Not about land

November 8, 2010 1:52:00 PM PST
I often thought that the political quagmire involving Israelis and Palestinians was intractable - one of those situations resigned to be bad, now and forever.

But their conflict involves something concrete - that is if you don't take the concept of land literally.

And now the disputes over whose land is whose and how it should be divided, or not, is easy compared to the truly intractable problems involving radical Muslims.

There's no land up for negotiation with Al Qaeda; not with Osama bin Laden, not with Anwar al-Awlaki.

Oh would that it were that simple - just a question of land.

Today, al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who has been linked to so many attacks coordinated by al-Qaeda in Yemen (including the cargo bomb plot late last month), issued a call to arms for his brethren fundamentalists, urging Muslims around the world to kill Americans.

Any and all Americans.

Civilian Americans.

And there's no religious red tape, he made clear in a new video posted on extremist websites. There's no special dispensation from any higher being or from any cleric, he said, because Americans are the devil, or at least the party of the devils. It is, he said, "either us or them."

How in the world do you negotiate with that?

You can't. You don't. But that's not much of a solution, either. The U.S. military is now flying more predator drones over Yemen than ever before. Maybe that's the answer. Who knows? We'll have the latest on the terror threat, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, the lengthy end to the Connecticut Governor's race is finally over. Republican Tom Foley finally conceded today, claiming there were some irregularities in the voting, but not enough to make a dent in the 5,800-vote margin of victory by Democrat Dan Malloy. And so now, finally, the state will have its 88th chief executive.

Speaking of politics and Governors of big East Coast states, guess who sort-of threw his hat into the 2012 Presidential race? If you said Chris Christie you'd be wrong, or perhaps just a little early in terms of timing. The correct answer is George Pataki. On the ABC News webcast "Top Line," the former New York Governor said he'll run for the Republican Presidential nomination if he thinks no one else has the "right kind of leadership" to win the general election and "govern successfully."

He sounded a lot like Sarah Palin, who said pretty much the same thing two weeks ago. And Pataki spoke about Palin, pointing out that he too was a Mayor before he was a Governor: "It was a challenging job, Mayor of Peekskill, let me assure you. Twice the size of Wasilla."

Ouch, really nasty.

Also at 11, we have a heartbreaking story of a young man from Brooklyn- born with cerebral palsy - who owes his mobility to his electrified wheelchair. But last year, he was run over, and his wheelchair destroyed. Since then he's been battling with his insurance company to get it replaced. But in the meantime, he's taken several career steps backwards, the biggest of which is dropping out of college because he can't get to school on his own. Our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace has the story.

And Jeff Pegues takes a look at the early battles going on for your holiday spending money. We're calling it "holiday toy wars" - and it's pitting the nation's biggest retailers against each other, as the discounts start off deep.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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