"This is World War III. This idea that we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill us and we get to talk, is nuts." -- Newt Gingrich
While Newt tends to be a little "over the top", sometimes, he's got a point. If we would observe the lessons of history and stand up to bullies early on, instead of engaging in social masturbation (diplomacy) so much, decisive action could have gone a long way toward eliminating a lot of the problems with North Korea and the MIddle East. Iran is clearly behind the Hezbollah attacks from Southern Lebanon and Hezbollah, Iran's little puppet regime, has the same stated goal as does Hamas - the destruction of the State of Israel. It never ceases to amaze me how otherwise intelligent diplomats and leaders of democratic nations fail to understand that you cannot negotiate with somebody who wants to kill you as their primary objective:
Terrorists: We are going to kill you. Death to XXX!
Country: Look, let's negotiate.
Terrorists: You will die, infidel! And I will go to heaven and meet Allah!
Country: Come on, let's sit down and talk about some incentives.
Terrorists: BLAM! BOOM! (Smoke....)
This leaves pretty few options, doesn't it? Yet, we're still carrying on the conversation, as if it really has a chance of going somewhere. It doesn't.
I talked about this Iran thing six months ago in another post here. My opinion hasn't changed, in fact it has hardened considerably. I also warned about $4.00 gallon gas this summer back in April.
The way you stand up to a bully, once again, is that you cannot negotiate with or appease them. To put it in the vernacular, you cut their nuts off and neutralize them permanently so that they can no longer be a threat. The sooner you do it, the better - because this interminable waiting and delusional playing of the appeasement game simply gives them that much more time to consolidate power and become ever more dangerous.
It's not about the rules of engagement. It's not about the Geneva Conventions. It's not about what is morally right or who started it, or who is right and who is wrong, you idiots! What it is about is learning the lessons of history and having the guts to take care of business!
This is precisely what happened with Hitler prior to World War II. U.S. tried to stay out of it and finally had no choice but to declare war. Great Britain, our closest ally, was nearly obliterated because we took so long to "get the message". Had we jumped in earlier, we could have neutralized Hitler (and possibly the Japanese) and six million Jews, 20 million Russians, and countless hundreds of thousands of American and European lives could have been spared. And, it looks to me that we haven't yet learned the lesson.
Gingrich says the reluctance to put all the pieces together and see one global conflict is hurting America's interests. He says people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong "because they haven't crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war."
An historian, Gingrich said he has been studying recently how Abraham Lincoln talked to Americans about the Civil War, and what turned out to be a much longer and deadlier war than Lincoln expected. In other words, he thinks that the President isn't presenting the real conflict to the Congress and to Americans by "connecting all the dots".
This is an American issue, we are in the middle of it and it's up to us to have the balls to take care of business. Because if we don't it is going to hurt us a lot more later. Think about it: We are flying men into space to a space station, and meanwhile, back here on earth, people are killing each other over a bunch of land. America has the ability to put a stop to it, but it appears that it doesn't have the guts it takes to do so.