Stone of Remembrance

July 18, 2006

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 09:27

The flag of the only democratic nation in the Middle East.

A UN delegation is even now trying to broker a cease-fire in the Middle East. Israel believes that it’s too soon to talk about that. I agree.

This isn’t a fight between two sovereign nations – say, for example, Israel and Lebanon. This is between a sovereign nation and a murdering, vicious extranational society bent on the destruction of its enemy. Hezbollah is being credited with having “freed” Lebanon from the Israeli “invader”. Au contraire, ma cherie. Israel withdrew unilaterally. Hizbollah has been lobbing Qassam rockets ever since.

Hizbollah must be disarmed and dismembered. Some argue that doing so will cause three more to spring, hydra-like, from its corpse. Maybe, but it’ll take some time for them to gather some momentum and ordnance, and their backers in Syria and Iran will have to come out from under their respective rocks and show the world that they’re behind it.

For a declaration of Israel’s feelings on this subject, be sure to read this article. A brief excerpt (from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech to the Knesset):

Israel did not seek these confrontations. On the contrary. We have done a lot to prevent them. We returned to the borders of the State of Israel, recognized by the entire international community. There were those who misconstrued our desire for peace – for us and our neighbors – as a sign of frailty. Our enemies misinterpreted our willingness to exercise restraint as a sign of weakness.

They were wrong! Madam Speaker, Members of Knesset, The State of Israel has no territorial conflict, neither on our southern border nor on our northern one.

In these two areas, we are sitting on the recognized international border – both vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip, and in Lebanon. We have no intention of interfering in their internal affairs. On the contrary, stability and tranquility in Lebanon, free of the rule of foreign powers, and in the Palestinian Authority, are in Israel’s interest. We yearn for the day when peace will prevail between us, for the mutual benefit of our peoples from both sides of our common border.

President Bush is right. Get Syria to stop Hizbollah from doing this s**t and it’ll be over. But since that won’t happen, Israel will have to do the work itself.

And meanwhile, Palestinians are dancing in the streets, like they did on 9/11. They’ve come down on the wrong side of this. Again.

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  1. Darn straight. I am a lapsed Republican, frequently appalled by this administration. I am a lapsed diehard supporter of Israel, who believes that Israel was wrong in its first incursion into Lebanon. But I’m proud our leadership is taking the right stand on this conflict and I’m proud Israel is pursuing a bold and neccesary course to preserve its sovereignty and its people.

    Comment by evan l — July 18, 2006 @ 22:30

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    Altogether true. As always, it’s possible that there’s more to this than we know at the moment – intel may have suggested that there was something big coming from Hizbollah, for example, and this was a provocation. But frankly, Israel was going to be criticized by the international community regardless of what it did.

    That they exercised so much patience is remarkable. Tony Snow was right yesterday when he brushed off Helen Thomas in his press conference, thanking her for presenting the Hizbollah view. (Tip o’ the cap to Hot Air.)

    Just negotiating a cease-fire doesn’t stop the killing. Destroying the ability to launch rockets into Israel will help far more – and then the Israeli government will talk.


    Comment by hotc — July 19, 2006 @ 07:39

  3. Pithy, and right to the point ! Particularly “Disproportionate Response”

    Comment by Frank Keough — July 19, 2006 @ 12:17

  4. [...] 18 July 2006: I make some comments about the Middle East war this summer. I still believe my comments were on target and relevant, but things clearly didn’t turn out too well for either side. Watching Hamas and Fatah kick the hell out of each other here in January 2007, and the war in Iraq continuing to be unresolved, and the riots in Beirut suggest that nothing, nothing was really solved by 34 days of combat in southern Lebanon. What’s more, those Israeli soldiers are still hostages. [...]

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