Could George Bush Be Right About Lebanon?

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In crazy times like these I find myself thinking crazy things. One of the craziest is the possibility that George Bush may be right about a few things in Lebanon. It gives me the shivers.

To his credit, George is right on many counts:

  • Hezbollah is a group of ululating thugs who can’t even manage to get along with other members of their own religion, much less anyone else.
  • Hezbollah kicked off this latest round of violence when it kidnapped the Israeli soldiers and it keeps it going by lobbing rocket after rocket into Israel.
  • The Israelis are perfectly within their rights to defend themselves against the constant incursions of terrorists. Regular skirmishes and suicide bombings punctuated by the occasional outright war is no way to live and they deserve to be free of it.
  • There is little doubt that Iran and Syria are eyeball-deep in fomenting the current troubles. Their tiresome, “who me?” posture doesn’t fool anyone, including other Arab states.
  • And foremost, the Middle East would be a far better place if a lasting peace were attained. A step back from the constant threat of WW (fill in the blank) would be a welcome change indeed.

But being right on many counts isn’t the same as being right on all accounts.

While the Israelis are entitled to defend themselves, their current elephant-gun-to-kill-an-ant approach does nothing but stir up more stink than usual. Stink that lands on them in the form of additional rockets. The lopsidedness of the fighting and the fact that it’s done little to dampen Hezbollah’s rockets is proof of its folly. As often happens with Israel, they are so bent on avenging legitimate wrongs, they fail to see they are cutting their nose off despite their face.

Their claim that leveling southern Lebanon is a “surgical” campaign designed to weed out Hezbollah may be true on one level, but it’s so much more at another. The last time Israel decided they needed to take out the local terrorists du jour they stayed in Lebanon for six years. This “limited” campaign has all the earmarks of following suit and we can all expect a tenser world full of more terrorists as a result..

The Condo-Israeli faction is making that mistake so much worse. While they’re happy to plink diplomatic rocks at Syria and Iran for being meddlesome (a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, I think), they are unwilling to take them on in a meaningful way. Instead of going to the international community to impose sanctions or work out some other suitable means to calm things down, they allow a war to rage that only increases Iranian and Syrian Arab street cred. Meanwhile, the alarmed international community – already soured on the Bush doctrine – is less trusting than ever that Mr. President can control the issue safely. The end to this debacle is not via more Israeli bombs nor Katyusha rockets.

It’s also not through the fantasy that George will be able to broker a lasting peace.

First, there’s his track record. In the wake of the good ship George lies at least two broken countries – Iraq and Afghanistan – and other leaky diplomatic lifeboats ready to sink – Iran, Syria, North Korea, and other Axi of Evil. While he is a legend in his own mind, no one other than he and the most addled-brained would call his handling of Iraq and other international trouble spots rousing successes. If they were, we’d all be wearing a lifetime supply of victory flower-garlands and attending the Iraq Independence Day Fireworks and Texas Bar-B-Que.

There’s also that annoying reality thing to consider. Muslims, Christians, and Jews have been steeping in a toxic brew of hatred for thousands of years. At worst, the region has been embroiled in deadly wars that last for years. At best, suicide bombers and other religious maniacs keep the pot simmering with a well-timed terrorist act, a kidnapping, or the occasional artillery shell.

George claims to speaks to God and I’d sorely like to believe him, because it’ll take the intervention of a supernatural power to set right that which has been broken for so long. George may believe he’s the chosen one who will bring peace to the Middle East. He may believe this is a golden opportunity to turn the place around so everyone can live in harmony. He may believe that not talking to the parties involved in the conflict will resolve it somehow. He may even believe that allowing unrestricted warfare for a few weeks to stomp out the fires of Hezbollah is the way to go.

Me? Not so much.

So God, if you’re talking to George, could you give me a sign that everything will be all right?

Perhaps your image in a toasted pita would be appropriate.

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15 thoughts on “Could George Bush Be Right About Lebanon?

  1. Just discovered your blog. I’ve been enjoying it.

    I think the situation in the Middle East is terrible. If we hadn’t wasted so many resources and credibility in questionable endeavours, we would be able to prevent a wacko country like Iran from getting nukes. The scariest prospect of all is if the regime in Pakistan falls and some fundamentalists take power, plus an Iran with nukes, wow that’s too much.

  2. Poetryman,
    Welcome, and thanks for the link love. I’ll swing by your place as soon as I catch up on things.

    Sumo,
    Nothing can beat a first class fallafel. Just ask Bill O’Reiley.

    Mary,
    For once were not alone in the misdeeds though. Everyone else sells them arms too. And yet we’re surprised when they use them on each other…

    TJ,
    Sorry you had a bad experience with BIO.

    If it’s any consolation, I passed it along to the BIO team for discussion. As far as we can tell, none of the permanent contributors was quite that gauche, but it may have been one of the personal diaries. In any case, BIO’s policy is not to censor anyone unless it is really damaging or things are getting too far out of hand. We have a lot of contributors of all political stripes and sometimes people (maybe me among them) can be intemperate. Thanks for letting me know though. Everyone on the team appreciated the feedback.

    Miz B,
    I don’t think it would make you a heritic, but it wold make one hell of a bitchin’ eBay item.

    Konagod,
    In the end I’m not sure anything will “work” unless there’s an outbreak of the asshat flu and they all die from it.

    Dusty,
    Good point.

    I did catch up on the BIO fracas via internal emails. Quite a shootout. Take a look at my comment to TJ above.

    Cap’n,
    Tis the duty of ev’ry good guidin’ light ta keep tha Cap’n well provisioned fer the long journeys ahead. Twas m’pleasure Mum.

  3. “Twas refreshin’ as a sweet tropical breeze cross’t the tender breasts ah Ms. Angelina Jolie.”

    An’ how mighty refreshin’ that be, I tell ye!

  4. Your first set of points are common ground with between the left and right on this issue. Its just the methodology to get there on which I disagree with the right.

    Glad your back o wise one. You missed all the rockets and grenades being launched over at BIO. As to TJ’s remark that we have extremism at BIO..yes we do..we have extreme right and extreme left..but we also have sane folks that stand in the middle. Thats what makes BIO unique and interesting. I just wish we could put a few folks on ignore over there. :p

  5. Welcome back. Interesting post. The analogy I like to use with regard to Israel’s actions would be me using a shotgun in the house as a form of pest control. Hell, it might work but there’s gotta be a better way.

  6. YAY! Bohemians everywhere rejoice at the return of the Omnipotent one! Sizzlin’!

    About that pita… would you get to eat it after god’s face was found on it? I very much would like to taste such a pita! Does that make me an evil heretic? *sigh* I sure would like to know!

  7. Hey, welcome back! How was your vacation?

    Now, in regards to the site “Bring it On”, I started reading it after you became an author there, and then I stopped. Why? Because I think some of the authors of that site support the worst stereotypes of the Liberal Left. One fellow was essentially calling Marines “baby killers” in one post, for example. Seperate issue, however. Its good to have you back.

  8. So happy to have the voice of reason back. Re: your post, I wondered why the U.S. has to be the policeman for the Israel Lebanon misery and then I remembered, we sell both of them munitions. Must be the arms manufacturers summr blow-out sale.

  9. I love falafel…I’m sure it tastes better there than it does here. Although several years ago there was a Lebanese guy that had a restaurant featuring this delectable entree in a pita…but I believe he was in trouble with the law regarding his alien status…alas he was gone…and with him the lovely falafel. Oh…for the good old days when food was food and war was…well…you know. I am relegated to making my own now…while good…not nearly as good. How was your vacation? Enquiring minds you know…

  10. Oh! Omnipotent one,
    I believe I have now vistied your blog for the first time. I like what I see and what I’ve seen thus far and you shall be placed on my Echoing Voices and be on my daily(?) blog route. The question mark indicates, if you hadn’t figured it out, that I generally visit my linked blogs on a daily basis. I keep it short and usually to the point, but I am visiting! :>)

    Peace.

  11. Cap’n,
    Me thanks ye for the hearty hail. Twas refreshin’ as a sweet tropical breeze cross’t the tender breasts ah Ms. Angelina Jolie.

  12. He’s back! He’s back! He’s back! This Jr. Poobah is giddy! Hope th’vacation was beautiful an’refreshin’!

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