is surprised that, after they committed more acts of war at a time when Israel was being assaulted with homemade rockets from Gaza, Israel reacted strongly. Did they think they had some natural right to violate a nation's borders and launch rockets at them and kidnap and kill their citizens?
I'm all for giving these idiots more surprises. They really need to learn what superpower really means. Nobody in the U.S. or Israel wants to kill the innocent civilians, but when terrorists use them as shields, it has to be viewed as when healthy tissue is cut out remove a cancer. The people of Iraq and Lebanon and Gaza and the West Bank need to learn that tolerating terrorists in their midst is a good way to get your own family killed collaterally, and that these people are poison, and that they have targets on their backs. Anybody standing too close to them will be incinerated with them. We should be distributing photos of the site where Zarqawi died with the reminder that those who were there with him died in the same manner as he did.
War is a terrible thing. But when you start one, you should not be allowed to just call for a ceasefire when things get too painful. That's what General Sherman knew, and what we all need to understand and be committed to.
I want Lebanon to be free, peaceful and prosperous, but that won't happen as long as Hezbollah, Syria and the Iranians are allowed to use that country as a base from which to conduct warfare on Lebanon's neighbors and constituent groups. These people don't learn without shock and awe. If it worries you that our image will suffer with other nations, remember that they don't like us much anyway. Criticism is inevitable. In foreign policy, I would rather be feared than seen as a peacemaker of U.N. stripe. Richard Cohen
, of all people, seems to agree:
These calls for proportionality rankle. They fall on my ears not as genteel expressions of fairness, some ditsy Marquess of Queensberry idea of war, but as ugly sentiments pregnant with antipathy toward the only state in the Middle East that is a democracy. After the Holocaust, after 1,000 years of mayhem and murder, the only proportionality that counts is zero for zero. If Israel's enemies want that, they can have it in a moment.
These folks seem to think that wars are supposed to be fair fights. And they
claim that George W. Bush doesn't understand history!