The problem in
As Thomas Friedman pointed out in the New York Times this week; it is time for Plan B. Our “plan” in the
The chaos in
The problem is that we had no real friends in the Middle East before
The Islamic Middle East hates
Now all these numbers don’t mean that much. The
The Israeli response does appear to be an overreaction, but Hezbollah is spurred on by the Muslim “street”. The people of the Islamic world want this conflict. No Islamic government is willing to champion it. In steps Hezbollah to fill that void. David Brooks (and I truly hate to agree with him) said in a column last weekend: “Many of those calling for this immediate cease-fire are people of good will whose anguish over the wartime suffering overrides long-term considerations. Some are European leaders who want Hezbollah destroyed but who don’t want anybody to actually do it. Some are professional diplomats, acolytes of the first-class-cabin fundamentalism that holds that “talks” and “engagement” can iron out any problem, regardless of the interests and beliefs and fanaticisms that make up the underlying reality.
“The best of them have a serious case to make. It’s true, they say, that
“They point to real risks, but if a cease-fire is imposed now, there won’t be only risks. There will be dead certainties. If Hezbollah emerges from this moment still strong, it will tower like a giant over the Lebanese government. Extremist groups around the world will be swamped with recruits.
To the critics of Israeli policy regarding Hezbollah I ask simply: what is the alternative?