People keep telling me that the terrorists wouldn’t hate us if we didn’t support Israel. Apparently, it’s our own fault they attacked us on 9/11, because they had already warned us many times to stop supporting Israel and get out of the Middle East. If only we had obeyed, they never would have attacked us on our own soil, killing thousands of innocent civilians and attempting to blow up our Pentagon.
I thought it was common knowledge that it’s a bad idea to negotiate with hostage-takers, extortionists, and terrorists. When you give in to their demands, you show they’re stronger than you are. Once they’ve confirmed their advantage, they inevitably escalate their demands. But these folks seem convinced that, if we’d done what the terrorists wanted, they really would have left us alone.
And what was it they were demanding? Only that we give them Israel, — that we turn our backs and allow them to take out our strongest ally in that part of the world. Wow. That’s a pretty heavy price to pay, even for a promise to stop killing our citizens. I don’t think I’d be very comfortable with betraying an ally and leaving them like a sitting duck for their/our enemies to destroy, in return for a promise made by madmen to leave us alone.
Those who promote this course of action assume these fanatical extremists are honorable men who negotiate in good faith, and would keep their word to us if we just sacrificed our friends to their ideological blood lust. That isn’t very likely. They hate us. They hate our culture. They believe the freedoms we hold dear are abominations in the eyes of their god, who will reward them for smiting us.
They would not be satisfied with simply destroying Israel, as they promise to do if we let them. Once Allah granted them that victory, they’d take it as a sign and grow bolder. It might take time to build up their nuclear arsenal, and other weapons of mass destruction, while we obediently look the other way but, eventually, they’d get back to us.
Back in the days of the cold war, the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction acted as a deterrent to nuclear attacks. In the war with the terrorists, we’re dealing with a suicide bomber mentality. If there’s any way for them to take us out, they will. Mutual Assured Destruction is no deterrent for them, because they don’t care if they get taken out along with us. As long as they destroy us, Allah will reward them in the afterlife. How do you deter an enemy who has no fear of death? — There is only one way. By preventing them from ever having the means to strike first.
Sacrificing Israel on the altar of terrorism will not save us. And it would be a cowardly betrayal, not only of our ally, but of our own interests as well.