Hasty American Withdrawal from Iraq Would Be Seen as Defeat

(Ha'aretz) Ze'ev Schiff - Anyone who rushed to defend, or condemn, the Palestinians for burning the synagogues that remained in Gush Katif had better see what is happening to the mosques in the war in Iraq. The Muslims, and mainly the Sunni rebels, are blowing up mosques and killing hundreds of worshipers. Why should synagogues be any different for them? Neither are considered holy places by Muslims. That is what Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet security services told the government. In the Middle East, a hasty American withdrawal would be interpreted as a defeat, and would immediately affect the oil states in the region, including Saudi Arabia, as well as Iran, and Israel's situation. Chain reactions to such a withdrawal are liable to be dramatic for many countries, and in the end will affect U.S. security as well.

2005-09-23 00:00:00

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