David Holcberg of the Ayn Rand Institute writes:

In response to Israel’s decision to expand its ground offensive in southern Lebanon, White House press secretary Tony Snow said: ‘We want an end to violence and we do not want escalations.’
The current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is a crucial battle in the war between Western civilization and the Islamic totalitarians who want to destroy it. The United States and other Western countries should not only encourage and help Israel to destroy Hezbollah, they should act to bring down the terror group’s sponsor, Iran. The sooner we in the West engage and defeat this regime, the safer we will be.

Bush’s spokesman is giving the wrong message by talking about cease-fires. That would be OK if the actual message being given to Israel was “go for broke while we tie things up in the UN”, but that does not appear to be the case. Israel’s better-late-than-never offensive has been delayed, apparently under American pressure. All that does is expose more Israeli civilians to rocket attacks, give Hezbollah time to rebuild their defenses and absorb the lessons they’ve learned from the fighting so far.

Fox News reports that UN efforts are centered on establishing a time-table for Israel to withdraw from Lebanon. The only time for an Israeli withdrawal is after Hezbollah has been wiped out. Because, as sure as God made little apples, no international force will be able to stop Hezbollah being rearmed by Syria and Iran with even deadlier weapons.

We’ve seen this Bush weakness in Iraq when the Marines were called off Fallujah the first time around. We saw it again when Al Sadr and his Madhi army were not destroyed. This lack of resolve has resulted in far more US and Iraqi casualties than would have ocurred had the US military been allowed to do its primary job – killing Islamic terrorists and their supporters.

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