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wSaturday, March 30, 2002

HOW LONG?: Especially at this time of year, it fills me with overwhelming sadness to report yet another suicide bombing in Israel. As of yet, we don't know if there were any casualties other than the bomber. I pray that there aren't.

Meanwhile, the Israelis have stopped just short of capturing Arafat. From my perspective, that's an intolerably bad idea. The man, who has single handedly sabotaged regional peace in the past, should be captured and jailed or exiled.

The U.S., I might add, should have stayed the hell out of this conflict, other than to condemn terrorism in the most bacing of terms. Instead, we appear to be siding with Arafat. No, I am not making that up.

The Administration's votes on the U.N. Security Council have shifted into an anti-Israel, pro Palestinian statehood mode at a time when both will serve as further encouragement to suicide bombers, who, after all, are blowing themselves up to advance the twin causes of Palestinian statehood and Jewish destruction. If every bomb brings them closer to those objectives, then what is the incentive to stop? They've already proved that they don't hold their own lives dear.

A visibly rattled John Paul II has been praying for peace in Israel, and well he should. "Blessed are the peacemakers," said Christ in his most famous sermon, "for they will be called sons of God." But what needs to be understood is that Arafat and company are not now, and are not ever likely to become, peacemakers.

None of this is to discount the legitimate suffering of some Palestinians. Many of them - and some of "them" are my co-religionists - are not in on this recent monstrous evil. They are, rather, innocents caught in the middle of a war that they didn’t start and don’t want. Then again, there are an awful lot of rock hurdlers among the Palestinians; and there were mass celebrations when the World Trade Centers and Pentagon got nailed, so sympathy… doesn’t flow forth as freely as it might.

Any solution to the current problem is going to have to include the removal of Arafat from leadership and some kind of a permanent, inflexible partition. Jacob and Esau will have to bury the past and go their own separate ways.

posted by Jeremy at 5:27 PM