Friday, June 30, 2006
I'm no big fan of the whole Middle East debacle. I'm confident there's more than enough blame to go around. However, this is a peculiarly dismaying summary of what Israel is currently doing, on the pretext of "rescuing" one of their soldiers. Regardless of the blame that attaches to the Palestinian government for whatever role they may have played in said kidnapping, this response is entirely out of due proportion. Moreover, it seems that the Israelis were looking for an excuse to attack and defeat a government that they consider illegitimate (notwithstanding the prior example of the IRA and Sinn Fein). It seems that, so far, they've succeeded. One wonders, though, how long Israel would last if it pulled these kinds of stunts without the backing of the US? Point to ponder, at least.