Tuesday, August 1

about the war

This is brilliant, please read this!
Israel is not fighting or against Lebanon or trying to murder innocent people; Israel is trying to protect its people against terrorists - The Hezbolah, who are launching attacks on innocent people in Israel. The world can't seem to see that Israel is defending its country against terror and will protect any of its people who find themselves in a dangerous situation. The Hezbolah are terrorists who are housed by Lebanon and the world cannot seem to see that ALL of us should fight against terror.
All the leading global countries want to fight against terror - surely this is the time?

Who dares throw stones at Israel?
Charles Krauthammer,
The Washington Post

What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdownclock by the world , given a limited time window in which to fight back,regardless of whether it has restored its own security?
What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its
cities--every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians--and is
then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's
infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that
sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral
civilian death and suffering?
Hearing the world pass judgment on the Israel-Hezbollah war as it
unfolds is to live in an Orwellian moral universe. With a few significant
exceptions (the leadership of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and a
very few others), the world--governments, the media, U.N. bureaucrats--has
completely lost its moral bearings.
The word that obviates all thinking and magically inverts victim into
aggressor is "disproportionate," as in the universally decried "disproportionate Israeli response."
When the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, it did not respond
with a parallel "proportionate" attack on a Japanese naval base. It launched
a four-year campaign that killed millions of Japanese, reduced Tokyo,
Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a cinder, and turned the Japanese home islands
to rubble and ruin.
Disproportionate? No. When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one
has every right-- legal and moral--to carry the fight until the aggressor is
disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again.
That's what it took with Japan.
Britain was never invaded by Germany in World War II. Did it respond to
the blitz and V-1 and V-2 rockets with "proportionate" aerial bombardment of
Germany? Of course not. Churchill orchestrated the greatest land
invasion in history that flattened and utterly destroyed Germany, killing untold
innocent German women and children in the process.
The perversity of today's international outcry lies in the fact that
there is indeed a disproportion in this war, a radical moral asymmetry between
Hezbollah and Israel: Hezbollah is deliberately trying to create
civilian casualties on both sides while Israel is deliberately trying to minimize
civilian casualties on both sides .
In perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the
London blitz, Hezbollah is raining rockets on Israeli cities and villages.These
rockets are packed with ball bearings that can penetrate automobiles and
shred human flesh. They are meant to kill and maim. And they do.
But it is a dual campaign. Israeli innocents must die in order for
Israel to be terrorized.

But Lebanese innocents must also die in order for Israel to be demonized, which is why Hezbollah hides its fighters, its rockets, its launchers, its entire infrastructure among civilians. Creating human shields is a war crime.
It is also a Hezbollah specialty.
On Wednesday, CNN cameras showed destruction in Tyre. What does Israel
have against Tyre and its inhabitants? Nothing. But the long-range Hezbollah
rockets that have been raining terror on Haifa are based in Tyre. What
is Israel to do? Leave untouched the launch sites that are deliberately
placed in built-up areas?
Had Israel wanted to destroy Lebanese civilian infrastructure, it would
have turned out the lights in Beirut in the first hour of the war, destroying
the billion-dollar power grid and setting back Lebanon 20 years.

It did not do that.
Instead, it attacked dual-use infrastructure--bridges, roads, airport runways--and blockaded Lebanon's ports to prevent the reinforcement and resupply of Hezbollah.
Ten-thousand Katyusha rockets are enough.
Israel was not going to allow Hezbollah 10,000 more.
Israel's response to Hezbollah has been to use the most precise weaponry and targeting it can.

It has no interest, no desire to kill Lebanese civilians.
Does anyone imagine that it could not have leveled south Lebanon, to say
nothing of Beirut?

Instead, in the bitter fight against Hezbollah in south Lebanon, it has repeatedly dropped leaflets, issued warnings, sent messages by radio and even phone text to Lebanese villagers to evacuate so that they would not be harmed.
Israel knows that these leaflets and warnings give the Hezbollah fighters time to escape and regroup.

The advance notification as to where the next attack is coming has allowed Hezbollah to set up elaborate ambushes.
The result?
Unexpectedly high Israeli infantry casualties.
Moral scrupulousness paid in blood.
Israeli soldiers die so that Lebanese civilians will not,
and who does the international community condemn for disregarding civilian

Israel has the right as a country to protect its country and soldiers against ANYONE who wants to do them harm. This started as an act of self defence againt a group of terrorists.
Before you judge ask yourselves this:
What kind of world do you wish to live in?
A world where people go psycho and blow up everything and seem to have no idea what they are doing half the time and ensure that they control with fear and loss and heartbreak and devastation.
Or a world where people fight for what they believe in?
I am sorry but I think the world needs to look at this situation as Israel's fight not only for its people (and believe me they will fight and die for their people - justly - and try to do as little harm as they possibly can) but this war is also our fight against believing that many many nations (civilised intelligent nations) have taken a stand against Israel.
Terrorism is powerful because unless the world sees Hezbollah and all other terrorists and groups for what they are and the harm they do; they are going to win (and win and win and win)
So so far we live in a fantastic world!
Go France for turning against Israel and all the other countries which look through half open eyes!


  1. Put aside the "moral" aspects of the current conflict, take a deep breath, and ask yourself these questions about the likely consequences of the war:

    Will Israel deliver a crushing defeat to Hizbollah in Lebanon?

    No. Israel has paid dearly in blood and treasure in a futile attempt to defeat militias in Lebanon before. The previous campaign lasted 20 years, saw the birth of Hizbollah, and ended in a humiliating retreat for the IDF.

    Does a failed state on Israel's northern border help its national security?

    No. A country with up to 700000 displaced people, a crippled economy, a severely weaken government, and badly damaged infrastructure is a fertile breeding ground for exactly the kind of "enemy" Israel now faces.

    If the IDF "loses" the war (and many argue that it already has, in a very real propaganda sense), how will the war be perceived by Israel's other Arab neighbors?

    Surely if Israel achieves anything less than the complete destruction of Hizbollah (something it failed to do previously in 20 years of bloody conflict) it will only serve to elevate Hizbollah in the eyes of the Arab world; it will embolden those that might choose to take a pot shot; it will galvanize hatred and serve as justification for yet more military spending in the region.

    So my unsolicited advice to you is to put away your moral compass, stop living in a fantasy world of right and wrong, of just and unjust, and simply assess the current actions by their likely consequences. Are these consequences the best for the state of Israel?

  2. I agree with every word in Mr. Krauthammer's article. Thank you for posting it here.

    I am a librarian, a Israeli librarian, and I live in Haifa. We get bombarded everyday. Today has been the worst and too many innocent people were killed by the rockets of the Hizbullah. But we are strong and we will stay strong, despite the reactoins of many countries.
    Europe did not recognize Hizbulla as a terrorist group. Maybe it will only do so after one of their citizens is hurt by this group. What I know is that if Israel continues to lessen Hizbulla's strength then there's less of a chance of any European country to be attacked by this terrorist group. So IO don't care what they say, I know we are right.