Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Thoughts Today On The Middle East Crisis

A quick look at what is going on in the world shows that things are quite bleak at this time. Israel is stepping up its offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon and there are reports of a full-scale ground invasion being imminent.

I support Israel as they are left with no choice but to go in and take out these terrorists.

However, I believe, and have always believed, that a multi-pronged approach is necessary to win the War on Terror. Bombs and missiles raining down on Islamofascists is one approach. But there has to be more to this in order to achieve peace long term.

Israel is on a very short leash right now. Europe is split in terms of support and the United States has stated that Israel has one week to get things done.

There are currently 14 world conflicts involving Islamic militants. Today, Ethiopia sent troops to fend off al-Qaeda types from taking down the feeble U.N. controlled government in Somalia.

In Iraq, it is not being called a civil war at the moment, but that is what it is. Six thousand people have died in Iraq in the last two months.

The world has got to get together and go after these terrorists with gusto or else we are going to be in a perpetual war that will never end and millions will die needlessly.

I admire Israel for taking it to the enemy. I admire the United States Marines for helping to evacuate thousands of Americans from Lebanon.

Georgian Republican and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich believes we are in the early stages of World War III. This is a chilling statement. Because I believe Mr. Gingrich to be a very intelligent man and one who could be president, except for lacking in the charisma department.

The problem right now is their is a great deal of anti-semitism in Europe that has been bubbling for the last few years. Without a united front against the terrorists Israel will suffer mass casualties and it will become increasingly difficult for her to survive as a state.

The Iraq war has become more and more difficult because Europe was not united with America. This has caused thousands of people to lose their lives.

I wonder exactly what it will take for the world to truly unite in this war. Will there have to be a large scale attack in Europe? I hope not. I hope that thousands, perhaps tens of thousands do not have to unnecessarily lose their lives in order for the world to realize the threat of Muslim extremism is the most severe threat to civilization that most of us have seen or will see in our lifetimes.

I am also wondering when bin Laden and company will get into the act against Israel. I'm glad the marines are getting people out of Lebanon, however, I do not want to see a U.S. military presence in this conflict. We would be making our troops targets of the terrorists and we need to worry more about Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, where fighting has intensified in recent days and weeks.

I wonder exactly where this will lead. How far will this spiral out of control? I know one thing unless the world unites behind Israel fast. This is going to be a long, protracted war that could lead to a nuclear weapon being used for victory, by which side is anyone's guess.

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