Israel is warning people in southern Lebanon to evacute the area. The warning is apparently is preparation of a ground invasion against Hezbollah “militants” in the area.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Anan is calling for an immediate cease-fire. Remember this is the U.N., Anan is essentially saying, “Stop or I’ll say ‘stop’ again!”
I find his criticism of Israel to be ignorant. He says they are using “excessive force.” Hezbollah forces started a war by crossing into Israel, killing Israeli soldiers and capturing two others. Now that Israel has decided they are going to finish the war Hezbollah started, they are being called excessive. This is a war. You win a war by using overwhelming force against your enemy. There is no such thing as excessive force against an enemy who is fighting against you.
Now if Hezbollah surrenders and Israel continues to bomb them, I might say that is excessive. Until Hezbollah stops aiming rockets at Israeli cities, Israel’s response can hardly be called “excessive.”