I wouldn’t characterize it as tit for tat, Kacey. It takes both parties in a conflict to agree to put down their weapons. It will do us no good to cease our activities when the opposing side has no such intention, no matter what we do. It would be suicide. We have to defeat them, period.
The Islamists have been attacking US interests off and on for over 30 years (if you don't count the problems that Thomas Jefferson had with their pillaging vessels and slaughtering ships' crews on the high seas during his presidency) long before we went to war, and they've been attacking Israel since its inception.
Balladeer is right. Additionally, the PLO's charter calls for the destruction of Israel; still to this day their objective is "to drive them into the sea." It's never been changed or amended since the PLO was formed. Funny, though, the 'deified' UN and some others don't seem to have a problem with that, but do seem to have a problem with Israel having nuclear weapons for its defense, the only free and democratic society in the Middle East, surrounded by avowed enemies. Arafat has had many opportunities for peace. He's proven that he would rather continue blowing people up.
He is the real enemy of the Palestinian people. He keeps them in poverty and feeds them a steady diet of victimization and the glory of dying in suicide attacks, instead of making something worthwhile of that society by implementing peace and utilizing his vast wealth for their betterment instead of for the terrorizing of Israel. The ball is in his court and it always has been.
I've read comments here and elsewhere stating that Israel is the aggressor and oppressor. That's just not the case. One or more of the countries that surround it initiated every war that they’ve been engaged in. They have always been the one attacked, not the other way around. And now they have been put on the defensive again due to the intifada on its citizens, just as we have been, and have acted accordingly. But when they, and we, act in ways to attempt to ensure the safety and future of our respective societies from barbaric attacks, they, and we, are disparaged as the aggressors by the real aggressors and those who support them.
And if anyone wants to try to convince me that I'm wrong about Arafat and the PLO, be my guest, by all means, but you'll first have to show me that they've changed their mission statement. That's the only thing that will convince me that they are interested in peace. Absent that, any arguments are meaningless.
Peace should always be our aim, of course, and I'm all for it, but peace at any price is not peace. Peace with freedom is the only kind worth having. Freedom isn't free, we sometimes have to fight to maintain it. As Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death." And as Benjamin Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
That being said, I wish you all peace. The real deal though, not the counterfeit.