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Follow Menachem Begin's Example

Thursday, 20 September 2001 12:00 AM

President Bush last night was brilliant and emphatic: America is at war, a war we will win.

But what does this war really mean?

The significance of this war was explained earlier in the day when former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testified before Congress and said the acts of September 11 were a "wake-up call from Hell."

As tragic as the events last week were, Netanyahu understands how dangerous our enemies are. Americans cannot fully absorb the horror of "hell" – if we believe it exists at all.

Of course, Netanyahu thinks "hell" is the eventual use of weapons of mass destruction by these groups and the nations that back them – that is, plainly nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The use of such weapons by the bad guys is inevitable.

Iraq and Iran are both close to developing weapons of mass destruction, if they don't have them already.

In such a world, we need a leader who will lead by making tough, even unpopular decisions.

In the aftermath of the attacks, a friend in the Middle East called me and said, "Chris, we need leaders, but there are no leaders."

There is no Thatcher, Reagan, Sadat, Begin, Mitterand.

There is George Bush. He is our leader, and we believe he will be a great leader.

But to our allies, and to the rest of the world, President Bush is untested.

So far he has demonstrated great leadership. I pray that, like Lincoln, he will surprise many and rise to this occasion.

I also hope he will follow in the footsteps of Menachem Begin.

In 1981, Prime Minister Begin ordered the air strikes against Iraq's nuclear reactors at Osirak, destroying them.

Begin said Iraq was on the verge of having nuclear weapons. He was condemned by the Israeli press and the opposition within his own country. The whole world condemned him; even the Reagan administration condemned Begin - with the sole exception of then Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who supported Begin's decision.

How the world thanks Begin today.

How the Arab states like Saudi Arabia must secretly be glad that Saddam was denied such nuclear weapons.

We need leaders who think like Begin, not for tomorrow, but for many years ahead, and leaders who understand what Netanyahu meant when he said this catastrophe was just a "wake-up" call.

Begin's decision was a courageous one.

Courage is taking a stand when a majority opposes you. Courage is, as John Wayne once said, "When you're scared to death but you saddle up on the horse anyway."

Right now, word out of Washington is that courage may be in short supply. The administration is reportedly divided between the bureaucrats led by Colin Powell who want this "war" to be limited to Osama bin Laden and his motley crew, and the hawks in the Defense Department who want to clean house.

The hawks want to go after those countries, like Iraq and Iran, that have backed bin Laden.

The hawks understand Netanyahu. Next time America may not be so lucky. Instead of thousands, it could be hundreds of thousands of casualties.

The bottom line is that the wake-up call sent to us Sept. 11 needs to be answered expeditiously and in the strongest terms.

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