Originally created 05/07/02

President falters in Palestinian-Israeli struggle



Since the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush presented himself as a world superpower leader, and rightly so - until he came up against Israel. The past few weeks he faced a dramatic challenge to his authority from the Jewish state which is the chief U.S. ally in the Middle East and recipient of the largest chunk of our tax money.

Israel has repeatedly neglected U.S. calls to stop building new settlement in Palestine in the past. Now Israeli troops are conducting bloody offensives killing hundreds of Palestinians. Mr. Bush sent a special envoy who could not persuade Israel to return to talks with the Palestinians. Even Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to move the arrogant and brutal Mr. Sharon.

Mr. Sharon is playing games with the world by pulling from one small town one day then entering into another the next day so that Mr. Bush can say Mr. Sharon is listening to him. Both men are making suicide bombings into a pretext for Israeli oppressions.

The fact of the matter is ... Palestinians have a legitimate right to struggle against Israel with all possible means. They are desperate and have lost all hope of any help from the U.S. or U.N. All the U.N. resolutions have been ignored by Israel. They cannot match sophisticated weapons of Israelis provided to them by the U.S., so Palestinians choose to resort to suicide bombings which was the tool used in the past all over the world.

Now is the time for Mr. Bush to realize, in his own words, that "enough is enough." He should listen to former President Jimmy Carter's advice to suspend U.S. aid to Israel immediately until it withdraw from Palestinian territories and go back to negotiations...

I.A. Jilani, Martinez, Ga.