Monday, July 31, 2006

Hope this works

Let's hope this works. At the very least, it may temporarily stop the sickening escalation of hostilities that literally threatens to destroy the Middle East.

But look at this:

"Yet [Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns] endorsed Israel's military objectives, saying 'This has not been a good 2 1/2 weeks for Hezbollah from a military point of view, and they've got to be worried about continued Israeli offensive operations.'"

Now look at another Haaretz headline:

"Eight hurt as record number of rockets hits northern Israel"

Consider these facts together. Hezbollah is suffering from "a military point of view," but somehow has managed to fire more rockets than ever before.

This underscores the strategic vacancy of the Israelis' approach. Unless it literally destroys southern Lebanon, the IDF cannot weaken Hezbollah in any substantive way. It spend almost two decades occupying Lebanon and couldn't manage. How exactly is this supposed to work?

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