Saturday, August 5

Israel's War against Hezbollah

The War between Israel and Hezbollah has reached the front pages of all the newspapers in the world as well as made headlines on TV and radio – not to mention the online newspapers on the internet. This is a war foisted onto Israel by Hezbollah. After the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah seized the opportunity to build up its weaponry and train its terrorists to carry out periodic raids into Israel and kidnap soldiers within Israel’s borders. Even the UN acted with expediency towards Hezbollah in the past by quashing investigations into the kidnappings of Israeli soldiers. Over the last six years, they built a formidable army that is no walk over for Israel. Hezbollah, theoretically, does not have an argument with Israel over territory. It is different from the Palestinians in that respect.

Hezbollah is the proxy of Iran under the rabid Iranian anti-Semite, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, whose hate for Israel and the Jewish people is uncompromising. Israel aims for the goal of achieving a Hezbollah-free zone until the Litani River in Lebanon. Another problem is that despite the progress of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) towards that goal, there does not seem to be any abatement in the capability of Hezbollah to launch over 200 hundred rockets and mortars into Israel daily. Two rockets reached as far as the area of Hadera (I heard the rumbling explosions from my home). Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is even threatening to fire rockets as far as Tel Aviv. In other words, the area of Hezbollah rocket capability across Israel is extensive and in practical terms shows no signs of decreasing despite the heavy losses that Israel has inflicted upon Hezbollah.

There are meetings in the UN to pressure Israel to reach a cease-fire agreement with Hezbollah. Even the US is working together with France and England to engineer an agreement. The wide-ranging support that Israel received from the US is showing signs of diminishing. Israel does not want a cease-fire at this stage, as it has not reached its goal of removing the Hezbollah terrorist threat from her northern border. Evidence of that is still there with the increasing number of soldier and civilian casualties.
It should be clear that the main goals of Hezbollah are two fold:

  1. They wish to destroy Israel and the Jewish People. As far as they are concerned, Israel has no right to exist. Their supreme commander, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, has clarified this on almost every occasion.

  2. There is also a wider goal and that is the replacement of Israel with an Islamic state faithful to sharia or Moslem religious law and the conversion of non-Moslems to Islam.

They wish to accomplish this by “the sword” which is God’s Will in their eyes. It is absurd considering a cease-fire as was suggested by Ahmadinajad. He stated that there must be a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon and, in the same breath; he continues his statements that they must destroy Israel. This is idiotic! How could Israel accept such a condition? How can Israel negotiate with Hezbollah if its main goal is Israel’s destruction? It does not make sense.

The European Union is rather expedient. Do they realize that Israel’s fight against the terrorist Hezbollah is in their interests as well? The increase in world terrorism, whether it is Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and their various cells waiting in the shadows all over the world to commit a mega terrorist act is a result of European appeasement of Islamist extremists. Every time the UN and the European Union capitulate to Islamist terror, these notorious terrorist organizations regard it as a victory. Instead of boycotting countries that harbor these terrorists, they choose the path of negotiation. They are even talking about negotiating with the evil Iranian regime by requesting them politely to cease their nuclear facility development or else! Or else what? Will they organize an ineffectual boycott of Iran?

Because of Ahmadinajad and his proxy Hezbollah’s stand, there is no room for a cease-fire! If a cease-fire is declared, Hezbollah would re-arm in a very short time and hostilities between Israel and Iran’s proxy will reoccur. The EU, by its weak and conciliatory attitude towards Iran will not render them free from terrorist attacks! Weakness towards Islamist fundamentalism is capitulation and legitimizing “conversion by the sword” to a radical Islam in the eyes of the Islamist terrorist organizations.

Hezbollah is making very effective use of human shields in their fight against Israel. They threaten innocent Lebanese civilians into allowing them to stockpile their weaponry in their homes at gunpoint. This explains the high casualty figures when Israel bombs Hezbollah weapon stores (which are private homes). Why does the world not condemn Hezbollah for using these cruel tactics? The blame for the cynical use of the sufferings of innocent Lebanese people must be laid on Hezbollah. The propaganda use of this immense tragedy bears fruit. The brutality and the scenes witnessed plays into the hands of Hezbollah and they use this cruel tactic to their advantage. It is also against the Geneva Convention, but then Hezbollah is not a state army but a terrorist organization not bound by any conventions or treaties. Israel has suffered far less casualties than Lebanon. The reason for this is that Israel’s citizens are living in bomb shelters or have moved out of the war zones in the north to safer havens in the south of the country.

It looks as if Hezbollah and Hassan Nasrallah have plenty time and will embark on a war of attrition if the fighting continues. It will be retaliation style warfare. If Israel bombs central Beirut then Hezbollah will bomb Tel Aviv. This could go on for a long time and could result in Israel becoming embroiled in a war similar to the Lebanese fiasco that lasted from 1982 until 2000. Apart from that, the Hezbollah will lay down conditions for a cease-fire.The cease-fire will consists of three components - stopping Israel's attacks, removing all Israeli troops from Lebanese soil, and returning the Lebanese refugees to the villages they fled from in the south of the country; in other words, restoring the pre-July 12 situation. With such conditions, Hezbollah wishes to clarify not only what it would consider an achievement, but also that from its own point of view, the fighting could go on. Israel would never accept this! At the emergency convention of Moslem states in Malaysia on 2nd August 2006, Nasrallah has effectively portrayed the war as a war against Lebanon rather than a war against Hezbollah. They (Hezbollah) make cynical use of the suffering of the Lebanese People, for which they are entirely accountable, as proof of that.

Meanwhile Israel has to come to terms with its Lebanese neighbours without the Hezbollah threat to its existence. It is easy for the EU and other countries far from the conflict to pressurize Israel in accepting a cease-fire. The consequences of a weak cease-fire agreement that will not be watertight and protect Israel from Hezbollah terrorist attacks do not affect the EU or the rest of the world directly in the short term. In the end, it could render the non-Moslem world more vulnerable to terrorist attacks as the Islamist terror organizations (who have established dormant terrorist cells all over Europe) see this as a victory in their militancy and desire to destroy western civilization.