Know Thy Enemy – By Orson Scott Card

World Watch – Know Thy Enemy – By Orson Scott Card

I do hope that the readers of this column already know that no decent person could ever advocate that Israel negotiate with Hamas and Hezbollah or give in to their demands in the slightest in order to get their kidnapped soldiers back.

The slightest concession would only guarantee that more and more Israelis would be kidnapped in the future. The only way to extinguish kidnapping is to make sure that it never, never, never succeeds.

But the media are already finding ways to make this Israel’s fault — or at least to declare that the only hope for a peaceful solution is for Israel to give up any possibility of defending itself.

Hezbollah’s avowed aim — and the publicly declared goal of their sponsors in Iran — is the complete destruction of the nation of Israel. They regard civilians in Israel as fair game, to be killed whenever they feel like it.

So Israel obviously “provokes” their kidnappings and missile attacks by existing.

Why does Hezbollah dare to do this? …[Click to read more]


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Posted on July 22, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It seems Mr. Card does not know his enemy….or his friend, actually. He does not seem to realize that Israel and Hezbollah have been trading prisoners, kidnapping people, since 1982. This is not a new phenomenon. Com’on Mr. Card. You say, “know thy enemy.” But you don’t really know them do you?

  2. How much have you read of Orson Scott Card’s War Watch? He is a brilliant essayist will keen insights into current affairs.

    Check him out at: http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/index.html

  3. I only found fault with this:

    The slightest concession would only guarantee that more and more Israelis would be kidnapped in the future.

    That’s why I said it is ironic that Mr. Card says, “know thy enemy.” Apparenlty he doesn’t know that both Israel and Hezbollah have been trading kidnappings since 1982. Generally speaking, Mr. Card is pretty moderate, and I think he is a smart man who knows a good amount, but like most Americans, he does not know the Middle East very well.

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