UN Israeli-Lebahezbollanon ceasefire is a win for terrorism
|AllahPundit over at Hot Air has a great piece about how he feels the ceasefire is a win for Hezbollah simply because they survived and a loss for Israel because they couldn't kill every last man in Hezbollah. He goes on to speculate that Lebanon being the timid democracy that it is, could follow in the footsteps of Palestine and elect Hezbollah as Palestine elected Hamas. Lebanon could therefore stop being controlled by terrorist state Syria and just fully controlled by Hezbollah.|
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This is just a reminder that though we've made significant inroads in the Middle East through Iraq and Afghanistan, we've still got work to do, and it's not just because of wackypants Ahmadinejad. And it makes Iraq all that more important. If we want to continue to use democracy as the carrot we dangle in front of oppressed muslim peoples, we need a solid, successful democracy to use as a base. Iraq can be that, and every insurgent that dies and every election they hold is a step in the right direction. That of course means "staying the course" as the president likes to put it. It means no time table for withdrawal (like you can really wage a war, especially one like this on a strict schedule... Tuesday: kill all insurgents. Wednesday: draft framework of new representative government. Thurday: elect new government officials. Friday: election results. Saturday: everything is hunky-dorey. That's John Kerry's wet dream), so it's quite possible we'll have some number of troops there for years to come. Will it always be 130,000 or whatever we have there now? Of course not. You'll notice we have troops stationed over in South Korea, have since the Korean War. Iraq may turn out to require years of presence like that.
So buck up. The world's not as dismal as it may seem and use Michelle's latest Vent as an inspiration. With people like that around, we've got a damn good chance at changing the course of history in the world.
UPDATE @ 6:30pm: It's also a win for Hezbollah because they refuse to be disarmed... oh and they're totally the "it" thing in Beruit now, after beating the eeeevil Zionist bastards. What a crock... The following article labels disarming Hezbollah as an "obstacle" to which I respond, "No shit."
So basically things go back to the way they were before the war, except that Hezbollah 10 times more popular now and gains international credibility now that the UN has negotiated with them, putting a terrorist organization at an equivalent level with Israel, or any other nation for that matter.