Some Perspective from my son, serving in Iraq.
Except for a few sideways references in the past couple of weeks, I've remained pretty quiet about the current situation in Lebanon. I figured it was time I put my two cents in.
I'm twenty-three years old, so I was a bit too young to remember or care about what happened the last time Hezbollah was feeling its oats. For me, in my cognizant lifetime, Israel has been a hotbed for suicide bombings, perpetrated by people whose actions have been guided by a twisted and evil interpretation of an otherwise normal religion. I don't remember the last time rockets were fired into Israel from Lebanon. I don't remember the bombing of the Marine barracks. However, I am a student of history, so when all this kicked off I started doing some research. And I started thinking.
I wonder what would happen in the United States if, say, Mexico began launching artillery rockets into Texas, if the images of destruction and death were coming not from Haifa, but from San Antonio? Would the left wing and the media be crying for moderation and peace talks? Would the world condemn us for taking the fight to them? Some would say that Israel is a contested territory, that hundreds of thousands of Muslims were forcibly removed from their homes, and for that reason, the analogy does not hold up. To those people I say you are wrong, because a large portion of Texas was once under the Mexican flag.
Since December 7, 1941, the world has known that the United States is a force to be reckoned with when it's attacked within its own borders. I think it's safe to say that that tradition would hold up, and the U.S. military would swiftly and violently punish those responsible. What do you expect the game plan would be? Precision airstrikes? Small incursions of infantry? Special Forces?
My point is this: Israel is a sovereign country. The Israelis have EVERY RIGHT to defend their own borders against foreign attackers. For decades they have endured the cowardly attacks of terrorists. They have turned the other cheek time and time again against these attacks. They have offered the olive branch many times and been spurned by radical Muslims. To accuse them of any wrongdoing because they have finally retaliated against these acts of aggression is pure lunacy.
Put yourself in their shoes, and realize if it was your country, your fellow citizens being murdered, you'd probably want something done about it.
UPDATE: Many thanks to the folks at Powerline for naming Blue Crab Boulevard Blog of the Week (or so) and thanks again for linking this post from my son. His other posts are under the 'Foreign Correspondence' tag on the sidebar should you be interested in reading them. Visitors, please do take a look around, and thanks for stopping by.
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