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Buchanan's bunk

| Friday, July 28, 2006

Hard as Pat Buchanan tries to hide his anti-Israel sentiments, he always falls short, at least to the discerning eye (" Syria to the forefront ," July 26 and PghTrib.com).

Hezbollah's aggression against Israel should have gone unmet• So seems to be Buchanan's implication. Israel is fighting an unconventional enemy that uses civilian infrastructure to transit personnel, supplies and weaponry.

Since the government of Lebanon is unable to exert authority over Hezbollah and stop its aggression, what is Israel's alternative• Israel's enemy hides among the civilian population and wages war from Lebanese communities. What is Israel to do• Give Hezbollah a free hand to attack Israeli cities and towns?

Syria's Bashar al-Assad is merely an "accused enabler of Hezbollah," according to Buchanan. The transiting of supplies and war materials through Syria from Iran is not done without Syria's knowledge or complicity. Iran and Syria, by all accounts, enjoy a de facto alliance. It is laughable to suggest al-Assad is uninvolved in the support of Hezbollah.

Finally, Buchanan offers that peace could come to that troubled region only if Israel negotiates with Syria the return of the Golan Heights and turns over even more land to Hamas, the latter as part of solving the Palestinian question.

Syria, led by terrorist-enablers, and Hamas, an outright terrorist organization, have long been dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Turning over the strategically important Golan Heights and giving more land to Hamas will not result in peace, but will further compromise Israel's security.

It seems that Buchanan suggests for Israel that which Neville Chamberlain got for Great Britain: a peace that invites further aggression and greater loss of innocent life.

Jeff Schmidt McCandless

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