09 August 2006

Today's Phone Conversation

Me: Hey, how ya doin?

Other Person: Not great.

Me: What's wrong?

OP: Watching the news. They're sending more troops in.

Me: Yeah. I know. But it has to be done.

OP: It makes me sick, all these young people dying. I wish I could go in and take their place, so they could live their lives. It makes me sick.

Me: I know. It's the result of over a decade of bad decision-making on the part of the Israeli government as much as it is the fault of these terror groups.

OP: I wish they could just get Nasrallah and these other leaders. Maybe then it'd all be over.

Me: It's nice in theory, but it wouldn't work that way. America fought communism during the Cold War with the same mindset-- kill Russia, and the minions will perish. But it didn't work like that. America got Russia, but communism is still going strong abroad and in the U.S. It's nice to think the war would end if we killed Nasrallah, but it wouldn't.

OP: I know. I should've worded it better. It would be nice if we got Nasrallah-- it would give us the umph we need and maybe shock the terrorists enough to get us in there more smoothly.

Me: I get where you're coming from. But it probably wouldn't work like that. If Israel got Nasrallah, the government would most likely put an end to the war in order to please the world body. That would only give his followers time to regroup before they attacked us again. It isn't pleasant and I know how you feel, but we have to do it this way. We have to do a ground invasion.

OP: It doesn't make me happy. It doesn't put a band-aid on that hurt.

Me: No, it doesn't. But there's no point in getting all down about it. We have to stay strong in the promises of Adonai, in Isaiah 26:19, and trust that He's going to fight for us. And we have to pray that the leaders in the IDF are seeking Adonai Tzvaot's council on this so that we do claim victory. We have to pray that Israel remembers her history of all the battles fought and won in the Torah with little to no casualties, and that the IDF trusts in these miracles as they march into the fight. We've got to keep believing so we can keep our nation strong.

OP: Yeah.

Me: They're saying 40,000 troops are waiting to go in. They're expecting it to last 4-6 weeks.

OP: That would bring us up to Sukkot.

Miracles, HaShem-- Miracles in our midst during your Moedim, bevakasha, HaShem!


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