How is it that Hizballah can claim victory after the cease-fire came into effect yesterday? How many times did Hassan Nasrallah warn that his group would attack Tel Aviv if
As I’ve pointed out in earlier blog posts, the Olmert government did not fight this war as it should have been fought. It brought about – needlessly – the perception of weakness on the part of
Even now, the Lebanese government is working out a way with Hizballah to allow the group to retain its weapons even as it will be required to remain north of the
If Hizballah remains armed at the end of all this, the seeds of another war will be sown and some months down the line the UN will be debating another Security Council resolution for yet another cease-fire instead of ensuring that previous Security Council resolutions are followed through on. And if
Saying that “
So who really benefited from all this death and destruction? Only the Islamic terrorist groups and their supporters of the world, who have seen that mediocrity is what
Whether Hizballah struck
And what about
The rockets didn’t stop coming in. The kidnapped Israeli soldiers weren’t rescued. Soldiers were killed by rockets before they had a chance to fight. Hundreds of thousands fled or needed to sleep in the shelters in northern Israel that nearly six decades of unasked-for warfare have made necessary. Israel is now considering a prisoner swap – and if Israel is considering a prisoner swap after a cease-fire, after rejecting the idea of a prisoner swap in mid-July and choosing to go to war instead...what does this mean?
Then again, when all its mandate consisted of was watching, this isn’t exactly surprising. Anyway, a weak Lebanese Army on the border along with an ineffectual, weak, obstructive UNIFIL is not exactly a huge comfort.
In other circumstances, it would be a toss-up, really, as to who can be considered the true winner from this war when so many people on both sides lost.
Probably not. But maybe.
As stated before, if UNSCR 1559 is not carried out, and Hizballah retains its arms and its position in the Lebanese government, then
If, though, in the future you combine a 1967-type situation with a 1973-style Arab/Muslim surprise attack, what will happen? If
If such a war breaks out…will
We may yet still have an opportunity to see that question answered.
In the meantime, if this is to be considered an Israeli victory, then let it be considered a Pyrrhic one. Let us too consider this kind of victory to be a “successful failure”, just like the Apollo 13 mission in 1970 – the astronauts got to the Moon, but were not able to land upon it.
At least they got home alive.
Should hostilities escalate again, may