Early today, rocket attacks were launched against Israel from Lebanon. The rocket attacks came because of Israeli attacks against Gaza after rocket attacks against Israel came from there.
Notice that I used the phrase because of – not in spite of. The Lebanon rocket attacks really haven’t been launched against any pressure created by the Israeli invasion of Gaza. The Lebanon rocket attacks have come as a result of pressure created by the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
Any notion that military force can provide security be creating a deterrent of violent retribution ought to be laid to rest by the cycle of attack and counter attack that Israel finds itself in the middle of. Deterrentless fighting has been going on there for decades, after all.
When Israel attacked Gaza, it gave power to those in Lebanon who wanted to attack Israel, and weakened those seeking to maintain a truce. Israel’s attacks against Gaza haven’t stopped the rocket attacks from Gaza either. The Israeli military operations have encouraged Gaza’s rocket brigades, demonstrating that a few rockets have the power to direct Israel’s foreign policy.
The Palestinians and mystery rocket attackers are not exempt from this lesson. Their rocket attacks haven’t cowed Israel into submission. Instead, the rocket attacks have made it easier for militaristic Israelis to whip up support for more war.
Violence doesn’t discourage violence. Violence encourages violence. War is no deterrent.