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July 30, 2006

Israel wants peace

Israel desperately wants peace. Israel has begged and pleaded and sacrificed greatly for it.

Her enemies are not interested in peace at all, at least not the definition of peace we are familiar with. They want Israel. Until this destructive Arab mentality changes, and the Arab nations are willing to simply co-exist with the Jewish state, a constant state of hostilities will continue to oppress the people of the Mideast.

Israel did not, and does not, want this fight. But fight it will. If the Arab nations will not take care of their extreme elements, Israel will have to. Israel cannot live with a gun pointing at its head indefinitely. If the gun holder will not change his ways, then the gun has to be removed.

Israel must be allowed time to dismantle Hezbollah, since Lebanon will not or cannot. Hezbollah must be defanged. Anything short of that will only elongate this quagmire.

Marc Chervitz
Overland Park

Comments

Old Drum

Our good friend, Junglejack, has a memory lapse about this: "I still don't recall all these promises of an "easy" war in Iraq."

I recommend he examine this Meet the Press session with Russert and Cheney. There are some many quotations to cite, especially the ones about the cost of the war, how well the Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds will unite, and the number of troops needed.

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/bush/cheneymeetthepress.htm

Here is the liberators analysis from Cheney.

MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct, and we’re not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I’ve talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya who’s a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, he’s written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.

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Well, there is absolutely no question Cheney was wrong about being greeted as liberators. I wonder why Junglejack forgot this.

JUNGLEJACK

Jack - I still don't recall all these promises of an "easy" war in Iraq. Kerry is the only politician I remember making a six month promise.

jack

From what the Bush administration is saying, it appears that they agreed to and supported Israel goiing after Hezbollah in advance. It was "estimated" that this would be a 4 or 5 day campaign, after which a cease fire could be declared with the bad guys in ruins.

If this is true, it needs to be filed under "Bush just flat refuses to learn". Remember how quick and easy Iraq was going to be. People greeting our troops with flowers in the streets. Democracy blooming all by itself. Oil flowing like water and paying for everything. Our troops being home in 6 months or less.

Sounds to me like this may be a case of deja vue all over again.

What is wrong with these guys that they just don't seem to learn?

 
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