2002-04-06 / Editorial/Opinion

Bush’s Selective Mandate

Bush’s Selective Mandate

"You’re either with us or against us." "We call on all of our allies and neighbors to join us in the fight against terrorism." Sound familiar? These are just a few of the comments from President Bush and the members of his administration regarding the so-called "War on Terrorism." The strange thing is that this directive does not seem to apply to the situation in Israel. Bush has sat back and pleaded for calm, and asked that Israelis and Palestinians find a way to come to the table to stop the bloodshed. Now, that the situation has escalated to the point where Israel has invaded Palestinian territories, in their effort to thwart PLO terrorists, the Bush administration, along with the United Nations Security Council, has strongly denounced Israel’s "act of aggression." It would appear that Israel is simply doing what Bush told them to do…. go after the terrorists. How can the Bush administration berate Israel, when they have issued a specific mandate on how terrorists should be dealt with? Mr. President, you cannot pick and choose your battles. If you pledge to go after terrorists organizations, and those who harbor them, then that should include the Middle East. Rest assured, if you continue to be selective in your war against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East will prove to be the Bush administration’s Waterloo.

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