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Agreed - with one caveat

Reader comment on item: Israel's Unnecessary War in Lebanon
in response to reader comment: Well articulated

Submitted by Alan N. (United States), Jul 18, 2006 at 17:50

Yes, Israel should ignore "World Opinion." Most of the world finds Israel inconvenient and would like to see it disappear. To survive, one doesn't take a vote. And, yes, the U.S. has materially supported Israel, but that doesn't mean Israel should accept its awful advice, such as Condaleeza Rice suggesting (in echo of Colin Powell a few years earlier) that both sides should exercise "restraint." If one side is trying to wipe out the other, self-defense is completely justified and "restraint" is suicide and immoral.

To realize who's the aggressor here, consider the obvious: If Iran & Syrias' proxies didn't attack, Israel wouldn't fire a single bullet or missile. If Israel didn't fire a single missile, Hizbollah and Hamas would still be attacking. Case closed. Israel isn't perfect, but it protects the rights of its citizens, including Arabs. Arab life, to Hizbollah and Hamas, counts for nothing except its public relations value.

Syria and Iran are repressive dictatorships. Lebanon, a "democracy," allows 25% representation of Hizbollah in its legislature. An organization dedicated to unprovoked aggression, to terrorism, and to totalitarian rule by force is not a legitimate "political party" and anyone who admits such a group to its goverment invalidates that government's mandate. A proper government's job is to protect its citizens. They are put at risk by such an inclusion.

Israel should take whatever actions will secure its safety and I hope that the U.S. sees fit to help, since it is in our interest to do so.


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