Obama and Kerry would have asked for a cease fire after D-Day
Thomas Sowell is spot-on with his argument that in the long run, cease fires actually cost lives
The Middle East must lead the world in ceasefires. If ceasefires were
the road to peace, the Middle East would easily be the most peaceful
place on the planet. “Ceasefire”
and “negotiations” are magic words to “the international community.”
But just what do ceasefires actually accomplish? In the short run, they save some lives. But in the long run they cost far more lives by lowering the cost of aggression.
one time, launching a military attack on another nation risked not only
retaliation but annihilation. When Carthage attacked Rome, that was the
end of Carthage. But
when Hamas or some other terrorist group launches an attack on Israel,
the aggressor knows in advance that whatever Israel does in response
will be limited by calls for a ceasefire, backed by political and
economic pressure from the United States.
It is not at all
clear what Israel’s critics can rationally expect the Israelis to do
when they are attacked. Suffer in silence? Surrender? Flee the Middle
— most unrealistic of all — fight a “nice” war, with no civilian
casualties? General William T. Sherman said it all, 150 years ago: “War
If you want to minimize civilian casualties, then
minimize the danger of war, by no longer coming to the rescue of those
who start wars.
Not only was Israel attacked by vast numbers of rockets, but it was also invaded — underground — through mazes of tunnels. There
is something grotesque about people living thousands of miles away, in
safety and comfort, loftily second-guessing and trying to micromanage what the Israelis are doing in a matter of life and death. Such
self-indulgences are a danger, not simply to Israel, but to the whole
Western world, for they betray a lack of realism that shows in
everything from the current disastrous consequences of our policies in
Egypt, Libya, and Iraq to future catastrophes from a nuclear-armed Iran.
Indeed. Imagine if Obama and Kerry had been in charge in June 1944....
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