In his piece on Lebanon's partial guilt in the current fighting in the Middle East, David Horowitz writes:
Lebanon is host to the terrorist aggressor which has sworn to eliminate Israel and its Jews from the face of the earth. This is the explicit creed of both Hezbollah and its sponsor Iran. And not just in their charter or in statements made months or years ago. Iran’s little dictator reiterated the threat even yesterday in the midst of Islam’s aggressive war against the Jews: “Israel has pushed the button of its own destruction. The Zionists made their worst decision and triggered their extinction by attacking Lebanon." Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government, occupying two cabinet positions and seats in its parliament. The Lebanese government agreed to enforce UN Resolution 1559 which calls on it to disarm all militias on its territory, namely Hezbollah. If the Lebanese Government had performed this obligation, there would be no war, and there would be no Lebanese civilian casualties.
Instead the Lebanese government allowed Hezbollah to build its headquarters and underground bunkers in the populated neighborhoods of Beirut. It allowed Hezbollah to import 13,000 missiles to be fired into Israel’s cities and towns. The 75,000-man Lebanese army has not sealed off the Syrian border and, according to reports, has allowed Syria to re-supply Hezbollah in the midst of its aggression. The Lebanese government has allowed Hezbollah to build underground fortresses on its southern border in position to attack. It has allowed Hezbollah to launch rockets into the towns of northern Israel to terrorize and kill innocent civilians.
Think Tanker Andrew "Skip" March adds:
I am listening to Co. Jack Jacobs talk about Lebanon and its role in the recent war. To be sure, Lebanon is not an innocent by-stander. Col Jacobs has observed that not only has the Lebanese government not take action to disarm Hezbollah, the government has in fact been paying Hezbollah for protection from the terrorist organization taking control of the rest of Lebanon. I think they call that extortion.
It should be to no one's surprise that while Hezbollah has been building up its offensive capabilities in southern Lebanon since Israel withdrew, UN security forces have been playing volleyball behind barbed wire in full view of Hezbollah activities, according to Col. Jacobs. And, Kofi Annan resists personally calling Syria's Asad to end their support for Hezbollah and reign them in. This certainly makes the UN something much less than an innocent.
Watching the MSM, you are left with the distinct impression that the average Lebanese citizen is blaming Israel and the US for the recent Israel operations, characterized as disproportionate aggression. A perception bolstered by the Lebanese government (that is paying for protection). Not so, according to Jacobs. The average Lebanese citizen knows that Hezbollah is the villain here and they want them gone. This disproportionate response characterization makes me wonder if today's critics would have called for the US to bomb a Japanese naval base and then go home after Pearl Harbor.
Some of what I hear in the context of Lebanon is the same view expressed in other areas besides global politics: That people or countries do not choose to do what they do.
This concept that adults are incapable of deciding matters of their self-interest for themselves---that they are merely driftwood swept up in an inevitable current---allows them to escape responsibility and a means to a solution. Sure, many things develop outside of our individual control. But that is when one uses their heads to decide what is best in a changed circumstance.
The MSM looks at terrorists and their supporters as people who become a certain way after GW does something. Throughout the McLaughlin Report, Eleanor Clift's answer for the Middle East War was GW. No, the Lebanese (and the rest of the world) have been warned clearly that supporting terrorism makes you an enemy of the free world. This is a choice and with any choice come consequences.