In a
May 22, 1966 speech to Syrian troops, Al-Attasi announced "We want a full scale, popular war of liberation… to destroy the Zionist enemy." [11]

Palestinian Authority Chairman, Ahmed Shukairy:
"Those [Jews] who survive will remain in
Palestine. I estimate that none of them will survive." (June 1, 1967) [12]

Fred Thompson had some choice words for the situation in the region on Wednesday May 30th; not much else makes as much sense:

“Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego — and bragged about it?”

“I can tell you, our response would look nothing like Israel’s restrained and pinpoint reactions to daily missile attacks from Gaza. We would use whatever means necessary to win the war. There would likely be numerous casualties on our enemy’s side, but we would rightfully hold those who attacked us responsible.”

“More than 1,300 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since Palestinians were given control two years ago. Israelis, however, have gone to incredible lengths to stop the war against them without harming Palestinian non-combatants. But make no mistake, Israel is at war. The elected Hamas government regularly repeats its official promise to destroy Israel entirely and replace it with an Islamic state. Hamas openly took credit for killing one woman and wounding dozens more last week alone.”

“The Palestinian strategy is to purposely target and kill Israeli civilians. Then, when Israel goes after those launching the attacks, Palestinians claim to be the victims. If Palestinian civilians aren’t hurt in the Israeli attacks, they stage injuries and deaths.”

Read the rest and let it fire you up as it should…

[5] Leibler, Isi, The Case For Israel, Australia: The Globe Press, 1972, p. 60.
[6] Leibler, Isi, The Case For
Israel, Australia: The Globe Press, 1972, p. 18.
[7] Laqueur, Walter,The Road to War, cited in http://www.sixdaywar.co.uk/timeline.htm
] Leibler, Isi, The Case For Israel,
Australia: The Globe Press, 1972, p. 18.
[9] Leibler, Isi, The Case For
Israel, Australia: The Globe Press, 1972, p. 60.
[10] Draper,
Theodore, Israel and World Politics: Roots of the third Arab-Israeli War (Secker and Warburg, 1968).
[11] Oren, Michael, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of Modern Middle East (
New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), p.20.
[12] Draper,
Theodore, Israel and world politics: Roots of the third Arab-Israeli War (Secker & Warburg, 1968), cited in http://www.sixdaywar.co.uk/timeline.htm

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