Israel airstrikes in Beirut, troops on the march in southern Lebanon. A call for multinational peacekeepers to enforce a cease-fire.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler at the top of the charts.
Current events? Hardly. It’s 1983 all over again. Back then the Israelis were chasing the PLO up the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon. Just before they sent Yassir Arafat to a hero’s martyrdom, the UN prods the French and America to pull his fat out of the fryer.
And what did we get for saving the Palestinian leadership? 241 dead soldiers and sailors thanks to Hezballah – the same outfit that Israel is currently pulverizing. It was also the beginning of the Jihadi teachings that if one hit America hard enough, it would run – which is exactly what it did under Reagan’s leadership.
Have we come for circle? Only if the Israelis fall for international pressure once more. This time Bush is much stronger in his convictions than Reagan was back then. The Gipper saw the world through the lenses of the Cold War – and the “cut and run” strategy made sense at the time. However Bush sees this as an opportunity to really lay the hurt on Iranian-funded terrorists, and wisely has decided to remain on the sidelines as Israel does what it does best: Protects its citizens.