So a sovereign state was attacked by an uncontrolled militia of another state which is sponsored by a third state. The attack, a political ploy to disrupt pressure by a superpower on the third state in question was calculated, sophisticated, violent, and violated the UN-approved border which officially fulfilled a UN Security Council resolution.
What did the UN do about this? Well, let’s see. The Security Council met to condemn the attack. They sat there and watched as the French – their ambassador to the UN grateful that the UN resides in NY and not in some car-burning suburb of Paris where disgruntled 2nd and 3rd generation predominantly Muslim immigrants from France’s colonial past are bringing to the French a taste of that sordid history – suggested a resolution condemning the Hezbollah violence…and the Israeli retaliation.
In a show of justice and fair play, the US objected to the mention of Israel in the resolution. Then the Algerians – yup, one of those countries defined by the French’s sordid past – who also sit on this hallowed Security Council that Israel has never been able to join (although Syria has been on it), proposed that the resolution was ill advised and any mention of Hezbollah should be abandoned altogether. Unfortunately, since the NY Times, AP and Reuters have thus far not seen fit to report on this effective UN Security Council session, I am limited to the Israel papers which are not reporting how the Algerians justified their position. I’m sure if we had the information, we could put our doctoral student in Philosophy to work deciphering the
illogic of their position.
By the way, the good news is the Israelis were not taken by surprise and nobody got hurt. The bad news is that Hezbollah effectively showered the entire North of Israel with their attack. Their fighters also showed some balls in the attack and were unafraid to directly and personally attack IDF positions.
In case you are wondering, that photo above shows Hezbollah fighters, not Israeli soldiers. As you can see, they don’t look like the idiot Hamas fighters, and they also don’t look like amateurs. They look like well armed and well-prepared soldiers.
In related news, IDF sources believe the Hezbollah bombardment was launched because of a failed attempt to attack a paratrooper unit with the intent to kill or kidnap soldiers. The attempted attack failed because the paratroopers noticed the attackers and reacted swiftly. The hero of the day is a young recruit by the name of David Markovitz. David, a Hesder soldier, was the unit’s sharpshooter and calmly aimed and with precision quickly killed the four well-armed attackers as they approached. David’s calm and sure hand have earned him national press in Israel, in part because he is a young recruit and only about a month out of basic training (which is several months for paratroopers and most infantry soldiers in the IDF).
The happy soldier can be seen here. Oddly, he looks like Jordan Bratman. You know, the guy who just married Christina Aguilera.