August 18, 2006, - 5:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My friend, Katherine Curtis Stethem–sister-in-law of Navy Diver Robert Stethem (who was tortured to death by Hezbollah)–has a great piece in the New York Sun.
She notes that even if the phony “ceasefire”–which Hezbollah has already violated–is successful (and it won’t be), Hezbollah is already entrenched. And the strange silence of “ceasefires” gets the necessary fight for America out of sight, out of mind. Her brother-in-law’s murder by Hezbollah is evidence that fighting Hezbollah is America’s fight, not just Israel’s.
Here is an excerpt:
For many, Hezbollah has only recently emerged as a topic of discussion at the water cooler. Hezbollah, however, has been destroying lives and crushing spirits for decades. The torture and ultimate death of Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem during the 1985 Trans World Airlines hijacking by Hezbollah terrorists is recognized as one of the most brutal slayings of our time. America and our allies have yet to implement cohesive measures to bring Rob’s murderers to justice. Robert Stethem and his family deserve better.
Where will it end? Not with this ceasefire, no matter how expedient the agreement may be nor what solution to the Hezbollah problem Israeli and American leaders ultimately fashion. What hope do we have when the leaders of nations and world organizations allow evil to grow and interweave into the fabric of mainstream cultures? Do we expect to defeat militant extremism by playing to the middle ground? The eyes of the world are casting about for the kind of leadership that can bring about a lasting peace. Hezbollah has been America’s problem at least since the 1980s. Ceasefire or not, now is certainly not the time for Americans to lose focus.
Read the whole thing.
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