Proportionality in Wars with Terrorists

Grove City College – The Center for Vision and Values:

… Hezbollah, along with the Palestinian groups Hamas, al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade and Islamic Jihad, are devoted to the annihilation of Israel, a goal shared by Syria and Iran. Hezbollah, a Shiite terrorist group controlled by Iran, also seeks the destruction of the United States, according its goals with those of its sponsors in Teheran. Al Qaeda, which declared war on the United States in 1996, has as its ultimate objective the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate. This means that despite the antipathy between Sunni al Qaeda and Shiite Iran and its surrogate Hezbollah, these groups and nations share similar total war objectives. Couple that with access to weapons of mass destruction, especially the nukes Iran is intent on acquiring, and the future looks very ominous.

Any ceasefire in this war, including one in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Hamas, will be temporary. Such a respite is viable only if it works to the military and strategic advantage of Israel and the United States. Growing sympathy for the sufferings of the Lebanese people must be tempered with the understanding that Lebanon accommodated Hezbollah socially and politically while Beirut did nothing to prevent Hezbollah from attacking Israel from its border strongholds. Dance with the devil; you pay the devil his due.

Additionally, Israel and the United States must not be dissuaded by the argument that the Arab world will “turn on us” if Israeli operations in Lebanon continue. Walid Phares of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies estimates that, of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims, some 300,000,000 to varying degrees support al Qaeda’s goals of defeating the West and establishing a world-wide Islamic caliphate while hundreds of millions of other Muslims-if they do not desire the obliteration of the Judeo-Christian West-certainly want the destruction of Israel. The rest of the world’s Muslim population must decide if they are with us or the Islamic Jihadists.

There can be no accommodations with fanatics devoted to our demise. Some Jihadists, though not the most fanatical, can be deterred if they understand that their attacks will be met with immediate, overwhelming and deadly force. The price they pay for attacking innocents must be vastly disproportionate to any perceived gains. War, best described by Sherman as “all hell,” is not a game. Death is inherently total … and decisive. …[Read more]

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Posted on August 2, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Interestingly, 55 Israelis have been killed to this point, with 35 of them soldiers. Over 750 Lebanese have been killed to this point with the great majority of them civilians…..Who is targeting who?

    Moreover, this conflict began when Hezbollah captured two soldiers not civilians. Last I checked, soldiers were fair game in war.

  2. You do not have the facts correct, Dan.

    July 12

    * Hezbollah launches Katyusha rockets across the Lebanese border with Israel, targeting the town of Shlomi and outposts in the Shebaa Farms area in the Golan Heights which has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War.[1]

    * Hezbollah’s military wing staged a cross-border attack from Lebanon on two Israeli Humvees, as well as rocket and mortar attacks on northern Israel. Three Israeli soldiers were killed and two were kidnapped, with several civilians injured. “Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the Arab prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance… captured two Israeli soldiers (Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev) at the border with occupied Palestine,” Hezbollah said in a statement.[2]

  3. I was actually correct. Were any civilians captured? Hezbollah had as its main purpose of the July 12 raid to capture soldiers. That is not a terrorist attack. That is war.

  4. So Hezbollah are not terrorist in your mind?

    And you were not correct. You failed to admit the missles fired into Israel. If your home were attacked with missles would you think/feel/act differently?

  5. And in war, are not missiles fired?

    oh Hezbollah are definitely terorrists, but not like your fuhrer….er…king….er….emperor….er mafia boss….er…..Dear Leader, Bush portrays them.

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