Carol Platt Liebau: Suspending Air Strikes

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Suspending Air Strikes

So Israel has agreed to suspend air strikes on Lebanon for 48 hours, in response to the United Nations and the United States.

It seems that's the price that civilized nations are called upon to pay. Can anyone imagine Hezbollah acceding to the will of either the UN or the US if it had the power to press its attack?

What's worth noting is that, as the incomparable Jack Kelly points out, the fight between Hezbollah and Israel is well-nigh impossible to settle with negotiations as things now stand -- as he puts it, Hezbollah wants to destroy Israel, and Israel doesn't want to be destroyed.

Insofar as it encompasses two parties who have views that differ absolutely, it's a little like the abortion debate in the United States. Either abortion is murder, or it isn't; either Israel has a right to exist, or it doesn't. Not a whole lot of room to split the difference and reconcile diverging views. Luckily, neither side of the abortion debate will resort to armed conflict, of course -- but if they did, think how difficult it would be to broker a "compromise" that would be universally acceptable. Same goes here.

The only way irreconcilable differences are resolved is through defeat after a battle -- whether military or, for the lucky ones like us, political.


Blogger Greg said...


Innocents die in Lebanon because Hezbollah launches attacks from and hides among innocent civilians.

What is Israel supposed to do, negotiate the end of their own existence?

I don't think so. And I think the U.S. would be stupid now to pressure Israel to cease its offensives.

We have forced the terrorists into open battle. In their desperation they have dropped their veils and engaged. We now have the opportunity to destroy them.

It will be ugly for sure. And there will sadly be loss of innocent life. But an evil, ruthless enemy must be destroyed. They are not going to moderate their ways, not willingly anyway.

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