From the Weekly Standard
It's Our War
Bush should go to Jerusalem--and the U.S. should confront Iran.
by William Kristol
07/24/2006, Volume 011, Issue 42
Url is: www.weeklystandard.com...
WHY IS THIS ARAB-ISRAELI WAR different from all other Arab-Israeli wars? Because it's not an Arab-Israeli war. Most of Israel's traditional Arab
enemies have checked out of the current conflict. The governments of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are, to say the least, indifferent to the
fate of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Palestine Liberation Organization (Fatah) isn't a player. The prime mover behind the terrorist groups who have
started this war is a non-Arab state, Iran, which wasn't involved in any of Israel's previous wars.
What's happening in the Middle East, then, isn't just another chapter in the Arab-Israeli conflict. What's happening is an Islamist-Israeli war.
You might even say this is part of the Islamist war on the West--but is India part of the West? Better to say that what's under attack is liberal
democratic civilization, whose leading representative right now happens to be the United States.
An Islamist-Israeli conflict may or may not be more dangerous than the old Arab-Israeli conflict. Secular Arab nationalism was, after all, also
capable of posing an existential threat to Israel. And the Islamist threat to liberal democracy may or may not turn out to be as dangerous as the
threats posed in the last century by secular forms of irrationalism (fascism) and illiberalism (communism). But it is a new and different threat. One
needs to keep this in mind when trying to draw useful lessons from our successes, and failures, in dealing with the threats of the 20th
This is the first 3 chapters of the article, as proscribed by ATS forum rules, and I suggest reading the entire article before posting comments.
However, I'd like to point out a couple of salient points from this excerpt: 1) "The prime mover behind the terrorist groups who have started this
war is a non-Arab state, Iran, which wasn't involved in any of Israel's previous wars."
I'm not sure why Iran is not an Arab country, but it certainly is a Muslim one. And it is listed as the 'prime mover' of the conflict with Israel.
"What's happening is an Islamist-Israeli war." Which differentiates it from the 1967 war, for instance, or the 1948 battle for the nation.
The lines are drawn, and I agree with the author, if not for the same reasons, that if not now, eventually, we as Americans need to enter the fray,
both to protect our ally, Israel, and to assure we don't become seen as an enemy of His people in the sight of God.