Middle East Ceasefire, Toronto Globe & Mail, August 16, 2006

There is no way the United Nations ceasefire agreement can succeed in permanently ending hostilities in the Middle East because it does nothing to address the fundamental cause of those hostilities, that being the Arab refusal to accept the existence of Israel and allow Israelis to live in peace and security free from constant attacks on them and their homeland. Nothing will change unless this occurs. Until it does Israelis are absolutely justified in responding to the murder and terror constantly visited upon them in any way they deem necessary and Arabs have no one to blame but themselves for their own suffering. Responsibility for their plight is on their shoulders and theirs alone.

Let there be no mistake, the Israeli response to the events that set off the most recent round of fighting has been very measured and restrained, notwithstanding Hezbollah propaganda and complicit news organizations. There is no doubt they could have caused far more damage if they really wanted to, in direct contrast to Hezbollah which used every means at it’s disposal to destroy infrastructure and kill and maim people, soldiers and civilians alike.

Tragically, in the Middle East religion and ideology have usurped intelligence and humanity. Until the religious and ideological fanatics are eradicated there wil never be peace or security for anyone. After all, if Israel can live in peace and security so can everyone else. Arabs and others who really want this to happen will happen will remove the cancers that are Hezbollah and Hamas from the equation, not support and encourage them.

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