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Jewish World Review
July 20, 2006
/ 24 Tamuz, 5766
Boys will be boys
To the grizzled and disheveled stalwarts of
Hezbollah and Hamas, may I say you did it to yourselves. Kapow!
As another Israeli bomb lands nearby, as a shell whizzes
overhead, may I remind you that you are hunkering down either on Gaza or on
Lebanese soil that was evacuated by the Israelis so that you could live in
peace. And what did you donkeys do? You tunneled under the Israeli borders
to infiltrate Israel and kill innocent civilians. You established an
infrastructure of missiles to rain down destruction on Israeli cities that
were at peace, providing security and prosperity for both Jews and Arabs.
You captured Israeli soldiers in an unprovoked attack. Kapow!
You are getting just what you deserve.
Moreover the terrorists of Hezbollah and Hamas have revealed to
any sensible observer that they have no interest in peace with Israel or
with the West, for that matter. Needless to say, they have no interest in a
peaceful Gaza or Lebanon. The same bellicosity afflicts the allies of these
terrorists in Syria and Iran. The brutes in these governments are pitiless
and belligerent tyrants. Listening to their sophistries about their need for
nuclear power or their desire for a peaceful world puts me in mind of all
the irenic poetry of the late Herr Hitler back when things were good for him
in the middle 1930s. It all ended badly for everyone. When in May 1940
Winston Churchill became prime minister, he thought himself a failure. He
recognized that all his admonitions s against the Nazis in the previous
decade had proved futile. Now only world war would bring peace.
The land from which Hezbollah has been firing missiles was
supposed to be free of militias, according to United Nations Security
Council Resolution 1559. The Taif Accords, by which the Lebanese civil war
was ended, also called for disarming the militias and giving the Lebanese
army control of its border. United Nations peacekeepers have been stationed
there to see that these diplomatic measures were implemented. Obviously once
again UN peacekeepers have failed. Though at least in southern Lebanon the
peacekeepers have not raped and pillaged. Pacifying the region is obviously
going to be left to the Israelis. I hope our government resupplies them as
soon as they finish the business.
Yet that leaves a large question. What are the next measures to
be taken to secure peace in the Middle East? Again the terrorists have
foolishly tipped their hand. They have revealed with their missile attacks
that the missiles they have access to are increasingly powerful. Now they
are landing them on Haifa. Next they will be landing them on Tel Aviv. In
time they will be able to hit anywhere in Israel. Israel is going to have to
take action to see to it that no more missile attacks are possible and that
Hezbollah's suppliers Syria and Iran stop arming them.
I would think this means that Israel for the short term is going
to have to take control of the border regions of Lebanon and of Gaza from
which it withdrew. Reportedly some 50 percent of Hezbollah's
missile-launching capacity has been destroyed. Perhaps this is accurate, but
only troops on the ground will be able to ensure that the terrorists do not
return with their missiles. Yet even troops in Lebanon cannot deny
Hezbollah's acquisition of ever more powerful weapons. That means its
suppliers are going to have to be dealt with.
Diplomacy does not seem to work with the Syrians or with the
Iranians. We have been dealing with the Iranians diplomatically on their
nuclear capacity for months. They remain obdurate and dishonest, and now
their clients have unleashed war against Israel. The only recourse might
well be the recourse taken by Israel in June 1981 when Israeli aircraft
destroyed Iraq's nuclear facilities. Many, even many conservatives, get very
agitated by such suggestions. Well, allow me to remind them of President
Ronald Reagan's reaction when his National Security Adviser informed him in
the Oval Office of the Israeli bombing. They used bombers we had sold them,
the adviser harrumphed. "Well," said the Old Cowboy, "boys will be Boys."
That, of course, is how Reagan expressed what is the oldest idea known to
man: Philosophical acceptance of the inevitable.
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