Pat Buchanan drew an interesting comparison in a recent column. Israel invaded Gaza, then Lebanon, and bombed numerous civilian targets like bridges and power stations over the abduction of three of its soldiers. When three of our soldiers were recently killed, and two of them kidnapped and horribly tortured and mutilated in the process, our response was nonexistent. Had we followed Israel's example, we might have justified bombing the sunni triangle, taking out bridges, power stations and the like and basically condemning the population to a horrible existence. Why the difference? Why does our President justify Israel's response while not doing something similar to protect our own troops? If it would have been wrong, unjustified or against international law for us to inflict collective punishment on the local Iraqi population, a considerable percentage of which no doubt supported the killers, why is it acceptable for Israel to do basically the same thing? If Israel is acting appropriately, why don't we do the same thing? Don't we value our soldiers as much as Israel does?