Monday, July 24, 2006

Negotiate a Suicide?

To quote Hussein Massaw, (rest his soul in hell) the Hezbollah engineer of the suicide attack that killed 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French paratroopers in Beirut in 1983: "We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you." The muslim jihadists don't want to kill us because they have been deprived of freedom. They want to kill us because they believe their religion tells them that is what they are required to do. It is why they continue to try to kill us even when they live in very comfortable democratic circumstances such as Los Angeles and Detroit. Freedom is not a cure for what ails them.

Let us review a brief history of the "freedom fighters" of Hezbollah:

They perpetrated the 1983 bombings in Beirut that killed 241 US servicemen, 63 U.S. Embassy personnel and 58 French paratroopers. The 1984 torture-murder of CIA station chief in Lebanon William Buckley. The 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the torture-murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem. The 1988 torture-murder of Col. William Higgins. The bombings of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, killing 29, the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 96, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing 19 U.S. servicemen.

In spite of the nonsensical utterings of the U.N. secretary general and our own Dhimmicrat Senator Christopher Dodd, how is Israel supposed to "proportionally" respond to an enemy that hides missiles in houses that are inhabited by civilians? A war crime. And how is Israel supposed to "proportionally" respond to an enemy that volleys missiles laced with ball bearings against Israel’s civilian population? Again a war crime.

In fact just about everything Hezbollah and Hamas do is a war crime.

But few will say it is a war crime, and that Hezbollah and Hamas are war criminals.

The citizens of Lebanon are painfully learning the lessons of failing to form a sovereign state. Sovereignty requires that Lebanon maintain a monopoly on the use of force within its territory. By allowing Hezbollah to establish a terrorist state within its borders it has not done so; consequently, the claims of sovereignty ring hollow. There are really only two plausible explanations: either Lebanon is allowing Hezbollah’s attacks; in which case they’re a belligerent or they’re unable to stop Hezbollah in which case they’re not sovereign.

Any agreement entered into by Israel as a result of "negotiations" which allows the jihadists' military capabilities to survive is a suicide pact.



Anonymous said...

I am sad when I read what you have written because I know it is true.

I hope that those who make policy in this country not only know what you have said, but act accordingly.

So very very sad.

Anonymous said...

By Hezbollah's own testimony, deterrance failed because Hezbollah had come to expect a "proportionate" response from Israel. While the Associated Press characterizes this as Hezbollah's miscalculation, it is actually Israel's. The Jewish state allowed the credibility of its threat to retaliate to degrade to the point that Hezbollah did not believe it. Westerners and dovish Israelis who pressured Israel to show restraint also bear responsibility, for they undermined the one thing that stood a chance of keeping the peace: the credibility of the threat that Israel would retaliate against Hezbollah with overwhelming, disproportionate force. Neither Israel nor the West should make that mistake again.

Anonymous said...

For too long, the world has expected Israel to fight with one hand behind its back, even when others commit acts of war against them. Israel withdrew from Gaza and from Lebanon to avoid the implications of occupation, where Israel had to act in a law-enforcement mode where proportionality makes more sense. Now, however, Hezbollah invaded Israel, killed eight soldiers, and captured two others -- an act of war that no other nation would abide, with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter's United States, circa 1979.

Anonymous said...

By the same rationale, Bin Laden saw that the west was weak, and would do nothing more than threaten a lawsuit, lob a few bombs and turn its sleepy eyes back to its own self obsessed delusions. We paid the price, and once again, the sleepy eyes have turned away.

We should learn form Israel, and use our might accordingly. Only then will peace be possible.

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Anonymous 11:31, you are right. If you define "peace" as the absence of armed conflict, it is not the default condition of man during recorded history. Civilizations are cyclical and a good argument can be made that the "west" is on the decline. We are not given the gift of presience so only time will tell in the meantime we must use the means available to us to prevail.