A reputation for ferocity and lethality combined with civility and a willingness to help a country ravaged by war is the combination essential to success in the Middle East. When the international force arrives in south Lebanon, the U.S. and its allies must pour billions into the reconstruction of Lebanon in patterns that benefit the non-Hezbollah eelemts of the country, demonstrating to the Arab world, and to the people of Baghdad, that reconstruction can indeed proceed if the worst elements of a society are restrained.
The reputation the U.S. is developing, though, is not one for ferocity and lethality, but for a deeply confused country. One example from this morning: The Los Angeles Times today provided the Syrian Ambassador with space for 1,000+ words to use for the benefit of the country who’s arms have been raining down on civilians and whose proxy has killed hundreds across the globe, including 241 American Marines and soldiers beginning in 1983. Syria has been named by the UN as the power behind the assasinations of Lebanese leaders, and is not complying with UN resolutions. Syria is allowing cross-border shipments of terrorists and weapons that are killing Americans serving in Iraq.
I cannot conceive of the thought process that went into the paper’s decision to run agitprop for a terror sponsor state at this moment engaged in the resupply of terrorists attempting to kill Israelis.
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Did they run Goebbels during World War 2?