Thursday, July 06, 2006
The View From Here
...as Operation Summer Rain (where did I get "Dream"?) forges on, the view from here is that it's going into overdrive. If a South Lebanon style buffer zone is what's deemed necessary to curb the effects of lobbed rockets, so be it. But remember how popular the self-declared security zone up north was during its nearly two-decade run? Why would anyone think it would be more successful down south where radicalism also prevails? Towards the end, the security zone was an endless mine field for Israeli soldiers creating bad press and unnecessary death.
And the fact that the U.S. and UN are otherwise preoccupied with North Korean missile-happy dictator Kim Jong Il is not adequate reason for hitting harder. Secure the soldier's release. But what's happening on the peripheries?
My two cents whilst sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned, gas powered, consumptive U.S. household.