Why Israel Must Fight
More reasons why Israel must fight:
Rich Galen in "It's Up to Israel. Again." outlines the history of the U.N.'s failure to disband and disarm Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias despite U.N. Resolution 1559, adopted on September 2, 2004, calling for just that.
So, if the U.N. had followed through on its resolution, the current conflict could have been avoided? Well, I for one am shocked, shocked I tell you, that a U.N. resolution had no effect.
He also points out an important part of a July 12 BBC report.
So once again, what other option does Israel have but to pound Lebanon? Obviously exchanging 430 prisoners for two dead soldiers two years ago didn't secure them any peace.
[Hezbollah] says it has captured the soldiers to secure the release of detainees held in Israeli prisons.
"Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance... captured two Israeli soldiers at the border with occupied Palestine," the Hezbollah statement said.
Hezbollah captured three Israeli soldiers in 2000. They died during the operation, but four years later, the group was able to exchange their bodies for 430 Palestinians and Lebanese held in Israeli jails.
(Thanks to mullings.com for the link to this article.)
Alan Dershowitz in his commentary for the Christian Science Monitor claims that Hezbollah has no real interest in a the creation of a Palestinian state. Their goal is more basic--the eradication of Jews from Israel and possibly the world.
I tend to agree here with Dershowitz that the main stance of Hezbollah toward Israelis is racist. The failure of many Middle Eastern nations to even put Israel on the map and their old collaboration with Nazis as well as more recent actions indicate a deep pathos towards their ancient cousins.
Sometimes an apology can be quite revealing. Consider the one recently issued by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah. He apologized to the families of two Israeli children who were killed by a Hizbullah rocket that hit the Christian holy city of Nazareth. He called them shahids, martyrs, even though they did not choose to die at the hands of Hizbullah terrorists.
The apology was issued not because they were children or innocent bystanders, but
because they were Israeli Arabs and not Jews. Hizbullah's rockets are aimed at Jews, and earn cheers whenever they kill a Jewish baby or grandmother. No apologies there.
The so-called Arab-Israeli conflict represents the first instance since the Holocaust that Jews, as Jews, are being specifically targeted by an international organization that seeks recognition as a legitimate power. Hizbullah has threatened to attack Jewish targets outside of Israel as well...
Hizbullah's goal is not the "liberation" of Palestine. Its members are not Palestinian. They are Islamic extremists who want to "liberate" all Islamic land, which includes all of Israel proper, including Tel Aviv, from the "crusaders," a term that includes Jews and Christians...
(Thanks to Right Wing News for the link to this article.)
Even if no nation is willing to commit troops or resources to Israel in this current conflict, the least we can do is continue to give Israel our moral support.
So, again I say: Go, Israel. Go!