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Friday, July 14, 2006
WSJ on current Israel crisis
An interesting take.

Some tidbits:

In the case of Hamas, perhaps Israel could rain indiscriminate artillery fire on Gaza City, surely a proportionate response to the 800 rockets Hamas has fired at Israeli towns in the last year alone. In the case of Hezbollah, it might mean carpet bombing a section of south Beirut, another equally proportionate response to Hezbollah's attacks on civilian Jewish and Israeli targets in Buenos Aires in the early 1990s.

We aren't being serious, but neither is a feckless international community that refuses to proportionately denounce the outrages to which Israel is being subjected. That goes also for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who says "all sides must act with restraint." But Israel's current problems result in part from an excess of restraint in responding to previous Hamas and Hezbollah provocations.


Israel can and will handle the immediate military threats on its two borders. But ultimately there will be no resolution in Lebanon and Gaza until the regimes in Syria and Iran believe they will pay a price for the wars they are waging through their proxies.
Wow! Go WSJ!
Great link, Ralphie. Thanks.

The low intensity war of attrition that had been happening until two weeks ago is very demoralizing to a democracy, and Israel's (and US's) enemies know this. The only way to achieve peace is to demoralize the enemy with a crushing military defeat. Durable peace can only be built on a definitive victory. The talking heads on the TV news shows ask how the hostilities can be de-escalated. Why? That's the recipe for war-without-end.

Please, Israel, escalate!

Go. Fight. Win.
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