Surprise, surprise. Israel defends itself and it gets castigated. This comes as no real surprise here.
French President Jacques Chirac questioned whether Israel was seeking Lebanon's destruction.
"One may well ask if there isn't today a kind of wish to destroy Lebanon -- its infrastructure, its roads, its communications, its energy, its airport. And for what?
Hezbollah and Hamas attack Israel, kidnap soldiers, and we have to ask ourselves, for what? Let's ask ourselves something. How about this. Did Israel kidnap any of Hamas' or Hezbollah's men, before they were attacked?
"I find honestly -- as all Europeans do -- that the current reactions are totally disproportionate," he said in a live television interview on France's national Bastille Day.
Of course, they are disproportionate. That is the only thing this element understands. Not only that, the Israelis know that when you go to war, you go to win. If diplomacy was ever going to work, it would have worked by now. The time for talk is over. The Israelis have made their decision to up the ante. Talking only plays into the hands of those that seek to intimidate and manipulate.
Do you really want peace in the Middle East? Tell Hamas and Hezbollah to give back the soldiers and sit down and talk. Tell them to do it and do it now. Tell them to stop launching rocket and suicide bombing attacks. Tell them give up their criminal ways and be diplomats and statesmen.
If they do that, then all (and I say ALL) of the pressure goes back to Israel. And if after that they do not stop, then you can condemn them. Then, you can call for strongly worded statements, resolutions, and even sanctions. But until you get the terrorists to stop, you will not be able to convince the Israelis to stop this military campaign, and quite frankly, I wouldn't ask them to.
UPDATE: Check out this article by Krauthammer, it tells of some stark realities and explains further what I am trying to say.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Read this.