Response to Me
The following is a reponse to my emailed rant to Sen Inholfe. Somebody did read and reply. I don't know if it was Mr. Inholfe himself or not but it is a reply. I anticipate a more detailed reply from Dr. Coburn.
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Subject: Responding to your message
Date: Tue, August 8, 2006 11:55 am
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hughes:
Thank you for contact me about the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. As your voice in Washington , I appreciate being made aware of your views.
As you may know, on July 12 th , 2006 Hezbollah attacked Israel launching rockets and send ing terrorists across the border. Eight Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers were killed and two were kidnapped. Israel responded by attacking Hezbollah in southern Lebanon . When reports surfaced that the two kidnapped IDF soldiers would be transported to Iran , Israel widened their attacks to establish a blockade around Lebanon to prevent their soldiers from being turned over to another hostile country. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stated that Israel will continue to fight until its soldiers are returned , Hezbollah is disarmed in accordance with United Nations Resolution 1559 , and Lebanon patrols the border between Israel and Lebanon .
Hezbollah has long had the backing of Syria and Iran and has sought to destroy Israel . These recent attacks have been launched from land unilaterally ceded by Israel to Lebanon . Furthermore, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas also kidnapped an IDF soldier after an attack on Israel launched from land unilaterally ceded by Israel to Palestine . Israel has already attempted the diplomatic measures some are calling for right now . Those attempts ultimately failed because Israel was seen by their enemies as being weak. Israel is also being asked to restrain themselves, but how much restraint should be asked of a country that lives under the threat of terrorist attacks daily and is surrounded by neighbors who do not believe in their right to exist? Finally, some are criticizing Israel for overacting and acting disproportionately. Again, Israel is dealing with neighbors who seek their destruction and is upholding the old military tradition of "leave no man behind."
I opposed the unilateral transfers of land from Israel to their enemies . The land for peace solution can only work if their neighbors recognize Israel 's right to exist, which they don't. It should be noted, that the attacks that started the current fighting were launched from the land that Israel gave away. I also strongly believe in Israel 's right to defend themselves. Americans would be asking for no less than what Israel is doing if we were in the same position. I strongly feel that we should not ask the Israeli government to do what we would not do, refrain from protecting the security of its people. Israel is our one reliable friend in the entire Middle East and we should remain solidly behind them. I will continue to monitor this situation closely.
Again, thank you for your comments. Please do not hesitate to contact me again.