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July 11, 2005
Javier Solana's Fantasy World

One would expect that after the London bombings, European officials might have experienced some change in their outlook on the Middle East peace process and the necessity of self-defense for democracies the world around. However, one would have to ignore the deeply ingrained moral relativism that has infected the European consciousness, especially outside the Anglosphere, to be surprised at the latest nonsense from the EU foreign office. Javier Solana has once again spent his energy criticizing a wall for damaging peace efforts while ignoring the reason why the wall has to be built in the first place:

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana criticized Israel on Monday for a barrier it is building around Jerusalem, and the Palestinian prime minister said it made a farce of efforts to restart the peace process.

srael faced new pressure over its controversial network of walls and fences a day after giving final approval to a segment it said would eventually separate 55,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from the rest of the holy city.

Israel says the barrier it is building in the
West Bank and Jerusalem keeps out Palestinian suicide bombers. Palestinians call it a land grab. The World Court declared it illegal a year ago, but Israel has ignored the ruling.

Solana, arriving for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, said the EU was against the Jerusalem segment for the same reason it opposed the larger West Bank project -- because it cuts into occupied land.

"We think that Israel has the right to defend itself but we think that the fence which will stand outside the territory of Israel is not legally proper and it creates also humanitarian problems," he told reporters in Jerusalem.

Israel needs the wall in order to protect itself from the lunatics which the Palestinian Authority refuses to disarm. President Abbas has stated over and over again that he will not disarm Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or his own Fatah nutcases in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. As long as the PA refuses to control terrorists in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, then Israel needs to take whatever measures that assists in keeping its civilians alive. If that means that Abbas loses ground in any of these areas, too bad. That's Abbas' problem, and it is his fault for not following through on the Palestinian responsibility for centralizing their security and stopping the attacks on Israel.

We are now more than a dozen years after Oslo. In the intervening time since the Palestinian Authority was granted administrative rule over the territories, we have seen two intifadas and Yasser Arafat's rejection of an overall peace plan that would have allowed both sides to coexist peacefully. What has Israel gained from its negotiations with terrorists such as Arafat and Abbas? Israel has suffered thousands of attacks on its civilians, in pizzerias and buses not unlike what happened in London last week.

And yet, Solana feels that a wall is the main hurdle to peace in the Middle East. If this truly represents European thought, then the Islamists will have no trouble reconquering Andalusia and the rest of the Continent. Drawing a moral equivalence between building a security wall and deliberately blowing up women and children demonstrates a surrender of the sense of moral outrage necessary to identify between good and evil.

London should rethink its alignment with the EU. After last week, ask Londoners if building a wall equates to blasting a double-decker bus into pieces and splashing the blood of its citizens all over the facades of the surrounding buildings.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 11, 2005 10:12 AM

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