Monday, August 14, 2006

Mideast cease-fire goes into effect

JERUSALEM - A U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect Monday designed to end a month of violence that killed more than 900 people, devastated much of southern Lebanon and forced hundreds of thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters.

In the final hours before the truce, Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon and a Palestinian refugee camp in the south, but soldiers were ordered to halt their offensive as of 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EST).

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You would think that the Arab countries would be happy with the ceasefire since it’s what they have been wanting since the beginning of this military incursion, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The Arab countries wanted the United Nation once again to condemn Israel and to label them the aggressor in this new round of hostilities, which we all know, is not true.

They want Israel to be the aggressor and they want to use that to make the people in the Arab world feel like victims once again, enabling the leaders of those countries to disregard the utter depravity and hopelessness that pervades throughout the Arab world.

The Arab countries have received billions of dollars in oil revenue, yet their people live in poverty, many have no running water or electricity due the greedy nature of the Mullahs and the leadership of the countries of which they reside.

Those of you who believe that we should not be in the Middle East at all must believe that is ok and acceptable to have honor killings, female genitalia mutilation, the executions of teachers in front of students, the killing of soccer players for wearing only shorts, the mass murder of all those who have lived openly gay lives, and the oppression and subjugation of women throughout the entire region.

We fight not only to spread freedom and democracy around the world, but we also fight to promote our own best interests.

Doing that means making the world safe for the United States and all those who value freedom over oppression, and justice over tyranny.

It is a fact that no democracy has declared war on another democracy.

I have very little faith in the United Nations force they will be sending into southern Lebanon; they have already helped Hezbollah with the abductions of Israeli soldiers in the past and I believe they will not fight them now, but allow them to thrive and prosper.

If they are not able to control Hezbollah than Israel will have no alternative than to reoccupy southern Lebanon and that is something Israel really does not want to do.

Israel must stay in Lebanon until other troops arrive to relieve them, but Hezbollah has stated that they will fight as long as one Israeli troop is still in southern Lebanon.

Looks to me that Hezbollah wants to part of the agreement and is going to go back on the agreement at the first opportunity.


Douglas V. Gibbs said...

of course lobbing rockets at Israel is not aggressive at all - - besides, as far as the Arab states are concerned, Israel is on their soil and what they are doing is no different than setting off Roach-Bombs in an infested apartment in the projects. Makes me sick to my core. . . Israel will prevail, but with the World Opinion falling for every little piece of propaganda the radicals throw at them, it is getting harder and harder for Israel.

Lord Brown Mouse said...

This will at best be a temporary respite to hostilities.

This is a proxy war, with Iran pulling the strings behind Hezbollah. Probably kicked off at Iran's request to help divert attention from their Nuclear programme.

We need to give Israel our full backing and support. This is unfortunately something that is lacking from many nations.

The Middle East is a test case, where we will see if democracy triumphs or Islamic Fundementalism wins the day.

A test case that will go on to be repeated across the world.