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