So what do you think ... what would have been a "proportionate" response to Hezbollah?
What would a proportionate Israeli response to the snatching of its soldiers and the bombardment of its soil look like? Should Israel kidnap low-level Hamas and Hezbollah operatives? Those organizations wouldn't mind in the slightest; they want as many martyrs as possible.
The real problem is that Israel's response has been all too proportional. So far it has only gone after Hamas and Hezbollah. (Some collateral damage is inevitable because these groups hide among civilians.) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is showing superhuman restraint by not, at the very least, "accidentally" bombing the Syrian and Iranian embassies in Beirut, which serve as Hezbollah liaison offices.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
What would 'proportional response' look like?
Hezbollah, several world leaders and many non-Jewish liberals in the U.S. are criticizing Israel's response as "disproportionate" to the Hezbollah provocation. But L.A. Times columnist Max Boot asks a challenging question in today's editions: