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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Rockets hit the North (Naharia)

The radio news here in Israel is reporting that three Ketyushas have been fired from Lebanon into Naharia (in northern Israel).  There are apparently injured Israelis as a result of the attack.

According to JPost

"An Al Jazeera reporter with close ties to Hizbullah said there was no chance the rockets were fired by the Shi'ite terror group, because the rockets were of an outdated model that Hizbullah had not used for years."

In other news, the same Al Jazeera reporter has stated that Hizbullah is also not responsible for the rockets that will be fired later this afternoon from southern Lebanon since the Iranian sponsored terror group only uses rockets from their patron, while the rockets that will be fired at Israel are of Chinese origin.

Update:  Much nonsense is being spewed by the blabbering class about why these three rockets weren't fired by Hizbullah, and were probably 'just' fired by some splinter Palestinian terror group.

I'm sorry but:

a)  If Israeli sovereignty is violated by rocket fire, what the hell does it matter who fired it.  It's not our problem that ostensibly nobody is manning the store up there in Lebanon (even though we all know exactly who is calling the shots).

b)  It certainly doesn't matter to the people who the rockets are landing on what 'brand' they are or who fired them.  Injured is injured... and dead is dead.

c)  When a rocket (or any other ordnance) is inadvertently fired from one country into another, someone customarily issues a statement saying 'oops' (in diplomat speak, of course).  Those of a certain age will remember the Jordanian soldiers regular firing into west Jerusalem and the Jordanian government reporting that 'another solider had gone crazy and acted of his own volition'.  At a certain point the 'duty crazy person' line became a bit hard to swallow.   In the case of Lebanon where there are several factions and groups that are nominally in charge, one would expect multiple 'oopses', or at least a competing denunciations of the act to distance themselves from blame.  But in this case... silence (except for the Al Jazeera apologist journalist mentioned earlier).

d)  If and when the denials and diplomatic 'oops'/'it wasn't us' messages are issued, points a & b come back into play.

Now I'm not looking for Israel to open up a second front now (or ever), but this makes one wonder whether we shouldn't have some horribly disproportionate (yes, there's that word again) scorched earth conventional weapon capable of clearing a very large area around the source of those three missiles?

It has been said again and again by smarter people than I, that Israel's only real long-term defense against our enemies is an overwhelming deterrence (i.e. making them painfully aware of the price they will pay for even 'small' attacks). 

It seems to me that not responding to each and every attack is an excellent way to erode any semblance of deterrence we might once have had.

Posted by David Bogner on January 8, 2009 | Permalink

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I wholeheartedly agree. You'll notice that since WW2 Japan hasn't attacked the US.

Posted by: Marsha in Englewood | Jan 8, 2009 4:38:59 PM

I think the IDF fired some shells back in the direction of the origin of the rockets, for all the good that will do. They should dump a 'Daisycutter' right in the middle of wherever the fire came from, but sadly, I'm not in charge of the military.

Posted by: Josh K | Jan 8, 2009 6:01:23 PM

Maybe a better idea would be to fire on Damascus or Tehran every time their proxies fire on us.

Posted by: Mark | Jan 8, 2009 7:25:07 PM

A BLU-82 would do the trick nicely. It worked its charm in Tora Bora and guess what? Osama and his ilk turned tail and ran when they started raining. Let's send a few Nassrallah's way curtesy of the IDF. That ought to get his attention and cure him of any illusions of victory.

Posted by: Allan | Jan 8, 2009 8:43:56 PM

This morning while I was listening to the news on Galei Tzahal, I learned of the rockets on Nahariya. The reporter was quick to say that they weren't fired by Hizbollah.

Now why didn't I find that very reassuring?

Posted by: Baila | Jan 8, 2009 10:32:59 PM

And, why do so many think we shouldn't defend ourselves, no matter who did the firing?

Posted by: JewWishes | Jan 10, 2009 12:40:26 AM

It doesn't matter who fired them. It does matter where they were fired "from". I would punish the "from". Radical Islam knows no borders.

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