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Submitted by Pavel (United States), Jul 24, 2006 at 14:02

The day current developments started I wondered - "How long would it take for Euro-media (and their liberal counterparts here) to blame Israel for the war? I gave them 3 days. Well, for once, I was right. This is a bitter satisfaction, to see things all too clear.

What surprised me was the strength of American support with, understandingly, exception of our fifth column of local Muslim and Arab populace and their friends in CNN and the rest of self-pronounced "mainstream media".

I give Israel another couple of weeks before the White House makes them stop. Unfortunately, Israelis have nobody but themselves to blame for the sorrow state of affairs. Being a democratic country, you elect the leaders you want, so you are responsible for them and their policies. Electing defeatists like Olmert you give your mortal enemy a signal of your weakness and provoke them to exploit it.

For the last 60 years, every generation of Israelis had to fight its war. Every war was imposed on them by the enemy, every war made them stronger and their enemy weaker. That is - until they gave up. So, Hezbollah teaches them a bloody lesson and set them back to reality. Unfortunately, innocent Israeli boys are footing the bill for their cowardly and incompetent leaders. The biggest crime committed by current Israeli government is been caught by surprise. Took them two weeks to call the reservists - two weeks lost (out of, maybe, four they have).

How on Earth was it possible not to learn from the American experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, rely exclusively on aerial bombardments and artillery to do the job which only foot soldiers can do? It looks to me the Israeli "leadership" is looking for excuse not to defeat Hezbollah, just hold on for a while, until the "holt" command emerges from Washington. I'd like to be wrong...

Wrong mentality, weak leadership. You can't "teach a lesson" unless you deal them a decisive blow. You can teach them later, but first - clean up the house, which means simply going there and killing as many bad guys as possible, preferably - all of them.

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