Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Lebanon Demands Compensation from Israel

Lebanon's prime minister Fuad Saniora reported a death toll of 300 and demanded compensation from Israel for the "unimaginable losses" to the nation's infrastructure.

Saniora asked: "Is this what the international community calls self-defense? Is this the price we pay for aspiring to build our democratic institutions?"

The Lebanese government has done a terrible job creating their democratic state. Allowing Hezbollah to operate with impunity in southern Lebanon, allowing weapons to move into the country from Syria, and allowing the missiles to get deployed were the gravest of all policy mistakes. They are paying the price for those errors.

I'd say Israel is showing restraint. They could wipe the country off the map, and take Syria with it. Come into a country -- fire some missiles and kidnap a couple of soldiers -- you will pay the price. You should pay the price.

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