Wednesday, September 12, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 1215



Staff Editorial


Jason C. Consolacion       Ed De La Garza 
Nikie Johnson          Christian Schmidt         Keenan Singleton

Do the right thing

Ongoing violence in the Middle East has forced the nations of the world to turn their heads away from Sept. 11 and look toward the
problems boiling between Israel and Palestine.

What has affected the United States is the involvement, or lack thereof, being encouraged by President Bush. The main question is
whether the United States should get in the middle of all of this.

U.S. involvement would most likely improve the situation. But assuming Bush were to sit down and play mediator between Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, it would not guarantee peace, much less a formidable resolution.

Washington has been reluctant to get its hands dirty for reasons concerning its evolving campaign against Iraq. Analysts have also
pointed out that Sharon and Arafat are men not easily persuaded.

This leaves Bush in a bind. He has shown his support for Sharon, who has demanded that Arafat do more to cut the string of suicide
bombings (which have increased to a daily routine in the last week). But what more could the rest of the world want from the
president? In case they haven't noticed, the United States is in the middle of a war of its own: the patriotic fight against "evildoers."
Bush has put the beef of his military focus on blowing up caves and other Taliban camps and he clearly has no time to draw up
another game plan to save two other countries from possible war.

However, here is where Bush is stuck: He's the only person who can. It's almost as if the Middle East is waiting for the United States
to do something, as if these suicide bombings and tank rumblings are posters of models in bikinis, inviting Americans to join the

Or perhaps it's more like the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

Either way, Bush is intent on doing the right thing all presidents are, but especially Bush at this juncture. He has seen his country
suffer through the hell of terrorism, and now that same threat is lurking in the valuable allies of the United States.

If Bush's goal is to fight terror and bring peace to this world, he must start in the Middle East. Even if it isn't "our problem" or "our war."
Since when has the United States refused to help a friend? Since when has the United States told another country to "shove it, we
got our own problem"?

Bush can't stand around and wait for the violence to end. He must get involved, but only for the purpose of fulfilling the goal of every
president before him: world peace.

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