July 18, 2006
|"As Ludicrous As The Easter Bunny"||Palestine/Middle East|
Stan Goff is a veteran of the US Army Rangers, Airborne, Delta Force, and Special Forces. He served in Vietnam, El Salvador, Grenada, Panama, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Somalia, and Haiti. Which is to say, he knows a whole lot more about combat than you or I.
Here's his take on the story that Hezbollah raiders came across the Lebanese border into Israel to kidnap Israeli soldiers:
The border of Southern Lebanon and Israel is a seamless web of intervisible Israeli outposts with night vision devices, tied together with ground surveillance radar, plowed-flat and raked daily to see footprints, and backed by quick reaction forces. Israelis routinely make incursive patrols into Lebanon. It is nearly impossible for an organized group of Hezbolla or anyone else to cross the border south, much less capture prisoners there. The very notion that this was an incursion INTO Israel is propped up solely by the credulity of the general public that knows nothing about military operations. In reality, the idea is as ludicrous as the Easter Bunny.
Israel's ongoing killing and wounding of hundreds of Lebanese civilians and its dismantling of Lebanon's civil infrastructure are said to be justified by Hezbollah's kidnapping, on Israeli soil, of two Israeli soldiers. (A most convenient kidnapping from the perspective of Israeli hardliners.)
If Goff is right, it must have been the Israelis who made the cross-border incursion and Hezbollah encountered them on Lebanese soil, which is a whole different kettle of fish. Not that it's going to change anything, but wouldn't it be nice, for once, not to be lied to?
When you have groups of people that hate each other, who threw the first stone is trivial. Hatred, greed and power are the real reasons for war, and none of these can be justified. Only the stone throwing can be justified, so of coarse we're going to be lied to. If you have but one goal, peace, who picked the fight is truly unimportant.
Posted by: Jeff at July 19, 2006 11:27 AM
Oscar Wilde quotes.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Posted by: Jeff at July 19, 2006 03:29 PM