Diplomacy necessary in Middle East
InherOp-Edcolumn,“Unitingagainstauniversal enemy,” (Commentary, Nov. 27 edition) SuzanneFieldsembracesBenjaminNetanyahu’s viewthatIranrepresentsthesamedangertoday that Germany did in 1938. Is it her opinion that theUnitedStatesshouldembarkuponWorldWar III to defend Israel?
American supporters of Israel and its interestsintheMiddleEastareconcernedlestabacklashagainstthemdevelop.Itisthatconcernthat feedsthe“IranasNaziGermany”analogy.However, as Americans continue to die in Iraq and the Middle East continues to be a boiling cauldron, American interests must be paramount, and scare tactics will not change that reality.
The world acknowledges that the IsraeliPalestinianconflictmustberesolvedifweareto attain any peaceful solution in the Middle East. BritishPrimeMinisterTonyBlair,thestaunchest ally of President Bush and the neocons in their marchtowar,nowcallsloudlyanddailyforasettlement of the Israeli-Palestinian problem. He sees no peace in the area before that is undertaken. If friends of Israel are concerned for its future,theycannotpromotewar.Theremustbe a fair and diplomatic solution for Israel’s future to be secure. Joan Salemi West Springfield, Virginia