President Bush named Israel as a model for the Iraq he wants to see. Bush, addressing the Naval War College on Newport, R.I. on Thursday, said the measure of success in Iraq should not be whether terrorism persists, but how its government deals with it, praising Israel for its handling of terrorist attacks. “Our success in Iraq must not be measured by the enemy’s ability to get a car-bombing into the evening news,” he said. “No matter how good the security, terrorists will always be able to explode a bomb on a crowded street. In places like Israel, terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in similar attacks. The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy that is not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that’s a good indicator of success that we’re looking for in Iraq – the rise of a government that can protect its people, deliver basic services for all its citizens and function as a democracy even amid violence.”
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