"A U.N. resolution calling for the disarming of Hezbollah in Lebanon is not the same thing as the actual disarming of Hezbollah in Lebanon--let alone the defeat of Hezbollah throughout the Middle East. And by urging Israel to end its military offensive, the administration has ended any possibility that Hezbollah will actually be destroyed. "The only way to end the threat from Islamic totalitarian groups like Hezbollah and their state sponsors is to inflict crushing devastation upon them by aggressive military action."I fear she's right. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's suprise attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese mainland was a smoking ruin and the militarists who had brought the destruction down upon the country had killed themselves. But now, nearly five years after the surprise attack on the World Trade Center by Islamic totalitarians, the barbarians are still at the gates and the West is looking like Neville Chamberlain without the spine.
...The West has shown too much weakness for the jihadists to be easily convinced of any new-found determination to crush Islamic totalitarianism that the West might exhibit. That'll be the true legacy of decades of appeasement: the mass destruction required to destroy the threat of Islamic totalitarianism. It's a horrifying prospect. Even worse, it's a moot point at present: I have little hope of any Western power rediscovering the moral courage required to defend itself from the barbarians at the gates...
And much though we might wish it otherwise, those barbarians are not going away...
LINKS: The evils of half-fought wars - Diana Hsieh's blog, SOLO
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Cartoon by Cox and Forkum: 'Incoming'