Monday, July 31, 2006

The Cowardice Of Hezbollah

From the Ottawa Citizen comes this story on Hezbollah's cowardice.
The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed in an Israeli bombing of a UN post in Lebanon are evidence Hezbollah was using the post as a "shield" to fire rockets into Israel, says a former UN commander in Bosnia.

Using the UN as a shield is nothing new to these cowards. They did it the last time the UN had forces there. It's like the little brother that picks a fight with his older brother, then runs behind his mother for cover. Hiding behind the skirts of the UN is one thing, but if that's not enough to demonstrate just how despicable this bunch is, here is a story from the Australian newspaper, the Herald-Sun, complete with photo evidence.
THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon's battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia.

The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.

Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.


That's not the half of it. The world community is quick to condemn Israel for the Qana attack yesterday. But when you ask the same people that are quick to condemn them about Hezbollah using innocents as shields, they most always say: It's horrible, BUT ISRAEL........Israel shouldn't do this, Israel shouldn't do that, Israel should show restraint, Israel should fight with one arm tied behind their backs, etc.

Well here at PYY. we call it clearly and plainly, so that there is no doubt. Hezbollah is a bunch of cowards, plain and simple. If they had Allah on their side and he was all-powerful, shouldn't they be prevailing against the so-called "evil" Israelis, without using these cowardly techniques?

Well, they are not prevailing, are they? And you want to know something else? Israel IS fighting with one arm tied behind their backs. Imagine the carnage and the overwhelming defeat Hezbollah would have suffered by now, if the other hand were loosed. In fact, Israel is to be commended for showing the remarkable amount of restraint that it has shown, up to this point.

3 comments:

A.C. said...

Passionately said. A lot of us are fed up with these same ole tricks and the same ole reaction from the usual suspects.

Remember their incredible restraint during the Gulf War? No more Saddam/no nukes (yet) in Iran/Arafat -Abbas-Nidal all gone/HAMAS forced to exercise some responsibility after their election win.

It's now or never for Israel.

LASunsett said...

AC,

//It's now or never for Israel.//

Not only is their very existence at stake, so is their credibility. If they back down now simply because the world is condemning them, they will forever be trying to gain that credibility back.

Aaron X said...

Repost to Bookerrising

I'm not impressed by those who characterize Israel's action in Lebanon as massacring civilians. No doubt civilian deaths are occurring, far too many, most specifically young children. But the remarks of some of those including Representative Cynthia McKinney are nothing more than inflammatory rhetoric which helps to galvanize people in their positions, but will do nothing to influence the Bush administration in its handling of this situation.

From a military standpoint, the Israelis are not doing what's in their best interest. Strictly from a military tactical perspective they should mount a massive invasion, cutting off the border with Syria and cutting off the northern mountainous region of Lebanon, trap the Hezbollah fighters in a pocket and push them toward the sea where they can be isolated and wiped out.

Of course in such an operation you're going to have a minimum 12,000 to 15,000 civilian casualties, and you're going to wipe out a large segment of the male population of southern Lebanon, because that's who these Hezbollah fighters are, the indigenous people of the region. But in the immediate long-term Israel would deal a death blow to Hezbollah, at least until the young people of the region (what's left of them) grow up and take retribution for their fathers killings, and the death toll over a 10-year period would would ultimately be less in comparison.

In this scenario, the US should support Israel with two aircraft carrier task force groups, and ground forces from Iraq. If we did so, the fighting would be over in Lebanon in a matter of weeks. Of course this will only inflame tensions and hatred throughout the Middle East, and likely provoke Syria and Iran.

But of course that's exactly what many who have been advising the Bush administration would like to see. In the long-term, a wider war now which pacifiers the entire Middle East could perhaps head off the nuclear conflict which is likely to ensue at some point down the road in this region. Occupying the entire Middle East may not prevent this imminent conflict, but it may stave it off for a a decade or two.

I'm not saying that I advocate this, but I understand its appeal. Those who take this position think that the Middle East can be reshaped by the military power of the West, and perhaps it can in the short-term. But over the long haul, these actions are going to come back to haunt us in our nightmares.

The current Israeli government really has no idea what they're doing, that's obvious. Their government mirrors our own in this respect. Too bad that so many young soldiers and civilians must die as a result of this profound lack of vision.

Learn to practice war no more.