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Understanding the Problem
Now that things in Iraq turn out to be a little more difficult than all of us had hoped there are many grumblings and second guessings about whether or not it was right to eliminate Saddam Hussein. But the president was right. Saddam Hussein was a danger to the whole world and we all should be grateful that he is no longer a menace. This JINSA article makes the case very well.
Gerardo Joffe, President
Report #364 from Jewish Institute for
National Security Affairs
Israel's friends often bewail the apparent inability of the Israeli government to explain its problems in a way that makes others agree with Israel's decisions about confronting them. "Israel has lousy hasbara; Israel is losing the PR war," they say.
In the face of increasingly strident claims that the war in Iraq was a mistake, we were going to say the US has this problem as well. Maybe the war wasn't a mistake, but President Bush has failed to make a convincing case, particularly since we haven't found the WMD yet. Then we were going to turn to the fabulously articulate Tony Blair for the words. We're glad we didn't. President Bush, in fact, made profoundly important points about Iraq before the war: about the possession and use of chemical weapons by Saddam; about the missiles Saddam possessed and used; about the nexus between terrorists and the states that harbor and support them; about September 11th making it clear that the US cannot wait to be attacked, but must confront dangers as they grow. In his State of the Union Address, the President was clear and articulate, and more important, he was right:
OK, so that last one isn't a justification for the war—but we liked it. Ultimately what is clear is that the problem isn't always PR or articulation. It may also be that others understand the problem perfectly well, they just don't want it resolved, or don't want it resolved in America's favor. Or Israel's.
Gerardo Joffe, President
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