The Dilemma is this:
On one hand...US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insists Hezbollah must release two Israeli soldiers and pull back from the border before any cease-fire with Israel.....
BUT ON THE OTHER HAND...Israel has set identical conditions for an end to fighting that has cost 377 lives in Lebanon and at least 39 Israeli lives in 13 days.
BUT THEN, Rice is "deeply concerned about the Lebanese people and what they are enduring."You betcha! So what's a Levantine type person to do? Grin and bear it while the business to hand is addressed?
OBVIOUSLY Israel is a victim of diabolical forces out of its own control.
AFTER ALL, as we all have been told, Israel "has a right to defend itself". That's' what G.W. Bush says, that's what John Howard says, that's what Kim Beazley says...a nation such as Israel has an inalienable right to defend itself.....All the way to Tripoli if necessary.
We know how Israel 'defends' itself, don't we? Israel employs forward defence -- it grows by defending itself.