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May 01, 2003

The Road Less Travelled

This about sums up the nonsense of ending terrorism on the part of PA, the Road, and the bombing of Mike's Place. See links within this URL
The Road Less Traveled
"We reject terrorism from any party and in all forms," declared Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian prime minister, after his confirmation by the unelected Palestinian Parliament. Abbas is also known as Abu Mazen, and it tells you something about the political culture of the Palestinian Arabs that their "moderate" prime minister has a nom de guerre.

Even more revealing, no sooner had Abbas vowed to stop terror than terrorists struck Tel Aviv. Shortly after midnight, a suicide bomber--a British citizen, according to Ha'aretz--blew himself up at the entrance to Mike's Place, a pub near the U.S. Embassy, which, according to a correspondent of National Review's Kathryn Lopez, is owned by two Israeli-American brothers and "caters almost exclusively to American expats" and tourists. The bomber murdered three. Reuters describes the scene:

Footage showed medics treating several young Israelis, their shirts stripped off, on the sidewalk outside the pub.

The pub's entrance was ripped apart by the blast, which twisted the metal supports of its front windows and splattered the threshold with blood. The bar's sign "Mike's Place--Blues by the Beach," remained intact.

"We saw several young men, burned up, coming out of the pub," a witness told Israel Radio.

The New York Times adds this:

Barry Gilbert, 50, was playing keyboards when he saw a bright flash. "I thought one of the spotlights had blown," he said. "Then I felt a hot blast, and there was a lot of screaming." He rushed outside and saw the wounded and dead. "A beautiful girl, one of the waitresses, I think she lost an arm," he said.

She may have lost her life. The Mike's Place Web site has a photo gallery "in memory of Dominique (Caroline) Hess."

The Jerusalem Post reports that Palestinian terror groups are clamoring to confess to the triple-murder, with Hamas as well as Yasser Arafat's Tanzim and al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades all issuing statements claiming "responsibility."

Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.

Is Abbas serious about putting a stop to Palestinian terrorism? If so, is he able to do so? No on both counts, according to Israeli military intelligence. "According to what we know now, Abu Mazen plans to speak with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders, and not clash with them," a "senior military source" tells Ha'aretz.

Undaunted by the latest attack, the U.S. released the promised "road map" for Middle East peace this afternoon. "Though the road map marks Washington's biggest push to revive peacemaking since Israel reoccupied most of the West Bank last summer, many analysts say it will be hard to overcome the sharp differences and deep distrust between the two sides," Reuters reports.

Mideast peace is a goal well worth pursuing, but the lesson of the late Clinton administration is that trying to rush things risks making them far worse. Maybe President Bush ought to follow Robert Frost's advice and take the road less traveled. That's the road that goes through Damascus, Tehran, Riyadh . . .