Israel Vs. Lebanon

Apparently, the terrorists in Lebanon are jealous of the massive beating that Israel has been delivering on a daily basis to the Palestinians and so Hizbullah has decided to get in on the “fun” by kidnapping 2 Israeli soldiers.

Not so smart.

Here’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s reaction to the kidnapping:

“Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared the attack as an “act of war” and not terror. During a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Wednesday afternoon, he called it an unprovoked assault by a sovereign nation and held Lebanon, where Hizbullah has a minister in the government, fully responsible.

“Israel’s response will be restrained but very, very, very painful,” Olmert added.”

You know, he sure did use the word “very” a lot in that sentence before the word “painful” and if this report from the Jerusalem Post is accurate, I’d say it was merited:

“Israel rejected a cease-fire request made by the Lebanese government, via the UN, after IDF troops entered its territory to rescue two soldiers captured by Hizbullah Wednesday morning.

A very high ranking military officer said that if the soldiers were not returned in good condition, Israel would turn Lebanon back 20 years by striking its vital infrastructure.”

When this is all finally said and done, and half of Lebanon is left trying to pick bodies out of the rubble in the dark while simultaneously trying to figure out where to get food, maybe they’ll start to figure out that they should stop picking fights with the Israelis — or maybe not. Even a country full of village idiots would have figured that out by now.

Either way, it’s good to see Israel treating these terrorist attacks as what they are: acts of war against their nation. You allow a terrorist group to freely operate on your soil and provide them with sanctuary, succor, shelter, and support, then the government is directly responsible when they launch an attack and the whole country deserves to suffer as a result.

So, give ’em hell, Israel, because they certainly deserve it.

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