President Bush claims the Israeli military defeated Hezbollah’s guerillas in its month long offensive on the democratic state of Lebanon. The President likes data, so what military measures clearly indicate a landside victory by the instigators?
What did Mr. Bush see in lost lives, number of refugees and damage to infrastructure that lead him to believe Hezbollah suffered a resounding defeat? How many of the 3,000 to 5,000 guerillas did Israel take out? Was Israel able to capture the Hezbollah leader?
Actually the comparisons feel more like Afghanistan and the United States action in the war on terror. Osama bin Laden remains free, his al-Qaeda network reformed and re-invigorated from the West’s dalliances into the Middle East.
The people doing the suffering will decide who is responsible, despite the President’s assertions. As they pick up the remnants of their lives will they find any bomb fragments that say “Made in the U.S.A.”?