Ralph Peters laments Israel’s missed opportunities, and urges its political leaders to get harsh and crush Hezbollah now … before it’s too late:
All Hezbollah has to do to achieve victory is not to lose completely. But for Israel to emerge the acknowledged winner, it has to shatter Hezbollah. Yet Israeli miscalculations have left Hezbollah alive and kicking.
Israel has to pull itself together now, to send in ground troops in sufficient numbers, with fierce resolve to do what must be done: Root out Hezbollah fighters and kill them. This means Israel will suffer painful casualties – more today than if the Israeli Defense Force had gone in full blast at this fight’s beginning.
The situation is grave. A perceived Hezbollah win will be a massive victory for terror, as well as a triumph for Iran and Syria. And everybody loves a winner – especially in the Middle East, where Arabs and Persians have been losing so long.
Israel can’t afford a Hezbollah win. America can’t afford it. Civilization can’t afford it. Yet it just might happen.
The mess Israel has made of its opportunity to smack down Hezbollah should be a wake-up call to the country’s leadership. The IDF looks like a pathetic shadow of the bold military that Ariel Sharon led into Egypt three decades ago. The IDF’s intelligence, targeting and planning were all deficient. Technology failed to vanquish flesh and blood. The myth of the IDF’s invincibility just shattered.
If Israel can’t turn this situation around quickly, the failure will be a turning point in its history. And not for the better.