Friday, July 11, 2014
Here's Why A Disproportionate Response To Terrorism Works
Here's a good example of why a disproportionate response to terrorist aggression works.
This morning, three Katyusha missiles were fired at Israeli towns in the north of the country from the Lebanese border.They landed near Kfar Yuval, between the northern Israeli towns of Metulla and Kiryat Shmona.
The IDF responded with heavy artillery fire, and lodged an official complaint with UNFIL, the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon not with any expectation of UNFIL actually doing anything but to document the incident.
Lebanon, which has no relations with Israel and is essentially ruled by Hezbollah immediately sent units of the Lebanese army into the area..not to attack Israel, but to find and stop the perpetrators who fired the rockets.
They found and disabled two rockets that had been set up for launch, and already have one suspect in custody. According to the Lebanese, the rockets were launched from the village of Hasbaya, near the border, and the rockets were likely fired by a splinter Palestinian group in Lebanon that identifies with Hamas.
In previous situations, the Lebanese government would have shrugged something like this off, and their military would have actively collaborated in any attack on Israel. But now, things are different. The memory of what happened in Lebanon in 2006 is still strong, Shi'ite Hezbollah has never been all that fond of Sunni Hamas or the Palestinians in general anyway and Hezbollah is otherwise engaged in Syria and in trying to hold Lebanon together.
As much as Hezbollah hates Jews, The last thing they want is a confrontation with Israel, so they stomped on this quick.
A strong response to terrorist aggression works.