Le­banon fall­out

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Amer­ica and Is­rael have ca­pit­u­lated be­fore Iran and Hezbol­lah, and this fact is re­ver­ber­at­ing through­out the Mid­dle East and the world.

Pres­i­dent Bush, Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice and Is­rael pro­claimed pub­licly that they nev­er­would­gob­ack to the sta­tus quo in Le­banon: a ter­ror­ist state within a state.

Withi­naweek,that is ex­act­ly­whatthe­great­est power on earth did. Amer­i­can and Is­raeli poli­cies notonly con­sti­tute ahu­mil­i­at­ingde­feat in the war against ter­ror­ism, but they also have sub­stan­tially height­ened the dan­gers their na­tions and demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions al­ready face.

Mr. Bush’s diplo­macy in Le­banon, his weak half-mea­suresinIraqand­ne­glect­inAfghanistan have em­bold­ened a reck­less Iran and its Mus­lim fas­cist sur­ro­gates world­wide. The world is watch­ing as Mr. Bush re­lin­quishes Le­banon to a tri­umphan­tandem­pow­ered Hezbol­lah. He is aban­don­ing Iraq, which, at the rate it is go­ing, will soon turn into an­other Le­banon.

Mr. Bush, Miss Rice and Is­rael have shown the­world at cru­cial junc­tures in the­waron ter­ror that they lack the lead­er­ship and stay­ing power to pre­vail. In his sec­ond term, Mr. Bush has be­come ter­ror­ism’s great­est en­abler.

Mr.BushandIs­rael­have­been­test­ed­byIran and Syria and have failed. By the time Mus­lim fa­nati­cism takes Is­raeli and Amer­i­can re­solve se­ri­ously again, it may be too late. Cathy Hansen Ruckersville, Vir­ginia

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