As a kid in the 50's if you got into a position where you could not continue in some chase game like tag or IT you called fins or finsies. It was like running into church for sanctuary. It meant you had temporary diplomatic immunity.
Hezbollah entered this war assuming that it could always return to its bombing positions status quo ante by yelling for a diplomatic time out or finsies. Israel will not accept finsies anymore.
philosopher kings or rather business kings for rulers. We want the likes of Mohammed Bin Rashed of Dubai. We do not want illuminated crazies like Bin Laden or Ahmadinijad or like the Likudniks in Israel.
We want peace and prosperity.
We are sick and tired of politics and violence.
We just want to live a normal life and dream of a better tomorrow.
His dream is what every sane man wishes for himself and his family all over the world. Instead he has lived a nightmare world inhabited by power hungry madmen and religious fanatics. Now Hezbollah, with its puppets strings pulled from Iran, instigated a fight with Israel. The Israeli response so frightened this poor Lebanese soul that he imagines Lebanon is now lost to Hezbollah entirely.
His latest post, actually a lament, tells us:
Lebanon is not mine anymore. I always realized that day was coming. In fact most Westernized Lebanese thought so.
I could see it. The misery, the poverty, the inequality. It was bound to explode. Hezbollah was born amidst desperate people and with its mix of preaching, charity and military victories against a supposedly unbeatable foe, it gave meaning to their lives.
More than a million people support Hezbollah and idolize its leader Hassan Nasrallah and Israeli bombs today only reinforce the Party of God's grasp on its community.
After this crisis, Hezbollah and its allies will rule. And in anticipation I am trying to cut all ties to the Lebanon that I gave 13 years of my life for while others emigrated at the first opportunity that came up.
I believed, but not anymore. Now it is Hezbollah's turn to impose its Lebanon and I do not want to be a part of it...
You can read the rest at The Day I Realized That My Lebanon Is No More.
However, he is wrong. Israel made a mistake leaving Lebanon in 2000 when Israeli doves took away the political willpower for Israel to defy the UN and let its Defense Forces do its job, not unlike what our own defeatists are trying to do to our political will in Iraq. But now even Israeli doves see what their foolishness has wrought in leaving Hezbollah in power. Hezbollah has invited Israel to a fight and the Arab world has been unusually quiet about the events unfolding in Southern Lebanon. I ignore the feigned concern of the Saudis noted below.
Israel will not make a second mistake. Other than the corrupt criminals at the UN and a few Frenchman peeing in their panties, there is no one to hold Israel back this time. Hezbollah will soon be no more and cries of "massacre" will not hold Israel back nor will it summon world-wide outrage except from a very few predictable defeatist cowards. And finsies won't work anymore.
In order to comfort our lamenting blogger, I left this comment for him:
You are wrong about Lebanon being destroyed. Nature has a lesson for you: when forests are so clogged with debris that it begins to choke on itself, a fire comes along and destroys everything. Or so it seems.
With all the crap destroyed, that forest can come back even stronger with more bio-diversity and healthy growth of new plants. In fact, some trees require a fire to reproduce.
With the dead feces of Hezbollah removed, the strongest impediment to Lebanon's future economic growth will be removed. A stable, democratic Lebanon will attract investment and become a civilized member of the world.
Who knows, someday you may even become trading partners with Israel and attach yourself to the greatest economic engine in the Middle East.
So don't cry for Lebanon; rejoice at the purging of a foul infection within. Soon you will be recovering from a past illness. The medicine may seem harsh now, but you will appreciate it later.
I don't know if he gets the gardening references to Being There.
Before the Palestinians infected Lebanon in huge numbers, it was on track to becoming the financial capital of the Middle East. Once Hezbollah is removed, I believe Lebanon will experience a renaissance. There is no way that Syria or Iran will ever have their fingers in Lebanon again.
It will probably be years before the Lebanese man in the street will appreciate what Israel is doing for his country now.
Right now, this War is a good thing.
freedom watch [now defunct blog], HEZBOLLAH THREATENS REPORTERS
Fox reporters in Lebanon caught on tape Hezbollah firing missiles into Israel. When Hezbollah realized the media was filming this they came over to them and made the usual threats. Hezbollah basically said, according to Fox News, "If you air the film of us firing missiles into Israel, we will kill you.”
the business of america is business [now defunct blog] - No Fries With That Sheikh, Excerpt:
With every outbreak of hostilities between Israel or the US and Muslim-majority countries comes calls for a boycott by the latter (and their allies) of goods and services produced by the former. The current state of war between Israel and Lebanon is no exception. From "Electronic Intifada" we have this announcement:Statement by the Palestinian Civil Society Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel -- Acting Steering Committee: Specifically, people of conscience everywhere are called upon to:boycott all Israeli products and services; boycott Israeli academic, cultural, athletic and economic institutions; pressure unions, professional associations and civil society organizations to divest from Israel; pressure governments to stop all military trade with Israel, as a first step towards adopting total sanctions against it. All these measures should be maintained until Israel fully complies with international law and respects fundamental human rights of Arabs, whether in Lebanon or Palestine.
history mike, Saudi King Warns of Wider War
(Riyadh) Facing criticism at home, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned the United States that Israel's military actions could result in a wider war if not checked."Saudi Arabia warns everybody that if the peace option fails because of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war," he said to state media. "Then, only God would know what wars and conflicts the region would see, which would harm everyone, even those prompted now by their military power to play with fire."
The king announced donations totaling $1.5 billion to Lebanon, according to the royal court statement. $500 million has been targeted for the reconstruction of Lebanese infrastructure, and $1 billion will be deposited in Lebanon's central bank to prop up the sinking economy. Aid totaling to $250 million will be given to the Palestinians to help rebuild the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The King was not so generous previously. Perhaps now with the prospect of Hezbollah gone it is willing to give money to an entity that won't use it to stage Jihad against the Saudi Family.
stop the aclu, Israel: "Sowing The Seeds Of Hatred”
The progressive website CommonDreams.org is currently carrying a rant written by Rana El-Khatib, a "Palestinian writer born in Haifa and living in Beirut” (she’s basically lived everywhere but in Palestine; must be that everyday life kinda sucks under the leadership of corrupt former terrorists and religious fanatics). Of course, you might have guessed it, her skewed vision of the current conflict Israel is engaged in does not read like anything realistic and balanced. Indeed, her very first question does not bode well for fairness and reason:What is the definition of defense and what are its acceptable limits?
The Pirate's Cove - Amazing. A UN Statement Not Against Israel, Excerpt:
But a day after criticizing Israel for "disproportionate" strikes against civilians, U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland accused Hezbollah of "cowardly blending" among Lebanese civilians.
"Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending … among women and children," Egeland said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."
I'm sure Egeland will be looking for a new job outside of the UN shortly.
common folk using common sense has An Update On Israel’s Fight For Survival From Around The ‘Net