Peace, Peace, When There is No Peace
                     Naomi Ragen
                     23 February 2003

                     I have been watching the news from all over the world - millions of people demonstrating in favor of
                     allowing Saddam Hussein more time to develop his weapons of mass destruction. And, of course,
                     CNN is leading the "rah-rah" anti-Americanism in its European edition. Hundreds of thousands in
                     Sydney. A million in New York City. In Rome. In Great Britain. And anyway, CNN tells us, the
                     scars from the Twin Towers are already "beginning to heal."

                     Oh, really?

                     And I wonder, where were all of these millions demonstrating for "human rights" when Jewish
                     children were blown up on buses in Jerusalem?

                     Where were they when the Twin Towers fell?

                     Where were they when the USS Cole was attacked?

                     Where they when the nightclub in Bali was bombed?

                     And where will they be when Saddam unleashes his poisons, renews his attempts to create a nuclear


                     Here in Israel, where we have more reason to fear for our personal safety from a US attack on
                     Saddam, I saw ten people with bedraggled signs that said “Peace Now”. We in Israel understand that
                     Saddam´s poisons, his missiles with mustard gas and anthrax, are either going to be destroyed in Iraq
                     now, or they are going to land in Tel Aviv anon.

                     I personally wish Godspeed to President Bush for taking the lead in this most just war. Do not be
                     deterred by the naysayers. They were there sixty years ago cheering for peace with Hitler. They got
                     millions killed, and their own cities destroyed. They´ve learned nothing, and they understand nothing.
                     The Muslims started this war. The Muslims and their truly moronic Western supporters are trying to
                     prevent the West from protecting itself, because they long to see Saddam finish Israel off. And then
                     see him come after the US and Western Europe.

                     And anyone who thinks Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden weren´t in complete cooperation, is,
                     in my humble opinion, an idiot.

                     Those two have already made great progress in finishing off the freedoms we in the West took for
                     granted only a short while ago. Ask anyone who has tried to take a flight from one American city to
                     another. Anyone attempting to land in Heathrow. Or visit Jerusalem.

                     If America, and what is left of the freedom-loving peoples of the world, don´t stand firm now, the
                     world as we know it is over for good as things go from bad to worse. Now it´s your airports. As an
                     Israeli, I can tell you, your supermarkets, movie theaters, and wedding halls are next. Don´t let it
                     happen. War is a horrible, hateful thing. But allowing yourself to be defeated without fighting back is
                     even worse.
                     Naomi Ragen is a best-selling novelist and columnist who has lived in Israel since 1971. More of her
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