One of my all-time favorite movies is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Near the end of the movie, when all of the main players are engaging in their showdown in the steel foundry, there is a scene where Sarah Connor has cornered the evil T1000 on a scaffold above a large pool of molten metal. She begins repeatedly shooting the T1000 with her shotgun. Each blast stuns the T1000 and sends him reeling back closer and closer to the railing above the molten metal, and oblivion. Sarah shoots and shoots, and just when the T1000 is backed up against the railing, and one more shot will send him over the edge to his doom, Sarah pulls the trigger on her shotgun, and *click*... *click* *click* *click* - she has run out of rounds. Meanwhile, the T1000 has regained his balance, and being made of liquid metal, he swiftly heals his shotgun wounds. Then, to add insult to injury, he raises his eyes to Sarah without raising his head and tauntingly wags his index finger at her.
If you haven't already figured out my analogy, Sarah Connor is Israel, the T1000 is Hezbollah, and the *click* is the idiotic cease-fire that began being observed yesterday. All this cease-fire did was give Hezbollah the break it needs to rearm, regroup, and redeploy. Why oh why does Israel always give in, and why oh why does the United States demand that Israel do what the United States would never itself do, and that is to capitulate before its enemy. If Israel demanded of us what we demand of Israel, we would tell Israel to pound sand. Israel should do likewise when we send Condoleezza Rice over there to tell them to make nice with a bunch of bloodthirsty killers like Hezbollah.
In T2, the T1000 eventually gets sent into the molten pool of metal, but only after it gets shot with a grenade launcher by the Governor of California. Israel should take the hint and go after Hezbollah with even more resolve and greater firepower.
One thing many people in the west don't understand (and Israel should) is that these Islamic crazies don't think like we westerners do. We look at diplomacy and negotiation as a strength and something to be admired. The Islamic crazies look at diplomacy and negotiation as a sign of weakness that can be exploited for their gain. The only reason Hezbollah agreed to abide by this cease-fire is so they can make like the T1000: regain their balance, heal their bullet wounds, then once again make a go at wiping out Israel. Hezbollah doesn't admire the United States, Israel, or any of the weak-kneed Euro/U.N. noodles because they push for a cease-fire; Hezbollah looks at these countries with contempt for being so weak that they would actually desire to negotiate. The only thing these crazies understand and respect is force, power, and violence. The only thing we can do is give them what they respect... in spades.
Good Day to You, Sir