Thursday, July 27, 2006
Is the war in Lebanon winnable?
Given the recent report that Nasrallah may be in Syria, it would seem that Hezbollah can function without him, ala al queda. How do you win a war against such a decentralized enemy? On top of that, as Sandmonkey pointed out, the fight for the Hezbollah peeps has become one about honor - it's not about winning, it's about fighting. Fighting against what? Why? It doesn't matter if, rationally, they would be better off if they cooperated with Israel as a friendly neighbor. Rationality is not that important to them - hatred is where they are coming from. In order to better understand the mindset of these people, I think you should all watch the following AMAZING interview of ex-terrorists, discussing how and why they were terrorists to begin with, and what exactly can be done to fight them. It seems that these ex-terrorists say that the only thing that is understood is force. That is why I have come to the conclusion that Israel should just carpet bomb southern Lebanon if they want to win. As I already stated, legally, the Lebanese are in fact collectively responsible for the actions of Hezbollah - but particularly the Shia Lebanese. Israel already is letting the Lebanese who do not want to fight leave. They are minimizing civilian deaths. Only a carpet bombing will truly root out Hezbollah, and then hopefully afterwards, an international force can come in and rebuild Lebanon, and make it better than it ever was - ala what the allies did after WWII. I honestly believe this is the only way to win the war. Anything less than this will not work. But thankfully, Condi Rice sees things as they are. She refuses to negotiate merely for a cease fire, because she sees it is not a solution to the problem. Lasting peace is the only answer, according to Condi. I do not believe lasting peace is possible. But in order to get a temporary detante - which is alll one can hope for in the Middle East - then it seems that overwhelming force must be used.