Uri Dan is a longtime Israeli journalist who is close to Sharon and who has covered the Middle East longer than The Monk's tenure on the planet. Dan knows whereof he speaks and today, he speaks thus:
Bush now personifies the offensive on terrorism and its leaders, from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein to Abu Mosab Al-Zarkawi. And, needless to say, in the non-democratic Muslim and Arab world, this symbolism takes on an entirely different meaning.
If Bush loses the election, the fanatics will celebrate his loss as a victory in their war against the greatest power in the world. It doesn't matter that John Kerry may be forced to continue Bush's global war against terrorism or that Kerry may retract conciliatory-sounding election promises.
The very fact of a Bush defeat will be interpreted in the fevered, fanatical minds of millions of jihadists and their supporters to mean that their path of sowing terror and death is the right one.
In other words, don't get Spanish wimpiness; vote for Bush.