Friday, August 18, 2006


I am no fan of Hugh Hewitt. Everything he sees is through the screen of his religion. You must keep that in mind whenever you read him. It’s as if there’s an asterisk at the end of each paragraph. I always picture him in a Boy Scout uniform with short pants and knee high socks.

But there was an interesting posting on his website recently. This is how it began:

Posted by Dean Barnett

1) What would happen if all the Arab nations and their terrorist proxies like Hezbollah set down their arms and gave up their ambitions to drive Israel into the sea?

There would be peace in the Middle East.

2) What would happen if Israel disbanded the IDF, junked its nuclear weapons and declared to its neighbors that she would do anything to live in peace?

Israel would be annihilated, millions of its citizens killed. The term genocide could be used to describe the ensuing holocaust, but since that term has been so hopelessly debased by American academics, a new term would have to be created like super-duper-mega genocide to really capture the nature of things.

Isn’t that the best description of the situation in the Middle East you have ever seen? Who could argue with the truth in that? Okay, many would, but they would be wrong.

Mr. Barnett goes on to say that Hezbollah was the victor in the recent skirmish. You can read the entire posting *HERE*. His point seems to be that in just surviving, Hezbollah won. This was the stated goal of the Hezbollah leader in the midst of the fighting. He said if only they survived, they won. That sounds to me like someone who was getting his ass kicked. And that’s what happened. Hezbollah got their asses kicked.

Israel, it seems to me, is much better off now. There will be a buffer zone in the north protected by 30,000 troops from various nations, including Lebanon. Israel, in effect, gains these forces as allies because they are there to keep the peace and that is all Israel wants. These troops will be, in effect, on Israel’s side.

What am I missing here? Doesn’t that seem like a huge victory for Israel?

I must be missing something.


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