Note: This letter appeared in The New York Times on August 4, 2006.
Letters to the Editor The New York Times
July 31, 2006
To the Editor:
Paul Krugman (''Shock and Awe,'' column, July 31) suggests that Israel was hasty in its military response to Hezbollah's unprovoked attack. In doing so, he assumes that Israel did not consider all of the options before reacting.
Israel waited nearly two years for the international community to carry out Resolution 1559, which calls for the disarmament and disbanding of Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the international community virtually looked the other way as Hezbollah built up its arsenal of rockets and missiles waiting for the moment that it would strike Israel.
Israel's response in defense of its citizens finally awakened the international community to the scope of Hezbollah's threat to Israel and the region. It is time for the world to act decisively to ensure that the rocket and missile attacks end.
The Lebanese Army, supported by a meaningful international force, can prevent Hezbollah from rearming and regaining control of southern Lebanon. But it cannot do it alone, which is why the international community must embrace President Bush's call for a sustainable peace.
Michael A. Salberg Director, International Affairs
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