July 20, 2006

FREE THE HOSTAGES:

The Era of Hostage States (Arnold Kling, 19, July 2006, TCS)

It is safe to assume that most Lebanese do not like what is happening to their country now. But up until recently, the Lebanese government seemed to have no objection to Hezbollah's weapons arsenal and control over territory. Based on the actions of their elected government, one might infer that the Lebanese people were quite willing to tolerate a heavily armed, radical independent militia in their country. Perhaps the Lebanese would say that they only did so out of fear. To the extent that is the case, then perhaps the Lebanese have been hostages of Hezbollah for a long time...

Perhaps this is the way to fight stateless terror. Declare every state that tolerates them a "hostage" and come to the rescue. Then again, there are no bad reasons to kill terrorists.

Posted by Pepys at July 20, 2006 4:34 PM
Comments

I suppose it's a means vs. ends question, as that has been used as justification for foreign intervention of an unsavory sort for quite a long time.

P.S. Doing a test to see how badly the website is messed up.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 21, 2006 1:38 PM
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