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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Where is the Israeli narrative?

At The American Thinker, Greg Richards says that Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Gillerman needs to proudly push the Israeli narrative of events in Lebanon:
I watched snippets of Israeli delegate Dan Gillerman making his case in the UN Security Council debate. To my dismay, he stayed within the context of the UN narrative: start with the status quo ante, take account of the terrorists’ demands, and such baggage.

Israel should know that it is leaving its friends with little ground to stand on by taking this line. It is leaving us with the impression that it hopes some international force will take over the role of deterrence from it. This would mean that for the first time in its history, the IDF would not be the protector of the security of the state.

It is a mystery to me why Israel is eschewing the vocabulary of war. Israel’s story is very simple:

We were attacked.

Because of that attack, a state of war exists between Israel and Hizbullah.

Our policy in war is victory. How long will the war last? Until victory is achieved.

By avoiding the narrative of war and the policy of victory, Israel puts itself on the ground that the international community prefers – how many more bombs will it drop; how big will any new offensive be; how long will the war last, always put in the form of how long will Israel continue attacking civilians in Lebanon.
Read the whole thing.

2 Comments:

At 3:12 AM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

semi-OT:

Carl have you seen these?

Link1:
Short version, Kofi was aware of Hezbullah arming itself in April of this year. Sent this over to Charles at LGF as well

Link2: where it appears that some Iranians have been found among the hezbullah dead.

Imagine that. Kofi knew, and there are Iranians in them thar hills.

I wish Olmert had a set of huevos he needs for the challenges ahead. First thing is that the UN needs to be confronted about what it knows, what it knew, when it knew it. Possibly with an eye towards a war crimes trial or some other appropriate legal action against the world body. For not preventing something that it should have, via UNIFIL or other mechanisms, and being aware of it, and sufficiently clueless and dangerously incompetant enough not to figure out that it should do something other than sit on its hands. It is now at least a co-conspiritor, and it should be treated as such.

Iranians showing up is also bad, but this isn't as bad as the UN. This goes beyond bias, beyond overt hostility, into aiding and abbetting an aggressor in an illegal war of aggression.

Time to hold them accountable for their actions.

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger Dave in Pa said...

IMO, the Global War on Terror will not be won as long as the Iranian Mullah dictatorship is in power.

 

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