Guest columnist Angus Johnston makes an excellent point when he uses the example of well-meaning liberals recommending that Jews “educate Nazis about Judaism’s ‘ideals’ and ‘appeal to … justice’” (“In 1934, an American professor urged that Jews be civil — to the Nazis,” July 27). This is indeed a similar situation to what we have today, when well-meaning Jewish leaders think that engaging in dialogue with the Arab terrorists and attempting to understand them and explain our rationale to them is going to accomplish something.
Similar to Chamberlain’s infamous “peace in our time” speech, naively thinking that we can sign a piece of paper and expect that terrorists will abide by it (the Oslo Accords), make peace unilaterally (the disengagement from Gaza), capitulate to their demands (control of Jerusalem), dialogue with those who are sworn to hate us, believe any promises, agreement, accords or cease-fires, is completely misunderstanding the mindset of the enemy.
Civility is not the answer. Strongly standing up for our right to the land of Israel and standing up for the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the American way of life is what will defeat the enemies of Israel and America.