No Sovereign Nation Would Tolerate Terror

Published: Wednesday, 08/02/2006 12:00 am EDT

Hezbollah is a heavily-armed Islamic terrorist organization that is seeking the annihilation of the State of Israel and is part of the Canadian government's list of banned terror organizations (Re: "Israel in Lebanon: A Decapitation for a Tooth" July 19). The organization is responsible for countless terror attacks since its inception in 1982. Although Israel fully withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000 in accordance with UN guidelines, Hezbollah has continued kidnapping Israeli civilians and soldiers, launching rockets towards populated Israeli cities and supporting Palestinian suicide bombers. Hezbollah is intent on making Lebanon an Islamic theocracy, and preventing its democratic government from operating as a sovereign country. The disarming of Hezbollah is in the interest of both Israel and a sovereign democratic Lebanon. As Mr. Jones knows well but fails to mention, Hezbollah is far from being a mere "gang". This terror organization, in addition to killing thousands of Israelis, has also killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers, kidnapped and executed dozens of foreigners in the 1980s and 1990s.

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