posted on Jul, 14 2006 @ 08:57 AM
We can't lose sight of the fact that the anti-Israel antagonists in this situation have the openly stated goal of eliminating Israel entirely.
Civilian deaths --- hell, any deaths --- are hugely tragic. But both Hamas and Hezbollah have declared war with Israel and then centered
their operations in residential areas as a shield trotting out every civilian casualty, the younger the better, to demonize Israel. For its part,
Israel warned Lebanon and dropped leaflets telling civilians to evacuate areas in southern Lebanon where Hezbollah is known to operate and store
Iran has stated repeatedly and openly that it wants Isreal eliminated while at the same time working to develop nuclear weapons. Hezbollah and Hamas
have also openly stated the same goal. Syria and Iran both finance these groups. What is Israel supposed to do under these most severe of threats?
Wait until Iran has nukes and then go at it? No one, this poster included, likes what is going on. But this situation isn't going to go away with
diplomacy. As long as these nations and their affiliated groups call for the elimination of another country there will be an all-out war.
Whether countries beyond the immediate antagonists get actively involved in the fight will be the big question. I believe that if the West stays out
Russia and China will as well. Let's hope.