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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In any case, whatever the legality or morality of the specific policies of the Israeli state, the effect it seems to have had is amazingly short-sighted if regional peace is the goal. You don't win peace by inflicting many billions of dollars of damage on your poorer neighbours and displacing hundreds of thousands of them. The Palestinian territories are a good example of that strategy failing.


The effect seems short sighted, I agree. I think that's an unfortunate side effect of only being able to fight half a war. I know you'll disagree, but I believe that a far more decisive victory could have been achieved, had Olmert, the 'International Community', and the government of Lebanon interfered with persecution of the war at various times. And the cost in civilian life and infrastructure probably wouldn't have been much more than it was...

In addition, I think the Israelis should have attempted to provide some form of relief efforts paralell to their military ones. Even if they only provided funds directly to the Lebanese government for rebuilding, it would have assisted in undercutting the 'social work' that Hizbullah relies on to bolster its image.

I also fear that the 'speedy' resolution to the conflict may have merely resulted in a period of rest for Hizbullah, and that some time in the next 10 years, we'll get an unnecesarry replay of this war.

That said, there is some hope in 'UNIFIL 2' - they seem to have a better grasp of what needs to be done this time around. They have robust rules of engagement, they're making statements acknowledging the 'peace-making' nature of the mission, and they're comprised of nations whose armed forces we can trust, I think. I guess we'll see what happens.
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