International (and American) support for Israel’s “air war only” strategy won’t last long, especially after the Qana tragedy. It’s long past time for the Israeli Army to invade Lebanon with overwhelming force and finish Hezbollah while the opportunity remains.
Update: AP says Israel has swung back toward the harsher end of the retaliation scale:
Israel’s Security Cabinet approved widening the ground offensive Tuesday, a participant said, and rejected a cease-fire until an international force is in place in Lebanon. The participant, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said Israel’s airstrikes would resume “in full force” after a 48-hour suspension expires in another day.
The ground forces will move deep into southern Lebanon to the Litani River, about 18 miles north of the border, and hold on to the territory for several weeks until a multinational force can deploy there, a senior Israeli government official said Tuesday.
That’s better, but still not aggressive enough. Hezbollah will only stop fighting if it’s utterly crushed and humiliated. No mercy, folks. War is hell.