Thursday, July 27, 2006

Neither Israel Nor Hezbollah

Good Morning. Several new items today.

The American mentality of you're-either-with-us-or-you're-with-the-terrorists rears again, and wants you to choose sides in the Lebanon war. But it's a false choice. The only just one, as Pierre argues, is Neither Israel Nor Hezbollah.

24 hours before their worst day yet, Israeli soldiers were pictured brandishing captured Lebanese and Hezbollah flags on their return from Lebanon. The picture speaks of the gang-rape of Lebanon by an essentially Israeli-Hezbollah alliance of destruction.

The Accidental War: "This is madness, and it should end. It is madness because the likelihood of Israel achieving the war aims it has set for itself is negligible. However much punishment Mr Olmert inflicts on Hizbullah, he cannot force it to submit in a way that its leaders and followers will perceive as a humiliation. Israel’s first invasion of Lebanon turned into its Vietnam. It is plainly unwilling to occupy the place again. But airpower alone will never destroy every last rocket and prevent Hizbullah’s fighters from continuing to send them off. No other outside force looks capable of doing the job on Israel’s behalf. At present, the only way to disarm Hizbullah is therefore in the context of an agreement Hizbullah itself can be made to accept." See The Economist's lead editorial in full...

Rim Jobs: Candide's Recommendations include commentary and links on the latest in Lebanon, where Israel suffered its heaviest losses yet; on war bloggers; and on Washington State joining the regressive movement against gay marriage.

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