It's ridiculous to suggest that Lebanon has any control over the Hezbollah-backed terrorists. Syria and Iran have far more control over them than the fledgling Lebanese government does. Hell, we can't even put an end to terrorism in a country where we're waging war. What on Earth makes anyone think the Lebanese government has any control over Hezbollah?
I have been to Lebanon on 3 different occasions, and I have relatives who live there as well as my TWO CHILDREN who are currently visiting their grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins with their father (my ex-husband). The Lebanese are, with the exceptions of a few nutcases in the Hezbollah, etc..., some of the most gracious, grounded, hospitable, and friendly people I have ever met. Do millions of innocent Lebanese civilians deserve to have their lives hanging in the balance because Israel has placed the blame for the kidnapping of TWO Israeli soldiers on the wrong entity? Do my TWO American-born, American-raised children deserve to be held hostage by the Israeli government when this will in NO WAY result in the freedom of those two Israeli soldiers and will only lead to instability and further violence? What kind of immoral nonsense will the Israeli government think up next?
Don't get me wrong. I blame Hezbollah for their selfish, immoral actions, but Israel is striking back at the WRONG PEOPLE. The Lebanese should not and cannot be held responsible for what a few fundamentalist nutcases backed by the governments of SYRIA and IRAN have done. Why can't Israel embark on a more precise, more stealthy form of coercion and strike at those who are directly responsible for this act of terrorism rather than taking an entire country hostage?
It's ridiculous and unjust. And anyone who says otherwise has no sense of morality, no understanding of Middle Eastern politics, and no grasp of cause and effect. Bombing Lebanon will NOT force Hezbollah to free this two men. All it will do is endanger the lives of millions, reverse the peace and prosperity that the Lebanese have established in the last decade, and put an end to Lebanese efforts to build a stabile democracy in the Middle East.
Way to go, Israel!!! Keep this up, and you could screw up everything we've been fighting for in less than a week!