- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

At a recent meeting of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that Israel is to blame for the failure of peace in the Middle East. Mr. Assad also warned of further resistance against the Jewish state if negotiations failed. This resistance of which he speaks is in reference to the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas, both of which are puppets of the Iranian and Syrian governments.

At stake are the Golan Heights, Israeli territory that Mr. Assad demands be released to Syria. Within this territory, peace has existed for a number of years. Should the Israeli government grant the Syrians their demand, the Syrian military and terrorist groups would gain a strategic advantage. Undoubtedly, war would ensue.

A relevant piece of this puzzle is the doctrine of the Koran. It states that the land known today as Israel belongs to the Zionists. What Jerusalem is to the Jews, Mecca is to the Muslims. Yet these Islamic scriptures are either overlooked or purposely ignored to further a terrorist ideology. This ideology now supersedes the very words of the Muslim prophet.

JAMES W. LITSEY



Evansville, Ind.

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