Hold the Rice

I’ve waited to deal with the following news development because it is so disturbing to me personally, I needed to let my rage subside.

I can now speak and write coherently about the latest ghastly statements by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concerning the Middle East. But it’s not easy.

Last week, Rice said America could have no greater legacy than to divide the land of Israel and establish a Palestinian Arab terrorist state to end what she called the "humiliation of occupation." She made the statement at a dinner celebrating the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine.

"The Palestinian people deserve a better life, a life that is rooted in liberty, democracy, uncompromised by violence and terrorism, unburdened by corruption and misrule and forever free of the daily humiliation of occupation," she said. "I promise you my personal commitment to that goal."

Of course, no one can argue that Arabs deserve a better life. As a matter of fact, as an Arab-American who covered the region as a journalist for many years, I can tell you they had one — when they were living under Israeli control. Since they have been living under autonomy and under the control of terrorists, life has indeed been miserable.

What chance is there for democracy or liberty or a life uncompromised by violence and terrorism or unburdened by corruption and misrule under leaders sworn to destroy their neighbors and committed to unending war?

It’s worth mentioning that these leaders, the ones who are going to usher into existence Rice’s fantasy of democracy, liberty and an end to terrorism and corruption, consider all the Jews of the Middle East as occupiers. The only way that occupation will end is by their annihilation. And when Rice feeds their passions with this kind of talk, she is in reality paving the way for a future holocaust.

But she wasn’t finished with those insensitive, misguided words.

"I believe there could be no greater legacy for America than to help bring into being a Palestinian state for people who have suffered too long, have been humiliated too long," she said.

What on earth is she talking about? No greater legacy for America than to create a new terrorist state during a so-called war on terrorism? Is she really suggesting that the Arabs in the region have suffered at the hands of Israel? Or have they suffered at the hands of their own leaders?

"I know that, sometimes, a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel must seem like a very distant dream but I know, too … that there are so many things that once seemed impossible that, after they happened, they simply seemed inevitable," she continued.

The only thing that seems inevitable to me is that the Bush administration will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again — never learning from them. No matter how many promises Israel’s enemies betray we will continue to give them every benefit of every doubt.

I keep hearing that Rice is a smart woman. If indeed she is smart and understands the complexities of the Middle East, she has deliberately chosen to side with evil — the kind of people with whom we are supposed to be at war. It means that her boss, President Bush, is committed to this evil path as well.

Just so you understand what is at stake: Your tax dollars are going to subsidize this new terrorist state of Palestine. This will be a state that, just as it does today as an autonomous territory, indoctrinates children from the earliest ages to hate Jews, to embrace jihad, to consider "martyrdom" — the homicidal desire to kill as many innocent civilian Israelis as possible — the highest calling one can have in life.

What is she thinking about? What is Bush thinking about? Why do they continue to pursue policies of appeasement with regard to the Islamic terrorists of the Israeli-Arab conflict while pursuing their own war against the Islamic terrorists in Iraq?

Can someone explain the difference?