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January 2002 issue of
World Press Review
(VOL. 49, No. 1)
East: No Peace, No Process
Dear George W. Bush,
Tzedakah, Yediot Aharonot (centrist), Tel Aviv, Israel,
Oct. 25, 2001
Dear George W.
Its unpleasant for me to remind you, but for almost three
weeks you have been killing hundreds of Afghan civilians. The
truth is, your actions bewilder us, but we chose to remain silent,
even though we knew that one does not mow down an entire nation
for one Bin Laden.
We, as you know, have our own problems. You can count our Bin
Ladens in threes. And we, for your sake, have been accurate
in eliminating them. We have targeted terrorists with the precision
of a laser beam. We havent put hundreds of planes in the
sky, like you; just from time to time we have used a helicopter
here or there to eradicate the head of another snake. Mind you,
however, we liquidated Abu Ali Mustafa using one of your helicopters
while he sat in his office and we even managed to keep the frame
of his office window intact. Your overkill, to my great dismay,
is targeting innocent people. In short, George, leave Afghanistan
immediately and dont go back there. The war is upsetting
our shaky coalition between the Likud and the Labor parties.
But lately, it seems to me that you are also messing up our
relations with the Muslim world. Up until now, the Muslim world
has accepted, perhaps out of force of habit, our surgical operations.
But with this blitz that you are conducting in Afghanistan,
we worry that you have gone too far. Your country has become
a burden to us, as opposed to an asset. Suddenly, protesters
in countries that before had never heard of us, like Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia are burning Israeli flags
in the street. The world is punishing us for our support of
you. And worst of all, you have started to disrupt our own activities.
Not only havent you succeeded in taking out Al Qaeda,
you are also interfering in our own liquidation of terrorists,
who tomorrow could become your terrorists as well. You might
not know this yetbut any terrorist killed in the West
Bank or in the Gaza Strip today, will not be making it to Manhattan