While there is no doubt that terrorism is a shameless way to achieve political goals, we must first understand why terrorism exists in the first place. The radical fundamentalist in the Middle East is no different than the Leaders of our country. Old men are using the sons and daughters of others to carry out their political objectives. What they cannot achieve across the negotiating table, they hope to do so militarily.
Anybody with an iota of common sense realizes that the root of the problem is the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And what the Arab world perceives to be that Israel is in fact America’s fifty-first state. I recently wrote a piece that America must act as an honest broker between negotiating the peace. Negotiations are a euphemism for compromise. Nobody gets everything they want but you get enough that you are happy to split the difference.
Like Americans, most Israelis and Palestinians trend toward the center. Why is it that the fringes of the parties are allowed to set the agenda? With the vast wealth of the United States being siphoned off to the oil producing states the next president should convene immediately a meeting of the prime minister of Israel and the leader of the Palestinian Authority and say this is how it’s going to be. You have a certain number of days to produce a binding agreement or all U.S. aid is terminated immediately. Watch how quickly an agreement is produced.
The next step is to withdraw our troops from Iraq. It is time for the Iraqis to stand up for themselves. After six years of training, if they cannot stand up for themselves, then they deserve whatever they get. I did basic training in six weeks, technical school in six weeks, and finally, my secondary security specialist training in less than a month.
While it won’t be easy to achieve these things we need not be our own worst enemy in achieving our goals. If we give other nations the chances and the means to work out their conflicts without favoring either side, those in the center will ensure that those on the fringes become less influential. And therefore, less threatening to American interest. When will Americans realize that our hegemony is the root of the problem?