Monday, October 16, 2006

Why taking the fight to terrorists works...

Read today's Strategypage article on Lebanon for perhaps the best explanation of why an aggressive, forward-leaning strategy works - as opposed to a "stability" approach favored by others.

Yes, the Israelis made some huge errors. Yeah, they failed to get any of the hostages Hezbollah took back right away.

But aside from some good reviews in the mainstream media, what did Hezbollah get? Well, they fired a lot of rockets for very little effect. They also lost a lot of infrastructure, as many as 700 of its personnel, and a lot of good will among other factions in Lebanon.

Even an attack filled with mistakes and problems is far better than doing nothing. This is why going into Iraq and Afghanistan was a good move. Because even when we err, we do a lot more damage to them than they do to us.

2 comments:

salvage said...

Um have you noted the average Israeli's reaction to the results? They seem to think that they lost.

But whadda they know huh?

Ken Prescott said...

Um have you noted the average Israeli's reaction to the results? They seem to think that they lost.

Careful, salvage! The reason that the average Israeli believes that Israel lost is that Olmert listened to idiots like you who wish to sing "Kumbaya" with the terrorists.

If the Israeli government follows their wishes, they're likely to not be so worried about what you think, and they will likely prosecute a future campaign against Hezbullah without respect to "international opinion," and simply seek to kill as many Hezbullah fighters and support personnel as possible.