Tom Hayden repents, Part II
A couple of readers asked what I meant below by saying Israel is 'overreacting.' I'd respond by citing David Ignatius
and Tom Friedman
(sub. req.). I particularly liked this from Friedman:
Despite Hezbollah's bravado, Israel has hurt it and its supporters badly, in a way they will never forget. Point made. It is now time to wind down this war and pull together a deal. ... Whoever goes for a knockout blow will knock themselves out instead.
The problem is that Israel's stated goal of eliminating Hezbollah is overambitious and unrealistic. Nothing against pummelling and throttling a terrorist organization. But acting upon an unrealistic goal is a form of overreaction. ... I'd add the initial air war strategy to eliminate Hezbollah was especially overly optimistic. What is it with air-force generals who still think they can do it all?Update
-- An outstanding post
by Michael Totten on poor Lebanon. Israel deserves the criticism for its overreacton. But Hezbollah, Syria and Iran truly deserve harsher damnation for what they've done. ... The photo of Christians going after a Hezbollah sympathizer's car says so much about tensions in Lebanon. Via Instapundit.