18 July 2006
Some thoughts on Israel's war aims.
Time has an account of the fighting in Lebanon that contains this revealing paragraph:
In the case of Hizballah, especially, the Israelis are going well beyond retribution, taking an opportunity to degrade the organization's capabilities and, perhaps, cripple the group permanently. Said Defense Minister Amir Peretz: "The goal is for this to end with Hizballah so badly beaten that not a man in it does not regret having launched this incident."
Put another way, if Israel does not leave Hizballah thus weakened they will have lost this round. Given that rockets are still blasting into Israeli cities, such an outcome seems far from certain.