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|Autor:||Pablo Edronkin [ Lun Jul 24, 2006 3:17 am ]|
|Asunto:||What Is A Proportionate Combat Response, Anyway?|
Critics of Israel and its campaign in Lebanon are saying that the country's response to the initial attack that they suffered is disproportionate. I think that they are ruthless indeed, but war is ruthless by nature, so if one doesn't want a war, one should not provoke it. Israelis are being ruthless because they have learned thorough very hard and painful experience that they are dealing with an enemy that is ruthless itself.
Of course, nobody would like to be in the place of a refugee, and yes, one has to have some humanity; but we have to see the whole thing from the right perspective without falling in love with superficiality: The Israelis are right when they say that Lebanon is responsible for hosting a terrorist group there, but is this a case of collective punishment? Perhaps, but there is more than that: proportionality in combat is not an issue of a tit-for-tat while counting bullets and grenades thrown, and if you host terrorist at home, you should be aware of the consequences.
War is essentially to destroy the will and capability to fight that an enemy has, and if the Lebanese terrorists - for they are Lebanese, remember - are still capable of fighting back after artillery barrages, smart bombs missiles and assorted ordnance thrown upon them, then logically, the Israeli response is proportionate in terms of the menace. If I were in the place of Israeli commanders I would probably do the same before sending my people to the killing fields prepared by the fanatics from the other side.
Now we see that war is a terrible thing and we should not fall into yet another one; I think that nobody in a right state of mind likes to see buildings destroyed, old ladies fainting under the sun, wounded children, lost pets and cities under siege, but we have to remember that Hizbullah is a grass-roots movement, and now its constituency is learning what they were standing for. We have to remember that in southern Beirut people were celebrating shortly after Hizbullah attacked Israel a few days ago and captured two Israelis. I wonder if they still have something to celebrate, or if they have learned the lesson.
The Germans and the Japanese, both of whom were absolutely ruthless during WWII were bombed into pacifism, and not persuaded to become peace loving, enlightened nations.
It is cruel indeed, but it is the ignorance of those who support the Hizbullah and not the Israelis who brought disgrace to Lebanon, and it is the Muslim fanatics who have been talking about the destruction of Israel since 1948 the ones who started all this. We should not be surprised by the Israeli retaliation.
You can read more about this perspective at .
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