Oliver North

As expected, the so-called mainstream media jumped on the "bash-Israel-now" bandwagon. Photos and videotape of Lebanese killed and wounded dominate the coverage -- rather than explanations about Israel's attempts to break Hezbollah supply lines through Syria. A New York Times headline challenged: "With Israeli Use of Force, Debate Over Proportion." In the same edition, the "Newspaper of Record" included an "Interactive Feature" titled "A Question of Proportion" and invited reader input as to whether the Israeli Defense Forces had gone "too far."

Now, the Euro-elites and many in the U.S. media -- the very ones most critical of American military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq -- are urging that the United States intervene to "force" the Israelis to cease their efforts to eliminate Hamas and Hezbollah as threats. Critics of U.S. policy in Washington, New York and Paris are calling on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to commence a round of "shuttle diplomacy" to "stop the killing."

Absent from all this is any sense of reality. Here are a few perspectives on the current conflict you won't get from the so-called mainstream media:

-- Israel is fighting for survival against a regime that has sworn to wipe the Jewish state "off the map" -- the Islamic Republic of Iran. While racing to build nuclear weapons, the Iranians are supplying money, rockets, missiles, weapons, training and technology to their Hezbollah proxies.

-- Since the 1980s -- when I was dispatched to Beirut, Lebanon, and Tehran, Iran, to seek the release of American hostages held in Lebanon -- the U.S. government has known for certain that Hezbollah is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Iranian Intelligence Service -- VEVAK -- and that the organization has killed hundreds of Americans.

-- There is no way that any U.S. Secretary of State should ever sit down at a table to discuss anything with Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, or Mohammed Deif, the leader of Hamas, who was wounded in an air strike this week. Thus, "shuttle diplomacy" is worthless.

The best way we can help end the current Mid-East conflict isn't to "pressure Israel," but to help break Hezbollah -- an entity that cannot exist without direction and support from Tehran. The key to Hezbollah is Tehran -- and the key to Tehran is -- strangely enough -- Pyongyang.

Tehran was stunned by last week's UN Security Council Resolution condemning North Korea's missile launches. Rather than trying to compel Israel to cease its military action against Hezbollah, we should instead pressure our western "allies" into a similarly strong-worded, enforceable resolution aimed at Tehran. We should start by seizing all Iranian assets currently "frozen" in the United States, distributing the proceeds of their sale to the victims of Iranian terror -- and urging the Europeans to follow suit.


Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.