Carol Platt Liebau: What Else Can Israel Do?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

What Else Can Israel Do?

As this Washington Post story notes, Israel is being threatened from the Gaza Strip and from its border with Lebanon -- both places from which it has voluntarily withdrawn.

Hezbollah is crossing into its border, kidnapping its soldiers, and lobbing missiles into Israel.

If the US were being besieged from Canada or Mexico, it's hard to argue that the US would show "restraint" -- or that it would be the right thing to do. The Lebanese government needs to purge its terrorist element and, on the other side, make sure the Palestinians understand they mean business.

It could, sadly, be argued that the whole exercise is a demonstration of the fact that terrorist elements (like the PLO and Hezbollah) don't really understand negotiation -- and see actions, like withdrawal from Gaza and the portion of Lebanon it had occupied since 1978, not as signs of good faith but as the indicia of weakness.

It's hard not to worry that the same thought process holds true in North Korea and Iran.


Blogger suek said...

"...the whole exercise is a demonstration of the fact that terrorist elements (like the PLO and Hezbollah) don't really understand negotiation..."

Only if you make the assumption that what they want is a separate country and peace. They don't. They want the end of Israel and the Grand Califate. That is the only acceptable end game. The article I linked to attempts to clarify the principle of 'taqiyah' - the _virtue_ of lying to the enemy (that would be all of us who are not either muslims or dhimmis) in order to achieve the success of Islam. In fact, specific mention is made somewhere - can't remember the name for the exercise - of declaring a "truce" when they are losing so that they can regroup. What that means to me is that _any_ time a muslim force "offers" a temporary truce (which they will break whenever it suits their purpose), it's a sign to become aggressive. That's a good time to attack and press onward.
We may not be in a religious war, but they are. They are also being manipulated by Iran who desires the chaos which is supposed to usher in the end of the world.
Aren't we lucky.

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Ayatollah said...

" terrorist elements (like the PLO and Hezbollah) don't really understand negotitations."

This is true. But isn't this partly the fault of Israel & the United States for not properly teaching radical Muslims, shall we say, proper manners?

Up to now, the terrorists and their sponsors have been handled with kid gloves when both they and the societies they've sprung from could easily be taken care of if WWII standards were applied.

Say what you will, but sooner or later, it's apt to come to that - a real war waged by the West with the uncompromising intent to win.

Can you imagine how resistance would melt in the face of such might?

And when that time comes, you can bet that the entire Moslem world - including the millions of crazies within it - will understand the value of negotiations. In fact, in that day, the so-called moderate Muslins will eliminate their radicals as an unasked for token of their good intentions so as to plaquate an engrage West.

Murder & terror under the pertext of Islam is no longer cute. The whole world from the West to India to Israel is getting tired on it.

9:29 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

I hope General Patton was reincarnated again! ;-)

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

Or Moshe Dayan

12:07 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Should have took the gloves off a long time ago. We should now take the restraints off our own troops, no quarter given. As one writer noted, if you are killed/summarily executed if found on the battlefield dressed as a civilian so as to mingle into the general populace, in the act of killing innocents...your compatriots will think twice about trying it themselves. As it is they are allowed to say, whoops, gee, guess you got me. Where's my lawyer?

3:37 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Sooner or later, Dodger, we're going to have to fight this war like it's a real war if we're going to win.

6:06 AM  

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