Friday, August 11, 2006

News to Me

Antimissile weapon exists
"There is no military solution to the conflict." How often have we heard that and almost believed it? It sounds good but it isn't so. Many, perhaps most, major conflicts have had military solutions. Nazism was defeated, not negotiated out of existence. Slavery was abolished by Union battlefield victory. Islamofascist insurgencies in Morocco and Algeria have been destroyed by force and no longer threaten those countries. The Taliban was overthrown by force.

The destruction of Hezbollah's cache of rockets and their launch crews and their subsequent unwillingness to fire more rockets would be a military solution.

The weapon which will do that exists. It is the M-26 artillery rocket. Its warhead is a cluster bomb which divides into many bomblets over its target. The M-26 rockets are fired in barrages of dozens at once. It does not prevent the launching of rockets by the enemy. Instead it kills everybody within a substantial radius around the launch site and prevents them firing a second rocket ever again.

These M-26 rockets are scheduled to be shipped to Israel and should end the rocket bombardment of Israel and end the war.

To absolutely no one's surprise, the perennially pro-Arab State Department is doing everything it can to thwart the shipment. The reason they give for their opposition is that the Arabs won't like it. But they're not supposed to like it. Isn't that the point of the weapon? For them not to like it? Not like it so much that they end their bombardment of Israel, or are unable to continue?

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