Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
LR, I'm not playing dumb here (although I've bee told I do it well) but I have no idea what your examples refer to. We haven't bombed Mexico, London, the Soviet Union? Well, if Mexico were periodically bombing us, sending in suicide bombers, kidnapping our military...perhaps we would bomb their strongholds. As far as Japan is concerned, well you know what happened there. Truman said he realized that with the arrival of the kamikaze that we were fighting an enemy that would never surrender to defeat and, for that reason, unleashed what became Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In other words, faced with only that option, he went ahead. I see similarities with Israel's decision. Did that make him popular with the world? Does it make Israel? No, but that wasn't a concern. The end of the threat was the concern.
The public I refer to? Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya....the middle east. They are the ones that matter. They are the ones that live in Israel's neck of the woods. Wha t Norweigans, Alaskans or Lilliputians think have little importance....and the Middle East is never going to favor Israel.
I do acknowledge that I wish Israel had not reacted as forcefully as they have. They did have, for a brief time, a glimmer of understanding from other countries which dissapated as their responce grew more forceful....but they were never going to have the other countries "on their side". They are Israel, the country that's not supposed to be there, the democracy in the middle of shiekdoms and dictators, the Jews in the middle of Moslems. You painted a scenario where the Lebanese could turn against Hazbollah...when have you ever seen any indication of that? Did they rise against them with the bombing of the marine barracks in the 80's? With all of the anti-Israel activities over the years? Are they against them now, even though their actions have initiated this level of destruction on their country?
As far as the US suffering for our inaction to get the Israelis to stop, well, blame it on Bush. That shouldn't be so hard for you If he had jumped in a the beginning and demanded them to stop, then we could have blamed him for interfering. Hazbollah has killed more Americans than any other terrorist organization in the world, with the exception of 9/11. Maybe George was not displeased to see another country go after them and, now that the damage has become excessive, he has stepped in to stop it or slow it down. We can blame him for that, too...why not?