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posted: 6/24/2014 5:01 AM

Doing nothing allows evil to triumph

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Before welcoming Hamas into the law-abiding international community, Western leaders should have asked to see the terrorist organization's certificate of completion of a 12-step recovery program. Had they done so, they might not now have blood on their hands.

Legitimatized and emboldened by world recognition for its role in the new Palestinian unity government, Hamas remains committed to the destruction of Israel and stands accused of the recent abduction of three Israeli teens. Western leaders are first now condemning this unconscionable act. Spain tempered its response by also urging Israel to "avoid unilateral acts or a disproportionate responses." What would be considered a "disproportionate" response to such a heinous act?

Mr. President, how far would you go to secure the safe return of your two young daughters were they kidnapped by terrorists? My bet is that like the Israeli government, you would use everything at your disposal to free your daughters and capture those responsible their abduction.

This month as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, let us remember and live by the lessons of World War II: appeasement emboldens terrorists; peace at any price invites future wars; and "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Sheryl Jedlinski

Palatine

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