Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel has hit hundreds of targets in Lebanon as part of its effort to free two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas, a top Israeli general said today. Israel also said it has information that the guerrillas who captured the soldiers are trying to transfer them to Iran, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, according to The Associated Press.


Blogger Helen the Felon said...

And for the second time this week, I'm tempted to go off on Israel in someone's blog comments (see JMG's post about World Pride) But again, I'll refrain.


7/13/06, 3:27 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Hey, don't refrain on my account. I mean, I'm not sure what Israel is supposed to do here, though I think there must be a better option than starting World War III.

7/13/06, 5:12 PM  
Blogger Helen the Felon said...

I'm not refraining on anyone's account, really...I'm just over expending the energy to get pissed off about it, you know?

In short, I believe very strongly that Israel is a terrorist nation, and that they are not labeled as such because they are, however tenuously, "allies" of the US. Their response to Lebanon's admittedly stupid and aggressive action is nothing short of absurd. The results will be it's a question of what the scale of the destruction will be.

But it's cool, because their leader didn't beat up Dubya's daddy the way Saddam did.

7/14/06, 10:29 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I'm sure that's true--One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. (A cliche for every occasion, that me.) I think Israel routinely commits war crimes and gets away with it because of our veto in the Security Council (among other reasons).

Still, it's also true that Israel has made good faith efforts to make peace down through the years--and they HAVE made peace with Egypt and Jordan (where vast majorities of the population remain free to think Jews drink the blood of gentile children)--but, for whatever reason, others refuse to get over the past, and THAT's what's fueling this.

To put it all on Israel for overreacting to the kidnappings is, I think, unfair. Once paid the Danegeld, one never gets rid of the Dane. (See, I meant it: a cliche for all occasions.)

I find it pathetic how upset Hamas and Hizbollah are over Israel's refusal to negotiate a prisoner exchange. It's like they think they did nothing wrong when the fact of the matter is, *they committed acts of war*--so war is what they got.

7/22/06, 6:52 PM  

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