The Real Reason for the Fighting

William Kristol spells out what the conflict in Lebanon is all about:

For while Syria and Iran are enemies of Israel, they are also enemies of the United States. We have done a poor job of standing up to them and weakening them. They are now testing us more boldly than one would have thought possible a few years ago. Weakness is provocative. We have been too weak, and have allowed ourselves to be perceived as weak.

The right response is renewed strength — in supporting the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, in standing with Israel, and in pursuing regime change in Syria and Iran. For that matter, we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait? Does anyone think a nuclear Iran can be contained? That the current regime will negotiate in good faith? It would be easier to act sooner rather than later. Yes, there would be repercussions — and they would be healthy ones, showing a strong America that has rejected further appeasement.

But such a military strike would take a while to organize. In the meantime, perhaps President Bush can fly from the silly G8 summit in St. Petersburg — a summit that will most likely convey a message of moral confusion and political indecision — to Jerusalem, the capital of a nation that stands with us, and is willing to fight with us, against our common enemies. This is our war, too.

And Mr. Kristol has been leading the neocon charge for this war for the last five years. See this letter that was sent to President Bush less than two weeks after 9/11.

Make no mistake, I don’t doubt that there are radical Islamists who want to kill infidels. But there also seems to be an abundance of keyboard warriors like William Kristol who are all too eager to send other people’s kids off to kill and be killed.

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