International Calls for a Ceasefire In Lebanon: Nothing New Under the Sun
God bless President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their backbone in resisting craven calls from Europe, the Arab world and the mainstream media worldwide for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. Why are the Bush Administration and Israel so cynical about the prospects for an immediate ceasefire leading to peace? The archives of Dry Bones give the answer. Its creator, cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen, provides the historical context that mainstream media should provide but never do. On the subject of ceasefires, here is a Dry Bones cartoon from the summer of 1982, when the Israeli forces invading Lebanon were confronting Syrian armor and troops in the Bekaa Valley:
Nor is it new that foreign capitals and international media ignore Lebanon when the only news is that Hezbollah terrorists have crossed into the border into Israel to kill or kidnap Israelis, or are launching rockets at Israeli cities. That's strictly a dog-bites-man story. However, when Israel defends itself--that gets their attention. Kirschen proves that by reprinting a 1992 cartoon:
As the one of the oldest and wisest Middle East correspondents, King Solomon, wrote in Jerusalem almost 3000 years ago, "There is nothing new under the sun."