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Wrong, Kevin!

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Submitted by a Filipino liberal (Philippines), Jul 26, 2006 at 04:25

You missed the point, as usual. His point was that it's so easy to call for war and bloodshed when you're not actually the one doing the fighting. He never once said anything even closely related to having to side with Hezbollah because you live in the US. What fascinating logic you have, my friend.

As for your next paragraph, it just proves what he said about how bloodthirsty many of you war-hawks are. As long as it's not your blood being spilled on the battlefield, of course.

Even if the people posting here could and did enlist in the IDF, I think the Hezbollah fighters are much more courageous than the Israelis are. The Israelis have much more advanced weapons, especially air power than the Lebanese and could simply bomb them out with jet fighters. Yet the Lebanese are fighting hard for something they believe in, and their determination to win is just as great, if not greater, than the Israelis. Hezbollah also believes it's in the right. What are you going to do then? I'm not condoning them, I'm not saying they're right, I'm just saying they're a lot braver than the Israelis, because they are.

Remember how the US, the most powerful nation in the world, lost to guerrillas in Vietnam? Though the Vietnamese took more than 10 times as many losses as the Americans, they were prepared to take that many casualties because they believed in what they were fighting for. The Americans, on the other hand, had no faith in their country's motives in Vietnam. They believed the US was wrong to be there, and of course they were correct. So the Americans pulled out after losing the "high" amount of 57,000 men. (Though the US likes to boast about their role in wars, the fact is that they always lose the least men in a war. In World War II, the US only lost about 300,000 people, soldiers and civilian, a far cry when compared to the 20 million people the Soviet Union lost ).

P.S. Also, when you said wanted to turn Lebanon into a crater, you forgot that unlike the surrounding nations, Lebanon is not a predominantly Arab or Muslim nation, and there are many Christians living there. Hezbollah is a group of Muslim Lebanese in the south of the country, not the whole country. Try and learn some geography first, before you shoot your mouth off.

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