And in the real world of Lebanon the simple question has to be asked. Would the Israelis have embarked on such a massive military operation at such enormous cost, just to avenge the wounding of five Israelis by Katyusha rockets, an assault that was itself retaliation for the killing of a Lebanese youth.
I wonder if Mr Fisk is aware that Hizbollah have been firing the rockets at northern Israel for years.
On a trip to Israel last summer, I visited towns in northern Israel and was shocked at the way that the Israeli civilians were used to the danger. I was even witness to a rocket attack, hearing a boom and being told quite calmly that it was a Katyusha.
Israel's bombardment of southern Lebanon is an attempt to show Hizbollah that it will not allow Israeli civilians to be at daily risk.