Sunday, July 16, 2006



Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war

Hezbollah has launched rockets into Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, e.g., as if America’s Chicago were hit. At least 9 Israeli citizens have been killed and many others wounded. Once, while writing about a Palestinian atrocity wrought against Israeli civilians, I quoted from “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare:

Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war,That this foul deed shall smell above the earthWith carrion men, groaning for burial.

After today’s strike on Haifa, Shakespeare’s words are appropriate again. War is indeed a foul deed, but what other recourse does a civilized nation have when its very heart is threatened?
The firing of rockets at Haifa is not some mysterious terrorist act, whose perpetrators came from some shadowy, secret terror cell, requiring extensive police investigations, where a “measured” response is called for.

We know Hezbollah fired these missiles. We know that Hezbollah has an immense arsenal of weaponry at its disposal — “more than 12,000 rockets,” by its own leader’s words.

All the sophistry regarding Israel’s “disproportionate” reactions to terrorism must be swept aside with the rest of the politically-correct rubbish. By what logical argument should Hezbollah have “more than 12,000 rockets?” This is proportionate? Bombing an Israeli city, Haifa, the model of Arab and Jewish coexistence is proportionate? How many Israeli Arabs will be killed by Hezbollah’s rockets? Collateral damage?

War, I am afraid, is at hand. Since Hezbollah’s existence is somehow a non-issue to the legions of the politically-correct, it is time for Israel to leave any concerns about proportionality behind. It is time to finish off Hezbollah once and for all. It is time for the civilized world to stand by Israel and let it do what needs to be done. But the old divisions between the warriors and appeasers are becoming apparent again:

No comments: