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January 13, 2003

They consider us weak, and they are right

On Christmas day, AP carried this story:

North Korea has let a U.N. watchdog agency send more inspectors to its nuclear facilities, even as communist engineers move freely around a reactor in violation of arms control agreements, officials in the South said Wednesday [25 December, 2002].
Where did they learn the Chutzpah to openly violate “arms control agreements”? The West has taught them, of course. All the North Koreans had to do was note their own dealings with Carter and Clinton, or watch the West’s dealings with Iraq and the Palestinian-Arabs.

Take this piece of news as a typical example. On June 24, 2002, Bush gave his famous speech in which he advocated the creation of a second Palestinian-Arab state. Attached to this advocacy were a few conditions, such as replacing the Palestinian leadership with people not tainted by terrorism, cessation of incitement and terrorism, and democratisation.

The reaction of the PA came swiftly; on June 27, 2002, Reuters carried a story reporting as follows:

Palestinians Reject Bush Threat on U.S. Aid

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian officials on Thursday brushed aside President Bush's threat to withhold financial aid and said Palestinians would defy U.S. pressure to replace their longtime leader Yasser Arafat.

And this contemptuous reaction came from a non-government of a non-state, and one that received monies from the Bush administration as well as from the EU-niks. Can you blame Arafat and his friends in North Korea when they concluded that the West is nothing but a collection of sissies?

The PA’s tough talk has proved to be more than mere talk. Arafat is still king, the PA has done absolutely nothing to meet Bush’s demands, and in fact, using childish excuses, has even cancelled the January, 2003, elections. But the efforts to create the second Palestinian-Arab state in Yesha continue at full speed. The Roadmap now has dates attached, rather than milestones, which means that the PA operatives can bide their time, amass further fortunes at the expense of tax payers in the US and the EU entity, and simply ignore Bush.

Arafat has a way of showing his contempt for the West in visible ways that amount to publicly rubbing the US nose in the dirt. For example, even as the conflict with North Korea intensifies and escalates, Arafat finds it appropriate to send that country’s leader florid greetings - literally. On the very Christmas day on which the North Koreans violated their international commitment, their official news site also announced that
General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a floral basket from Yasser Arafat, President of Palestine, on the occasion of the New Year, Juche 92 (2003). The floral basket was handed to Paek Nam Sun, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK[Democratic People's Republick of Korea], by Shaher Mohammed Abdlah, Palestinian Ambassador to the DPRK, on Wednesday.
Of course, this conduct of the Palestinian-Arabs did not start on June 27, 2002. During the period from 1993 on, the PA noted that regardless of what terror it unleashed on Israel, the weak-kneed bleeding-hearts in Israel and outside of Israel will continue to support the PA with funds and political support. Before that, during the period 1967-1993, the PLO learnt that regardless of what terror it unleashed on the entire world, including the US, it would not lose any support (as demonstrated by the case of the murder of Cleo Noel, the US ambassador to Khartoum, on March 2, 1973; a forthcoming article will provide the relevant details). Before that, during the period 1948-1967 the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab countries learnt that they may attack Israel all they wish, ignoring the UN wholesale, and still the “International Community” [TM] will always support them and come down on Israel like a ton of bricks when she defends herself. Before that, during the period 1920-1948, the Palestinian Arabs learnt that they could rely on full British support even if their terrorists murdered British officials, as in the case of the 1936-1939 riots in Palestine.

With this history , why should the Arab countries respect the West? Why shouldn’t Iraq despise the West and try to get away with bloody murder, as indeed Iraq is doing? And why should North Korea behave any differently?

We must mobilize within the democratic framework of our countries, and let our governments and our elected representatives know that we wish them to cease acting like weaklings, stand up firmly to terrorists and support our sister-republic, Israel. Blogging is not enough.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.