Friday, July 14, 2006

Meanwhile, in the Middle East

While asserting that Israel does have the right to defend herself, President Bush has promised to pressure Israel to pull back on its counter-assault against Lebanon, after the kidnap of two Israeli soldiers by a Lebanese-based terrorist group, Hezbollah. Lebanon's leaders declare their weakness, saying they have little control over Hezbollah.

While Israel bombs Lebanese targets, Hezbollah has launched rockets and mortars into Israel and apparently is attempting a transfer of the captured Israeli soldiers to Iran which still adamantly refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exist.

Oh, yes. It seems Israel's right to exist is always the question over there. And when there are people who just want Israel wiped off the map, with whom no amount of compromise will work, perhaps one can see where Israel might think a stong offensive is in her best interest.

Hopefully this situation will settle out before the conflict spreads to other nations in the Middle East.

By the way, I thought this was an interesting little post, "Welcome to My Lebanese Nightmare" linked from Blackfive. Also, Hube's post is here.

Any thoughts?


At 7/14/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger gutshot said...

Bush is doing the right thing. I'd also like to see him chastise Lebanon and Syria for not taking a proactive role in wiping out Hezbollah and the other terrorist networks. I suppose at this point, the international community's focus is on Israel's aggression, so the Prez focused on supporting Israel's right (rather than echo other leaders).

I also think a tweak of GWB's oft-quoted statement, "If you're not with us, you're against us," is in order. In this case, I think the Palestinian government should be held to the standard, "If you're not against the terrorists, then you're with them." If the Lebanese want Israel to cease, then they need to take a firm stance against the terrorists that use their country as launching pads for killing Jews.

At 7/14/2006 3:37 PM, Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

I think Israel always has the right to defend its citizens against aggression just like we do.


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