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   SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2001 -  Issue #138    


Needed: Action Against Terror's Hosts

Herbert Zweibon

At the very moment that the United States is declaring war on terrorism, Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking Israel to surrender to terrorism. In one 24-hour period in early September, Powell reportedly made nineteen separate phone calls to pressure Israel's leaders to resume negotiations with Yasir Arafat.

To make matters worse, it is not at all clear that America's own fight against terrorism will truly target those who most deserve to be targeted: not just Afghanistan, but all the regimes that host and sponsor Bin Laden and other terrorists.

Syria: Damascus is home to numerous terrorist groups, including Palestinian terrorists such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The Bekaa Valley in Syrian-occupied Lebanon is the site of camps belonging to a wide variety of international terrorists. This is the perfect opportunity to liberate Lebanon from its Syrian overlords, and to re-establish a Christian Lebanese military force that can deal with Hezbollah and other Lebanon-based terrorists.

Palestinian Authority: The areas controlled by Yasser Arafat are a nest of killers from Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. But America need not divert its forces to Gaza; all it need do is let Israel assist in the fight against terrorism by defeating the terrorists in its own back yard.

Libya: Qadaffi has never been punished for his role in the downing of Pan Am 103, nor has he suffered any consequences for his sponsorship of assorted terrorist groups. The U.S. should pressure its European allies to impose a full economic embargo on Libya.

Iran: The U.S. government routinely described Iran as the major international sponsor of terror--until certain State Department officials decided they would try to woo Teheran. The Iranian regime should be treated as an enemy.

Iraq: To undermine Saddam Hussein's regime, the Allies should extend the no-fly zone to cover the entire country, and give substantial aid to the Iraqi opposition.

Sudan: The Sudanese leaders are responsible for the genocide of two million of its black citizens and enslaving thousands more. Strong pressure should be applied on the regime in Khartoum.

President Bush rallied the nation with his promise "This will not be an age of terror, it will be an age of liberty." The worst thing the President can do is to let short term expediency trump the effort to achieve that goal. It is disheartening that the President has asked Congress to lift restrictions on military aid to states on the State Department list of terrorist sponsors, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan. If we turn terror states into "coalition partners" because we think they can be useful in the short term goal of eliminating one man, Osama Bin Laden--whose departure will not end radical Islamic terror, and may even increase terrorist rankswe risk turning the battle against terror into a hideous farce before it is even begun. The terror-sponsoring regimes of the Middle East must be our target, not our partners. As Naji Najjar, Director of the Lebanon Foundation for Peace says, "As long as those regimes survive, United States cities will always face a threat and law enforcement groups will have an impossible mission to achieve."

Herbert Zweibon is chairman of Americans For a Safe Israel.

Note to Outpost Readers:

Our September 2001 issue was going to press when the terrorist attacks took place in New York and Washington. The printing facilities where Outpost is prepared are located in southern Manhattan and were temporarily unable to function. As a result, it was decided to have a combined September-October issue.

Americans For a Safe Israel joins with all Americans in expressing our sincerest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in these attacks.


The Perils of Inaction ...3

Terrorist-Enabling Neighbors ...7

The Oslo Delusion - Part II ...8

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