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August 9, 2006

There Are Fringe Benefits To Israel Being On The Offense

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

That's the read of Marvin Leibstone in his piece at - and I like the way this guy thinks.

srael's attacks in southern Lebanon are rooted in realism: Weaken Hezbollah so that it could no longer send rockets or troops against Israeli targets. Hezbollah's attacks are steeped in fantasy: Nibble away at Israel, and Israel will crumble.

The former objective is possible, the latter impossible.

Also, there are fringe benefits to the Israeli attacks: Beirut is learning it had better clean house or it will pay an awful price again for allowing Hezbollah to stage attacks from southern Lebanon, and global resentment toward Iran and Syria (Hezbollah's paymasters) has increased.

But there are no benefits for Hezbollah from its attacks into Israel. When the fighting in Lebanon ends, Israel will still be Israel, a nation intact. Hezbollah will be a battered fight club, which is the fate of Hamas and al-Qaeda even if another 9/11 occurs. The Islamic militants don't get it - an unrestrained Israel could decimate all of Lebanon, Iran, Syria and the Palestinian territories in days, just as another 9/11 could be the tipping point for U.S.-led strikes causing the Middle East to look like Dresden during World War II.

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And the time may be coming soon that Iran and Syria will think looking like Dresden would be a good thing, that is, after Israel finishes taking out Iran's nuclear and military facilities with tactical nukes. Ahmadinejad isn't going to leave Israel any choice. BTW - I wonder how much of the information at this anti-U.S./anti-Israel group's site is for real! Wow!

Posted by Richard at August 9, 2006 2:19 AM

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