The incomparable William J. Bennett has a brilliant piece on why the United States supports Israel. Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East in which Christians, Jews, and Muslims are all treated equitably under the law. It is the only nation in the region in which dissent is not met with death or intimidation. It is the only nation in the region that supports equal rights for women, minorities, and upholds the value of pluralism and free speech.
Those who argue that the West should compromise do not understand the enemy we face. Radical Islamists don’t want a Palestinian state any more than Hitler really wanted liebensraum. They want to destroy Israel, not for any past sins, but because of the oldest prejudice – the hatred of all Jews.
If Israel were surrendered, the violence would not end. Radical Islam doesn’t stop at just Israel. Anywhere where women are educated, where dissent is tolerated, and where religious freedom is accepted is a target for them. They’re even attacking moderate Arab regimes in their quest for worldwide shari’a.
The people of Bali weren’t on the frontlines of the war against terrorism, but they became victims of this war. Compromise is not possible against a regime that demands utter submssion to their way of life. Israel is on the front lines of the war on terror, and what is going on in Tel Aviv is only a preview of what could happen in New York, Moscow, Berlin, or Paris. The enemy that the West fights is the enemy of democracy, secularism, tolerance, and even moderate and peaceful Islam. It is an enemy that must be fought by all nations, elsewise those values will falter, and perhaps fail. If those values are not worth fighting for, then what is?