Who Suffered the Defeat in “The War on Ethics?!”

August 15, 2006 at 8:49 am (Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, United Sates)

Who won the war?!! Both claimed they did!!

Hezbollah, Israel, the United States, …, all gained nothing?!!

Right before the cease-fire, Israel accelerated its offense, to kill what remained green on the land.. Or as claimed, to destroy what it couldn’t in 34 days of Hezbollah. Yet, their message was, from the beginning: “If you want your air conditioning to work and if you want to be able to fly to Paris for shopping, you must pull your head out of the sand and take action toward shutting down Hezbollah-land.” So they gave themselves the right to dump all buildings to trash; or in other words, to destroy all of us, and would have no redlines, which MIGHT lead to disunity of Lebanon and would lead to an end to Hezbollah!  

Result: ALL Lebanon and Arabs united with Hezbollah. 3% of Israelis, only, think the offense achieved its goals!!! Unfortunately, Israel neither learned from history; playing with militias is not a summer trip! The strategy “use more force” if “force doesn’t work,” proved its failure.  

The 4th strongest military and air force over the face of the earth loses its control, and starts attacking on the civilian population centers and infrastructure; 30,000 solders couldn’t stop Hezbollah’s rocket campaign that was increasing everyday. Its smart weapons couldn’t assassinate the “terrorist/resistance leader” Sayed Nassrallah. Its destruction couldn’t turn people against him either. The war ended on the day that Israel incurred its highest losses in all terms… The economical, social, political losses are deriving the frustration in Israel that led to the announcement: “We will trap Hezbollah wherever we find them,” analyze this! Is there going to be an end then?? 

Hezbollah recently announced it has achieved a strategic and historical win. Military-wise, it could be right, since it incurred less causalities and losses than Israel’s, and was able to stand for the whole 34 days against an army that defeated 3 big Arab armies in 4 days, during the last decade!! Politically however, it lost half of its bids, since it might accept conditions it would never accept before, and might get disarmed. Nonetheless, it won an undeniable psychological warfare, for it got the hearts and minds of millions of people from all over the Arab, Islamic, and western worlds; you can find the flags of Hezbollah in virtually everywhere. That might show you how different Hezbollah in people’s eyes than Al-Qaeda, because it’s considered a legitimate resistance movement and a freedom fighter.. 

The United States, though deny it, but it incurred its biggest loss; for it lost the remaining of the world’s population’ hearts.. Hatred to the American Administration is never like before; from what I see, I can tell that less than 5% favor it now. After the war on Iraq, still, many Arabs fell in love with Bush because of his fight for freedom, especially after the fall of Saddam. After the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, however, America is looked upon as the devil everywhere in the Islamic World for its full support to the Israeli aggression. I posted a “Must-Read” article called “US and Security” https://monline.wordpress.com/must-read/us-security/, and i wish all Americans read it to have an idea what’s this hatred all about.. The hatred is not against Americans, but against the government and its policies!

Finally, the biggest loser in the war was both Israeli’ and Lebanese’ population for over 1300 civilians where killed, over 17,000 housing units were distroyed, other than the infrastructure that all been dumped.. I got this quote from Wikipedia.com: 

Israeli strikes on Lebanon’s civilian population and infrastructure include Beirut airport, residential buildings, ambulances, fleeing civilians, ports, a lighthouse, grain silos, bridges, roads, factories, medical and relief trucks, mobile telephone and television stations, fuel containers and service stations, and the country’s largest dairy farm Liban Lait[72][73][74][75][76][77].

Hezbollah has fired rockets, sometimes at a rate of more than 150 per day, exclusively at civilian targets throughout the conflict, landing in all major cities of northern Israel including Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberias, Nahariya, Safed, Afula, Qiryat Shemona, Karmiel, and Maalot, and dozens of kibbutzim, moshavim, and Druze and Arab villages[79][80][81].

Human Rights Watch has issued many reports documenting indiscriminate use of force against civilians by both Israel and Hezbollah. After investigating over 20 attacks that killed more than 150 civilians in Lebanon, they blamed Israel for systematically failing to distinguish between combatants and civilians, which may constitute a war crime. They also accused Hezbollah of committing war crimes for the deliberate and indiscriminate killing of civilians by firing rockets which cannot be aimed at military targets into populated areas, which killed over 30 civilians in northern Israel. The organization has also strongly criticized Israel for using cluster bombs too close to civilians because of their inaccuracy and unreliability, and Hezbollah for filling its rockets with ball bearings, which suggests a desire to maximize harm to civilians.[86][87][88]
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Israel-Lebanon_conflict#Targeting_of_civilian_areas

This unethical war has led to, according to wikipedia.com:

Date:

12 July 2006 — present
(ceasefire started 05:00 UTC,
14 August 2006)
Location: Lebanon and northern Israel
Result: Ongoing. Ceasefire reached by UN Security Council Resolution 1701
Casus belli: Hezbollah cross-border raid and shelling resulting in death of three and capture of two IDF soldiers

Combatants

Hezbollah
Israel Lebanon
Commanders
Hassan Nasrallah (Secretary General / Spiritual Leader) Dan Halutz (CoS)
Moshe Kaplinsky
[1]
Udi Adam
(Regional)
Michel Sulaiman (CoS)
Casualties
Hezbollah militia:
Killed: 65 confirmed by Hezbollah[2] / 180 identified out of 530 estimated by IDF[3]
21 captured
(Israeli government and Hezbollah reports)
Amal militia:
8 killed[4]
PFLP-GC militia:
1 killed[5]
Civilians:
43 killed[6][7]
about 1,350 injured (of which about 1,200 lightly injured or treated for shock) [8]
500,000 displaced [9]
Soldiers:
118 killed[6][7]
402 wounded
2 captured
Civilians:
692-1009 killed [10] [11] [12] [13]
3,600 injured [14][15][16][17](Lebanese government reports)
One million displaced [18][19]
Soldiers:
36 killed[20],
100 wounded
350-400 captured, but released[21][22]
For other casualties see Casualties of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict

 Source: Wikipedia.com

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