Sunday, July 23, 2006

Never rub another man's rhubarb...

First and foremost it is important to note that the Israelis have a legitimate grievance.

  • They pulled out of the Lebanon, a fact accepted by the UN
  • In exchange - also as mandated by the UN - Hizballah was meant to be disarmed
  • For whatever reason, this did not happen
  • A UN force was inserted into the border region in order to observe what was going on and ensure that the terms of the agreement were upheld
  • They were not upheld and the UN troops proved ineffective at doing anything to constrain the Hizb
  • For several years the "international community", instantaneously hysterical over Israeli action, managed to raise scarcely a murmer over the ongoing activity of Hizballah against Israelis.

So the Israelis have a right to be pissed off. They have a right to take some sort of action - including within the military sphere. In addition, when they don't take seriously the urgings of international opinion on this issue, it should come as no great surprise.

However, even taking all this into account there is much with which to be concerned. I'll try to put down a few things of note in the not distant future, but it seemed worthwhile to set out my stall as regards who I consider the "good guys" in all this. Hopefully that might lend some extra weight when I make arguments that are seemingly extremely critical of said good guys.

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