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Solving the Israel/Lebanon border crisis

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Submitted by E. J. Blumberg (United States), Aug 1, 2006 at 14:22

We have the "four mothers" to thank for the conflict in Lebanon. However, the secure area worked for a number of years. This neutral area was abandoned because it did produce a number of deaths of Israeli soldiers and was expensive to maintain. But it was much cheaper in lives and material than what is occuring now.

I think that it should be attempted again but with a deeper penetration of Israeli forces than before to prevent future missile attacks by "amateur" rocketeers. Yes, it will produce future deaths of Israeli soldiers but it is far cheaper than the present alternatives. I cannot conceive of another nation willing to put its armed forces (and they'd better be armed) into this meatgrinder situation which leaves the Israelis alone to man this area. perhaps with electronic means to keep deaths to a minimum.

I am also afraid as increasingly heavy and long range rockets become available, no "no go" zone will be deep enough to prevent future attacks as they can be launched from Northern Lebanon or even "neutral" Syria. But it will be deep enough to prevent terrorists and small military units from penetrating into Israel.

The ultimate solution is to cease pouring billions of petoleum dollars into these countries by finding alternative energy sources in the U.S. Nuclear energy is the really only alternative I see.

E. J. Blumberg

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