Lessons from the Second Lebanon War, Ten Years On

(Commentary) Michael Rubin - Lebanon made a conscience choice to allow Hizbullah to assert its primacy along its southern border following Israel's UN-certified withdrawal in May 2000. Hizbullah armed and launched its attack in 2006 under the watch of UNIFIL. Hizbullah began the 2006 conflict with 10,000-12,000 rockets. Today it has 150,000 missiles. Diplomacy empowers terrorists, it does not defeat them. Nor does it do any favors for peace. Only accountability - sometimes delivered by force of arms - can convince locals to turn groups like Hizbullah into pariahs. The writer is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

2016-08-16 00:00:00

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