It's being reported that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed support for an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon as the first phase in ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
It was the most concrete signal yet that the U.S. may be willing to compromise on the stalemate over how to end the fighting. Moving closer to the position that France and other European countries are taking, Rice predicted that a U.N. Security Council resolution would be approved within days that would include a cease-fire and describe principles for a lasting peace.
With all due respect to my US readers, Israel should tell Condi to go to hell. Her gutless behaviour throughout this affair has sickened me.
She completely fails to understand that..
..an IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE leaves Hezbollah intact, emboldened to strike another day.
..an IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE will be presented as a DEFEAT for Israel throughout the Arab world.
..an IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE signals to Jihadists that the US Secretary of State is prepared to hang Israel out to dry in order to curry favour with the Arab world. Diplomacy without principle now rules.
All this bleating about Israel using "disproportionate" force against Hezbollah is just one big crock and Charles Krauthammer exposed it in this wonderful article...
When the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, it did not respond with a parallel "proportionate" attack on a Japanese naval base. It launched a four-year campaign that killed millions of Japanese, reduced Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to cinders, and turned the Japanese home islands into rubble and ruin.
Disproportionate? No. When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one has every right -- legal and moral -- to carry the fight until the aggressor is disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again. That's what it took with Japan.
Britain was never invaded by Germany in World War II. Did it respond to the Blitz and V-1 and V-2 rockets with "proportionate" aerial bombardment of Germany? Of course not. Churchill orchestrated the greatest air campaign and land invasion in history, which flattened and utterly destroyed Germany, killing untold innocent German women and children in the process.
However with an out of touch Secretary of State like Condi Rice, Israel is being bullied into settling for a CEASEFIRE which hastens the day when it may no longer even exist. Thanks Condi - but your performance here is woeful. It's as if Colin Powell never went away! PUKE.