October 24, 2011

So Much For Deterrence

With all due respect, we've had it with all the articles that analyze, dissect, debate and pontificate, ad nauseam, about whether Israel should have agreed to exchange 1,027 Palestinian terrorists for one Israeli soldier (who this time, was alive for a change...albeit barely).

Yes, we know that Israel greatly values human life, whereas Hamas & co. value death and mayhem. Israel has shown it many times over, and those who don't know it by now, don't want to know it. So let's stop playing to the peanut gallery of appeasers, anti-Semites, Israel-haters and the chronically-uninformed.

Yes, we know that deterrence is a crucial part of any national security stance, both for Israel and the United States. But deterrence is not something you wish upon a star for and then, poof, it magically appears. Want deterrence? Show that you mean what you say and you say what you mean, i.e., stop with the hand-wringing, soul-searching, lamenting, over-justifying and apologizing for every difficult, but right decision you have to make and then...just do it.

And as to whether Israel and/or America have "compromised their policy of deterrence," as many recent articles have noted: NO, they haven't, for the simple reason that they lost all semblance of deterrence a long ago.

Israel lost it with its policy of exchanging hundreds, even thousands of (live) Palestinian terrorists for, in most cases, bones (i.e., remains) of a kidnapped/ captured Israeli soldier or two and then not exacting severe and memorable punishment from responsible parties.

America lost it back in the days of good ole Jimmy Carter and his handling of the Iranian hostage crisis, only to be outshone and out-appeased by current Appeaser-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.

Notice today's headlines? Take a gander at some of these:

  • The Obama administration has pulled its ambassador out of Syria [with its tails between its legs] over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's regime for threats to his safety (story here).
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said if the U.S. and Pakistan ever went to war, his country would back Islamabad (story here). 
  • "The U.S. has dispatched its point man on economic sanctions to European capitals in an effort to increase pressure on Iran, amid new fears Tehran could expand its regional influence in the wake of America's troop withdrawal from Iraq" (story here). [Its point man on "economic sanctions?" How 'bout dispatching its point man on military action or a few B-1 Lancers, B-52 Stratofortresses, F-15's, F16's, and whatever else we've got to increase pressure on Iran?!]
  • "Tunisian Islamists to do well in first Arab Spring vote" (story here).
  • "IDF recommends freeing Fatah prisoners as gesture to Abbas... to reduce the damage caused the PA by last week's deal for the return of Gilad Shalit" (story here). [Not only should Israel not release these additional prisoners, but Israel should not release the other 550 prisoners it supposedly promised for last week's exchange. Besides terrorists, anyone have a problem with that?!]
  • Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah: "Next time, we'll begin with attack on Tel Aviv" (story here). [Yep, he's quakin' in his boots...]
  • "Hamas: Hezbollah taught us to deal with Israel" (see below). [And with that, we rest our case.]

The Jerusalem Post  |  October 15, 2011

Hamas: Hezbollah taught us to deal with Israel

Hezbollah is credited with teaching Hamas how to secure release of prisoners; Hezbollah kidnapped 6 Israeli soldiers in past decade.

By Staff


Shortly after kidnapping Gilad Schalit in 2006, Hezbollah sent Hamas a report detailing how to successfully broker a prisoner swap deal with Israel, Hamas said on Saturday.

Hamas' political bureau and negotiating team said they studied the report thoroughly, and credited it with helping them successfully secure the release of 1,027 prisoners from Israeli prisons in exchange for the captive soldier.

Hezbollah's experience and success in trading kidnapped Israelis is rather extensive. 

In 2000, three Israeli soldiers, Adi Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar Sawaid were kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah in a cross-border raid. 

Also in 2000, Hezbollah kidnapped Elhanan Tannenbaum, a businessman and IDF reserve colonel who traveled to Lebanon illegally to carry out a drug deal. Tannenbaum was held by Hezbollah until 2004, when he was released alive, along with the bodies of Avitan, Avraham, and Sawaid in exchange for more than 400 security prisoners in Israeli prisons.

In 2006 when Hezbollah conducted another cross-border raid, killing several Israeli soldiers, and kidnapping Eldad Regev, and Ehud Goldwasser, an incident that served as a catalyst for the Second Lebanon War.

The bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were only returned to Israel in 2009, in exchange for the release of a long list of prisoners.

Original article here. 


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