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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Arab media mocks Hezbullah 'victory'

Here in Israel we've been crying all day long, but Thursday's Arab media have been mocking Hezbullah's claims of victory.
"The Radwan deal," the headline of Ashark Alawsat on Thursday cynically ran, "cost Hizbullah over $7 billion, more than 1,200 dead and 4,500 wounded Lebanese citizens."

The paper referred to the exchange by the name given to it by the guerilla group. Radwan was the nom de guerre of Imad Mughniyeh, Hizbullah's terror mastermind who was killed several months ago. While Hizbullah blamed Israel for the assassination, Israel maintains it was not involved.

The Saudi paper Al Wattan pointed out that Hizbullah has yet to disarm and that UN Resolution 1701, which ended the war, has not been implemented.

In Lebanon, Al Anwar carried an editorial piece which said it was "shameful to see members of the government in Beirut join the celebrations of Hizbullah."
Obviously, all of the above are correct. But Hezbullah doesn't care what happened to Lebanon, and it has no interest in disarming or implementing any other parts of 1701 (I wonder what parts al-Wattan had in mind). And therefore, the fact that government representatives took part in Hezbullah's celebrations is a victory for Hezbullah - and a loss for Lebanon.

It would have been nice if Ashark (which is a pan-Arabic daily published in London) would have pointed out that the 'Palestinians' have also paid a heavy price to put themselves in the position to extort the release of their murderers by Israel, but that would be asking too much.


At 3:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Arab mindset is very different from that of Israelis and Westerners. What is abhorrent to us is a source of strength to them. As they themselves put it: you are in love with life and we are in love with death and there are many of us determined to die to kill you and you will lose hope of resisting and be overwhelmed. They're not deterred by rational calculations of loss and defeat. The psychology is one of what Arthur Schopenhauer called the Idea Of Will. And with a strong will, they think they will outlast the Jews and the West. So how you do counter an ideology that glorifies death and destruction for the sake of victory?


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