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July 27, 2006

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Nicholas

I think Israeli intelligence knew about the 13 000 rockets. What they failed to do is take any action to kerb the threat before the rockets started raining down on their heads.

But really, what could they have done? They're already being lambasted as bad, evil aggressors because they're defending themselves from the unprecedented attack. Imagine if they went in without any overt provocation and started blowing them up, what the reaction would have been.

Can anyone thing of a way they could have avoided this situation without being condemned all the while?

I think you're 100% correct with the gist of this post though.

Christopher Taylor

The primary problem with 99% of the people criticizing things in Iraq is a gross, astonishing lack of history, especially military history. Occupying countries is very hard to do, and coalition having the smallest possible impact on the country possible which makes it a breeding ground for disgruntled shiites and imported terrorists.

But I believe, as do the soldiers I know that have been there (in fact, one was opposed to the entire operation til he was there, and came back an idealist), that Iraq will be the beginning of a new middle east in a generation or so. It's just going to take time.

Frank Warner

I'm trying to track down the stories about what Israel did not know about Hezbollah's arsenal.

One thing the Israelis certainly did not know: That Hezbollah had Chinese-made C-802 cruise missiles capable of hitting Israeli ships.

Nicholas

Re: C-802

I think it's pretty safe to assume, any weapon Iran or Syria are in posession of which can be carried in a truck, Hizb'allah have access to.

If anyone had asked me about this before hostilities erupted I would have probably told them the same thing. Iran clearly don't feel any guilt giving whatever Hizb'allah need to cause death & destruction. That is also the reason I'm so concerned about their nuclear weapons program.

Frank Warner

Good point. And that's the whole point of Israel's trying to clean out Hezbollah now.

This is one of those, oh, now- everyone- can-see-what-you're-doing moments.

Megalomaniacal dictatorships have a habit of trying to take over the world a few years before they're ready. The bad thing is that they act at all. The good thing is, they give the democracies a chance to stop them.

We have to take the opportunity soon, with Iran. I don't see a pretty option. But Iran's suicidal leadership acquiring nuclear weapons is just about the ugliest development I can imagine.

Christopher Taylor

Megalomaniacal dictatorships have a habit of trying to take over the world a few years before they're ready. The bad thing is that they act at all. The good thing is, they give the democracies a chance to stop them.

This happened with Germany in the 1930s but nobody had the will to stop them until they were too established and powerful. Now, when you act before it's too late, you're a unilateral warmongering cowboy with sinister long-term joooo-inspired plans.

In other words: what is evil is good, and what is good is evil.

Frank Warner

Exactly. The complaints will run like water.

The sad thing is, there are some problems, like Iran and North Korea, that are so large and volatile that the "solution" will make us all complain.

Every honest person should write down right now what he'd do about Iran and North Korea to prevent them from using nuclear weapons or delivering the bombs to someone else who would use them. This should be an "if diplomacy fails" solution.

When the day of action comes, we might be less likely to complain if we can compare the bad "solution" we wrote down with the bad "solution" our leaders chose.

jj mollo

In 2009, if you can wait 3 years, all the Iranian bigwigs will be in the US embassy in Teheran to celebrate the glorious revolution, and all of the most influential radicals will be in the courtyard.

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