Friday, July 28, 2006

Krauthammer: Let Israel Win the War

This Charles Krauthammer column appeared today in the New York Daily News, and was picked up by Real Clear Politics. Krauthammer demolishes the argument that Israel has acted disproportionately to the Hezbollah attack. Unfortunately, that shameless and baseless argument continues to gain worldwide traction. Krauthammer writes:

With a few significant exceptions (the leadership of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and a very few others), the world -- governments, the media, U.N. bureaucrats -- has completely lost its moral bearings.


The perversity of today's international outcry lies in the fact that there is indeed a disproportion in this war, a radical moral asymmetry between Hezbollah and Israel: Hezbollah is deliberately trying to create civilian casualties on both sides while Israel is deliberately trying to minimize civilian casualties, also on both sides.

In perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the London blitz, Hezbollah is raining rockets on Israeli cities and villages. These rockets are packed with ball bearings that can penetrate automobiles and shred human flesh. They are meant to kill and maim. And they do.

But it is a dual campaign. Israeli innocents must die in order for Israel to be terrorized. But Lebanese innocents must also die in order for Israel to be demonized, which is why Hezbollah hides its fighters, its rockets, its launchers, its entire infrastructure among civilians. Creating human shields is a war crime. It is also a Hezbollah specialty.

Yet President Bush announced today that Condi Rice is returning to the Middle East. The implication, says Powerline regretfully, in a post ominously titled "Has Hezbollah Won?" is that she is returning to negotiate a ceasefire.


Anonymous FredTownWard said...

Everytime I see something like that "Has Hezbollah Won?" post I shake my head in wonder. I can understand this sort of thing coming from Democrats because even the sane ones are pretending to be lunatics on TV, but I have to ask the panicky right wingers, exactly what in George W. Bush's history makes you think he is easily talked out of doing what he believes is the right thing?

I submit that "W" actually tends to be stubborn to a fault in these kinds of situations even when the cause is obviously hopeless. Remember Harriet Miers? The Dubai Ports Deal? Social Security reform? Well, but W lost those fights, didn't he? Yes, he did because others, specifically Congress, had the power and the numbers to force his hand. Who can force W to cave and put a muzzle on Israel? The UN? Bolton can veto moronic resolutions 'til Hell freezes over! The Arab world? They want to see Hezbollah and Iran defeated almost as much as we do. Russia and China? Their "unhelpfulness" in other areas (see Iran and North Korea) has emptied their diplomatic arsenals. Europe? Don't make me laugh! The Democrats? Riiiight, they are going to make saving Hezbollah from the Israelis the final part of their '06 victory strategy!

I see W pulling the plug and going for a cease fire under two circumstances only: an Israeli REQUEST to that effect or a conviction developing that the Israelis aren't really serious about getting the job done and the latter would take a lot more time to pass to even be POSSIBLE. 

Posted by FredTownWard

Friday, July 28, 2006 6:18:00 PM  
Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

FredTwonWard: I agree with you about W. The problem is not W., whose support for Israel has been steadfast. The problem, as repeatedly noted in this blog, is Israel's leadership, which in fact does not seem "really serious about getting the job done," exactly as you wrote. 

Posted by The Kosher Hedgehog

Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:02:00 AM  

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