July 20, 2006

Deadly Harvest

As you sow, so shall you reap:

Israeli troops met fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion. Israeli warplanes also launched new airstrikes on Beirut's southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, shortly after daybreak, followed by strikes in the guerrillas' heartland in the south and eastern Bekaa Valley. The strikes followed bombings Wednesday that killed as many as 70 people, according to Lebanese television, making it the deadliest day since the fighting began July 12.

Russia sharply criticized Israel over its onslaught against Lebanon, now in its ninth day, sparked when Hezbollah militants captured two Israeli soldiers. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Israel's actions have gone "far beyond the boundaries of an anti-terrorist operation" and repeating calls for an immediate cease-fire.

Russia is somewhat correct; this is "far beyond the boundaries of an anti-terrorist operation" as they claim. This is not an anti-terrorist operation, but a quite conventional war.

Would the Russian Foreign Ministry be so kind as to answer what their response would be Hezbollah launched over 1,600 rocket and mortar attacks deliberately targeting Russian civilians? What if Hezbollah had fired these same 1,600 missiles and mortar shells into France?

We know their answer in advance. Beirut would already resemble another Dresden or Hiroshima, and the few hundredShia dead now would number in the thousands.

I can find very little sympathy for the Lebanese Shia who have so closely embraced Hezbollah and their tactics over the past decades. Every suffering Shia child you see in a Lebanese hospital is there because Israel was forced to respond against Hezbollah's incessant attacks.

I have very little sympathy for so-called "civilian" populations that willingly support terrorist groups, whether that population are Lebanese Shias south of Beirut, Palestinians in Gaza, or Pashtun villages in the tribal areas of Pakistan. They accept and often celebrate the terrorists in their midst, accept their philosophies, share their goals, and their successes. The flip side of this is that they must embrace the repercussions against terrorism as well.

Terrorism cannot be eradicated as a tactic if the populations that support it do not pay the price for that support. Terrorism will die when the civilian breeding grounds of terrorist support shares in the pain that terrorism causes.

Lebanon's Hezbollah-supporting Shia are now feeling some of that pain both physically and politically. Whether or not it is enough for them to change their ways remains to be seen.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 20, 2006 01:42 PM | TrackBack

No no no no. Beirut would most certainly not resemble Dresden or Hiroshima. It would resemble GROZNY.

Posted by: Tim at July 20, 2006 04:30 PM

This is precisely what happens when you submit to the Islamofascists. The plight of the Lebanese, while lamentable, is still largely of their own making.

The choice they had was to fight Hezbollah and suffer great losses or allow Hezbollah to live amongst them. They are now suffering significant losses, with many more to come, I'm sure.

It's an object lesson that should be learned by all who do not embrace the Islamofascist ideology- appease and die another day or fight to win.

Posted by: Allan at July 20, 2006 10:10 PM

Now Hamas wants a cease-fire, which will free up more air assets for the north. I don't expect much movement on ground units for the moment, but I can't believe the Hizb are too happy about this Hamas offering.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 22, 2006 02:45 PM