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Terrorists on Parade

Friday, 10 May 2002 12:00 AM

I'm referring, of course, to the so-called siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It's just after midnight here in New York, as I sit transfixed by the television screen, watching it all unfold on CNN.

The deal worked out between the Israeli army and the Palestinians called for the 13 terrorists on Israel's most-wanted list to leave the church first. One at a time, they emerged from one of Christianity's holiest shrines.

One at a time, they walked through a metal detector, then on to a checkpoint where they presented IDs to the Israeli soldiers. Once confirmation was made, the terrorists were taken to a makeshift stand where they were welcome to partake of sandwiches and water.

Then, one at a time, they were loaded onto a bus that would transport them to the airport in Tel Aviv. There, the terrorists would be flown to Cyprus and, after a few days, shipped to various countries. Some would go to Italy, some to Spain, some to other member countries of the European Union.

Once in their new homes, who knows how closely they'll be watched. Who knows how harshly they'll be punished. I know I'd like to bet on it, though.

Yes, as I sit and watch the terrorists walk free from the church, I believe it's over. Not just the events of the last 38 days, but also the upper hand in our worldwide war on terror is now a thing of the past, and it makes me feel sick to my stomach.

The fact that Israel bowed to U.S. and worldwide pressure and accepted this obscene deal which sets terrorists free is disheartening, to say the least. These 13 are believed responsible for the ordering and planning of attacks that have taken place against Israeli civilians, and some are believed to have actually done the killing themselves.

These are the people that the world wanted to set free. Israel has unfortunately complied.

One of the first things I noticed about them was that each terrorist looked to be in very good shape. I mean, they supposedly had no food or water. We've been told that they were eating grass to stay alive.

But now I hear from CNN that the Israelis did deliver food to the church from time to time, intended for the clergy who were held hostage inside. I also learn for the first time, from CNN, that the Palestinian terrorist thugs would steal the food as it arrived. But the world says that's okay.

Let's not forget that it was these 13 terrorists along with about 150 others who blasted their way into the church in the first place. An outrageous act of total disrespect for where they were, but the world said it's okay. Remember, it's the Israelis who are to blame.

By now I have turned to the Fox News Channel. That was a big mistake. There I was greeted by Geraldo Rivera, W.C. The W.C. stands for WAR CORRESPONDENT. That's how Geraldo likes to be known these days. Just last week he was remindingYasser Arafat: "You know how I feel about you and the Palestinians. You know how I feel about you."

Now as the terrorist soldiers of his hero Arafat walked out of the Church of the Nativity, Geraldo let us know that he has felt under siege for all of these days. He now feels a sense of relief that it's finally ending.

Then another sure sign that it is indeed over, for all of us who believed George Bush when he said that a terrorist is a terrorist, etc.

Geraldo called for his cameraman to pan over to a group of women and young children who he claimed were brokenhearted family members of the terrorists. "Look at the little infant waving," he said. He then went on to speculate about how hard it must have been for these family members while their loved ones were inside for all this time.

Next, he wondered how the family members must feel about the fact that their loved ones would be exiled out of the country. He said that he was sure nobody would object if the woman and children were allowed to go with them to their destinations. After all, said Geraldo, "It would be the humane thing to do."

At that point I was so enraged that I turned to MSNBC. They did not have the live coverage that CNN and Fox did. Instead, I was watching a taped interview from earlier in the day with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.

Thank goodness, I thought, here I would be able to gain back some of my lost confidence. Here, listening to Wolfowitz, often described as "the hawk" of the U.S. defense department, I would hear what I needed to hear. I would get the straight tough talk against terror and my faith in our must-win war would be restored.

Boy, was I in for a shock.

There was Wolfowitz talking about how there can be no military victory for Israel that will lead to a solution to the Palestinian problem. Our hawk had turned chicken, saying that even many Israelis that he talks to realize that there has to be a political solution that can only be attained through negotiations. Our hawk was saying Israel must "negotiate with terrorists." He also said that Israel must end the "occupation" of Palestinian land.

Yes, as I write this, I am once again feeling sick. It's a great night for terrorists and their supporters all over the world. Israel is convinced to let 13 notorious thugs get a free ride. We are supposed to feel sorry for them and for their families. Paul Wolfowitz says Israel must negotiate with those who murder the innocent women and children of Israel, and they must give back land to the Palestinians, which the Palestinians never had in the first place.

So, when you see the headlines proclaiming "It's Over," understand that more than just the standoff at the Nativity Church has ended. Then pray for all of us.

Until next time, stay safe.

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I'm referring, of course, to the so-called siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It's just after midnight here in New York, as I sit transfixed by the television screen, watching it all unfold on CNN. The deal worked out between the Israeli army and the...
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