Sunday, August 13, 2006

Haaretz's Gideon Levy, who saw the war for hegemony as a mistake from the beginning

To failure's credit - Haaretz - Israel News: "The bad (and predictable) news: Israel is going to come out of this war with the lower hand. The good (and surprising) news: This ringing failure could spell good tidings. If Israel had won the battles in an easy, sweeping victory of the kind Israelis prayed so much for, it would have caused enormous damage to Israel's security policies. Another slam-bam win would have brought disaster upon us. Drugged with power, drunk with victory, we would have been tempted to implement our success in other arenas. Dangerous fire would have threatened the entire region and nobody knows what might have resulted. "

Will Olmert be the first political victim of the war for hegemony? The calls for his head will grow. Here is Moshe Arens, the former Defense Minister and a Likudnik.

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