Diplomacy never works with Terrorists

Warning: Personal Opinion, not related to theology.

It amazes me that so many people think that the solution to every Middle East problem is diplomacy. Israel is wrong, they say, to be so aggressive with military force (And the U.S. too, although I wish the U.S. would be more aggressive). Let me just say that diplomacy only works in the terrorists’ favor. They are like playground bullies, who taunt and tease and pick fights with innocent children. Eventually the child that gets picked on is going to get fed up with the bullying and stand up to him, and he might just give him a sock in the jaw. I’m no Zionist, and I don’t feel obligated to support Israel because it is a Jewish state. But on a purely secular level, they have every right to bomb the heck out of Hezbollah. You cannot negotiate with terrorists, because you will always lose. See how well “appeasement strategy” worked when Israel gave up part of the Gaza strip? Terrorists cannot be appeased. They must be crushed.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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3 Responses to Diplomacy never works with Terrorists

  1. Father Hollywood says:


    Indeed, Israel has a right to defend itself against Hezbollah, but they’re not bombing Hezbollah, they’re bombing Lebanon (read: Lebanese civilians – of which, 39% are Christian).

    The problem is this: Lebanon is unable to control Hezbollah. Even with all its might, Israel has been unable to damage Hezbollah in 20 years – and yet they expect a country like Lebanon – with virtually no army – to put them out of business. And if they don’t? Then they will bomb Beirut, and the heavily Christian areas of Lebanon into the stone age until they do have the strength to take out Hezbollah. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

    Here is a piece by Pat Buchanan that I think puts it into perspective:


    [If the URL doesn’t come through, google “Pat Buchanan” and look for his article called “Where are the Christians?”]

    Last week, Grace and I ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants: Phoenicia. The owners are Lebanese Christians. The TV in the bar was on CNN, and a group of guys (Christian Arabs) were huddled around a laptop watching the homes of their relatives being bombed. It’s sure a lot different when its ones family in jeopardy – a lot less like a video game with a simple good guy and a simple bad guy.

    Can you imagine if an anti-abortion group demanded that the U.S. stop aborting babies, or they would start bombing churches and homes of civilians in the U.S. until the terrorism of infanticide comes to an end? We (American opponents of abortion) are powerless to stop it – at least in the short term – and yet, couldn’t one say that the abortionists are bullies, that the American government and people are murderers, and those who protect innocent lives have a right to defend them?

    I agree with your principle. Like Dirty Harry said: “There’s nothing wrong with shooting, as long as the right people get shot.” Well, the wrong people are being bombed here. Once again, Israel and the U.S. come off looking like the bullies to the rest of the world.

    And the fundamentalists have it wrong: the State of Israel are not “God’s people” – rather the Church, that includes the Christians of Lebanon, are the “New Israel.” They are God’s chosen people, and they are bearing a cross and are helpless to defend themselves against both Hezbollah and Israel. Furthermore, Israel’s actions may indeed make Lebanese Muslims more sympathetic to Hezbollah.

    This, I believe, is why people are calling for diplomacy. Even when school kids fight, it’s not a bad idea to give them a cooling off period to iron out the situation. A cease fire would not be such a bad idea right now to save lives and try to find some other solution other than bombing innocent Christians back to the stone age.

    WWAD? (What Would Augustine Do?) The retaliatory killing of civilians has never been a tenet of a Just War – but Americans haven’t thought in those terms since 1861. The modern American (and Israeli) philosophy is “win at all costs, by any means necessary” – regardless of what seeds are sown for the next generation.

  2. Pastor Beisel says:

    I guess the Terrorists have already won, then. They know that all they have to do is shoot missiles from among civilians or strap bombs to themselves and they have us licked. Our hands our tied. If we retaliate, we are guilty of waging an unjust war because we are forced to take out the homes of civilians. All we can do is just sit back and wait to be attacked again. And again. And again. And again. Anyone who thinks that terrorists can be bargained with are not living in reality.

    It is sad that some of the Lebanese civilians are being bombed. Is that Israel’s fault? No. It is the fault of the Terrorists. The only reason groups like Hezbollah are active is that for decades governments have tried to placate them rather than stand up to them and confront them. There are undoubtedly just as many Lebanese who are cheering Israel on.

    Don’t forget that the philosophy of the terrorists is also, “Win at all costs, regardless of what seeds are sown in the future, regardless of what innocent civilians we kill.” That always seems to get put in the background, while U.S.A. and other peace-loving nations like us are expected to bend over and take it.

  3. Pastor Beisel says:

    By the way, the mainstream media will have you believe that Israel is just shooting missiles at random, not caring where they land. That is such bologny. Like the United States in Iraq, they are undoubtedly aiming at specific targets where their intelligence has directed them.

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