So-called deep thinkers seem unanimous that Israel must agree to a cease fire and begin negotiations with Lebanonand/or Hezbollah. For the life of me, I can't see the point of it. First, Lebanon is insisting on a withdrawal prior to negotiations. Since the point of a deal would be to pave the way for a peace-keeping force to be placed in southern Labanon, it makes no sense to allow Hezbollah free reign again in the interim. Second, Israel is insisting that Hezbollah disarm, and in fact, no country wants to put troops in there if they will be subject to attacks from Hezbollah. Hezbollah has no intention of disarming, and will only coexist with a force like UNIFIL that gives them freedom to operate. Third, how do you negotiate with an enemy whose objective is to destroy your country and kill your citizens? What is an acceptable middle ground? Kill half your citizens? It's not like Hezbollah or its Iranian masters have made a secret of this. I hate to see innocent Lebanese suffer, but there are consequences to having terrorists operating in your country and being part of your government. This will end only when there are new governments in Syria and Iran, particularly Iran. We are kidding ourselves to think otherwise.