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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Israel's Right to Self-Defense

Israel and Hezbollah are locked in a deadly battle. While many soldiers have been killed on both sides, the majority of the casualties have been civilians. And of those, over 90% have been Lebanese.

Judging by the pictures and stories flashed across your TV screen during your evening news broadcast, one would be led to believe that the Israelis were the aggressor in this campaign. Moreover, Israel is also portrayed as being cold and heartless in their "targeted" strikes against innocent civilians. And it seems that many Americans are buying what the media are selling.

To quote Pink Floyd, “Hello? Hello? Hello? (fading) Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?

Let’s face reality here!

Hezbollah and its patrons (Syria and Iran) have publicly expressed their desire to ”wipe Israel off the map”.

Israel has made attempts at making peace. In 2000, following its conflict with the PLO, Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon. And earlier this year, she withdrew from Gaza. What have the results been? Renewed attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas! Attacks that are being backed by Iran and Syria.

So what should Israel do? Turn the other cheek? They already did that (see above).

Maybe Pope John Paul II hit the nail right on the head when he stated, “War is a defeat for humanity.” But I don’t see any other viable options for Israel. The US has tried to bring international pressure against the agents of Hezbollah, but have gotten a luke-warm response. Surely, Israel can not be expected to placate their enemies in the manner that Chamberlain placated Hitler. She can not wait until nuclear missle rain down on Tel-Aviv. She should must stand up for herself! Now! And that is precisely what she has done.

For that, Israel is being demonized. The evening news flashes pictures of demolished Lebanese cities. Apartment building reduced to rubble. Innocent Lebanese civilians – women and children – dead in the streets. As if this is what Israel wanted.

Why is there scant mention in the media of Hezbollah's goals and tactics? They hide behind innocent civilians – human shields! They place rocket launchers in residential districts, they locate their offices in the basements of apartment buildings or next door to schools. They are cowards!

But when Israel strikes, she is demonized as a baby-killer!

Hezbollah are terrorists! Anyone remember the 241 dead US marines they murdered!?

Israel is the shining example of a free democracy in the middle east.

But somehow the West can not seem to recognize the difference. Victor Davis Hanson gets right to the point when in his recent National Review article wherein he states, “…the amoral Westerner cannot exercise moral judgment because he no longer has any.

It’s the 1930’s all over again!


At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

I really do not like this civilian statistic because it seems to me that the media refers to all people dead in Lebanon as civilians refusing to distinguish between Hezbollah and regular civilians. You have to read this story it really gives clarity to those that need it.

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Joe Verica said...

Actually, I have been having a hard time coming up with any reliable stats regarding Lebanese casualties. The media always come out with these ridiculously high numbers, and then, after everyone has heard them, they quietly revise them.

And your point is a good one. Many times, Hezbollah is indistinguishable from the civilian, so most of the numbers are probablyunreliable anyway.

That being said, whatever the real stats are, there are still lots of civilians being killed. I find it heart-wrenching to see dead children pull from piles of rubble, but when Hezb uses the human shield stratgy, this is probably unavoidable.

I think Hezb, not Israel, must take the lion's share of the blame.

I saw this article in the NY Sun that sums it up pretty well.


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