After a month long pummeling of its democratic neighbor to the north, a tentative cease fire marks a break in the violence. Both sides and their proxies claim victory.
Israel unleashed their revenge inspired war machine to destroy Hezbollah’s 3,000 to 5,000 guerillas and get back two captured soldiers. Their aims changed as the conflict progressed. By the end, Israel’s goal shifted to a non Hezbollah military presence in Southern Lebanon.
With their original aims unfulfilled, what really was accomplished? It appears nearly 1,000 deaths, about a million people driven from their homes, and billions in destruction. Does that sound familiar to anyone living on the Gulf Coast? Yes, it has that Hurricane Katrina ring.
If Israel won by unleashing the destructive forces of military power, then Mother Nature kicked ass with her hurricane whipped wind, waves and storm surge. The sad part about the Lebanese destruction is it was purely man made.