Sunday, July 30, 2006

Forget peace for now. We have to show them we are strong

This comment, made by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the movie "Munich", still seems to rule Israel's official policy in dealing with its enemies. But is this really a smart strategy? Has it ever really worked for Israel?

The children that survived Qana's bombing today will grow up to become another Hezbollah only because Israel is still trying to show the Lebanese people it is strong and this cycle of hatred and violence will go on and on...These kids won't care if Hezbollah used them as human shields, won't care when, later on, they find out this was a proxy war between Israel and Iran battled out in their country. All they will remember for the rest of their lives is that this was a deadly Israeli strike that took their parents and siblings away from them.

Israel has already shown Hezbollah how strong it is. Fouad Siniora has accepted to pursue the disarming of Hezbollah more seriously than ever before. Hezbollah has been taught a lesson it will never forget and the major world powers are all agreed on the deployment of a multinational force in Lebanon. So, what else is Israel after?

Does Israel not know that such bloodshed plays perfectly into the hands of Hezbollah and its masters in Tehran and Damascus?

How many more innocent human beings will it take for Israel to show the poor people of Lebanon it is strong enough?