Sunday, August 13, 2006

Nobody's victory, but in the end Israel could not defeat Hizbollah

The Observer | World | Nobody's victory, but in the end Israel could not defeat Hizbollah: "So who has won? Not Israel. Certainly not Lebanon or its fragile democracy, the development of both of which will have been pushed back half a decade and more. But what about Hizbollah? What can be said is that, on its own terms, it has not lost. Not yet. It has resisted Israel and thus far at least has survived, which was all it had to achieve. If it continues to survive until an international force is deployed - which seems likely - then the issue of its disarmament will have disappeared again into some vague future. In psychological terms, it can claim that its few fighters have inflicted disproportionate damage on the Israelis for a second time, and put the issue of the Shebaa farms on the negotiating table.

But the real test for Hizbollah will be applied not by the international community but by Lebanon itself, which must decide if the price it paid for Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to claim bragging rights was far, far too high.

August 13, 2006 01:57 AM

As long as Hezbollah shoots rockets into Israel,the IDF will continue to attack Lebanon...The Israeli politicians would commit political suicide if they ordered a cease fire or withdrawal while the rockets red glare continues...

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