Monday, July 24, 2006
Things Occasionally Pondered That Might Bring About a “Hmmm” Response, Part 1
Can’t we talk about Islamic terrorists’ tendencies toward Disproportionate Use of Suicide Bombs to Blow Non-Military Shit Up Around the Globe Because Not Everyone Believes in God in Precisely the Same Way that They Do? I mean, seriously, that’s far more interesting to me.
Don’t get me wrong. I am heartbroken over the civilian casualties on both side of the conflict, but that doesn’t remove the military and political necessity of minimizing the risk from Hezbollah. The damned shame of it is that this military action may not do enough to curtail the flood of money, weapons, and support from outside of Lebanon. That is, Iran and Syria will still send bodies, money, munitions, and intelligence to continue not only in the harassment of Israel but also the destabilization of the region.
So, yeah, let’s ditch the talk about Israel’s use of Disproportionate Force and instead come up with some creative solutions to completely destroy the military capability of Hezbollah, minimize the military and political power of Iran and Syria, and help Lebanon rebuild from what has been (to be blunt) a really shitty couple of decades.
Because it’s worth sharing, I bring this quote from The New Republic:
First of all, Israel is responding not just to those recent killings but to a long string of attacks since it withdrew from Lebanon in 2000. The kidnapping was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Second, as the Israeli government rightly points out, no country operates on the principle of responding to aggression with no more force than was originally used against it. During World War II, Germany sunk a lot of American ships and declared war on us, and in return we flattened its cities, killed or captured hundreds of thousands of its solders and occupied its land. That was hardly a proportionate response.
Now, it is true that Israel’s counteroffensive has taken the lives of several hundred Lebanese civilians (many entirely innocent, others who sheltered Hezbollah rockets) and displaced perhaps half a million more. Every innocent death is a tragedy.
But the brutal fact is that civilian deaths are Hezbollah’s strongest weapon. As Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, once said: “We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are the most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win because they love life and we love death.”
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