There is an excellent article on the situation in Israel in the Ottawa Sun. Below are a few excerpts.
Annan initially claimed Israel had deliberately targeted the UN post. He later softened his accusation.
He better have, since a Hezbollah post was mere meters away from said UN post. The UN post was being used as cover. For anyone who thinks a "peace keeping force" in Lebanon is a good idea, this is yet another example of why it's actually totally useless.
Retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, Canada's most experienced commander of UN military missions, wonders why the UN didn't withdraw its "peacekeepers" when fighting started. It's a valid concern, since the UN has an abysmal record at negotiating peace.
Despite agreeing with U.S. President George Bush, who supports Israel against Hezbollah, Harper is right to stand with Israel in this case.
Hezbollah started the war -- not just because it kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, but because it invaded Israeli territory and killed eight other soldiers. How could Israel not respond to that provocation?
Those who argue that Israel overreacted by smothering Lebanon with bombs, rockets and missiles neglect to point out that Hezbollah has a reported 10,000 missiles and rockets from Syria and Iran, and has declared all-out war on Israel.
Unmentioned, too, is Hezbollah's tactic of placing missiles and rockets in civilian zones, so reprisals will inevitably kill civilians.
Israel's military sites are removed from population centres, not placed in downtown Haifa.
MacKenzie and others have pointed out that most of the civilized world, including Canada, has designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
Telegdi omits this observation, to which his own party subscribes. What concerns Telegdi and those who think as he does, is that "the situation in Lebanon has degenerated into total war."
Sorry, Andrew, but if you believe that you know little about "total war." From Israel's viewpoint, and response, it is "selective war."
Just as Hezbollah's (and Hamas') declared intention is the liquidation of Israel, so Israel's determination now is the elimination of Hezbollah as a threat to its security and existence.
Arguably, Hezbollah is the most disciplined Arab fighting force. It also sponsors schools, social work, health clinics and is represented in Lebanon's Parliament.
While these are positives for the people, Hezbollah's military wing is not only a threat to Israel but, by its effectiveness, a threat to Lebanon as an independent state.
Telegdi thinks Canada has abandoned some 40,000 Canadians of Lebanese descent who mostly live permanently in Lebanon.
This is unfair, considering the huge effort and cost of evacuating people.
As if to underline his unrealism, Telegdi urges Canada "support an all-out international effort to immediately put an end to this conflict."
How? With blue berets? The sorry truth is that if the Arabs had no weapons there'd be peace, while if Israel had no weapons there'd be no Israel.
I think I would change that last line to "if Hezbollah had no weapons there'd be peace," but the point is still well made.