Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Two more soldiers kidnapped; Israel plays hardball

Is the Middle East headed towards another war? It sure looks like this morning, after two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah, prompting Israel to invade the southern part of Lebanon and occupy it for the first time since 2000; and as I write these words the reserves have been activated and Israel has all but declared war on the land of cedars. One can only pray for the safe return of the hostages and a very quick end to hostilities both there and in the Gaza, where another soldier is being held.

If people thought that the newbie Kadima Party was just going to let Hamas and Hezbollah just roll over Israel, they have been sadly mistaken. One only has to think about yesterday's attacks in Mumbai (Bombay) to realize what's at stake here.

One doesn't negotiate with terrorists. There are only two possibilities that can come out of this. Either the reactionaries will lay down their arms, renounce violence, and talk; or they will be completely destroyed. I am all for peace -- but it cannot come at any price.

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