One 'wins' when one achieves it's goals in a war. One 'loses' when the other side achieves it's goals. In both cases the purpose of the war was to destroy the enemy. In both cases the enemy survived and even prospered as a result of the war. When one side is able to bring to bear the overwhelming amount of firepower and fails totally to achieve it's goals it has lost. In each case Israel lost the Second Lebanon War and Cast Lead. in each case it was the choice of Israel. in BOTH cases the government was waging a war of choice. A war for internal political purposes and not a war for strategic gain. In EACH case the government chose to avoid casualties by refusing to pursue the destruction of the enemy. In BOTH cases the government chose to punish the civilians of Lebanon and Gaza instead of closing with and destroying the enemy. In BOTH cases pictures of immense destruction were to convey to Israelis the idea that victory had been achieved because civilians had been punished. Only those with no sense of reality fell for it. Hamas and Hisbollah are more powerful today than they were at the beginning of operations against them. That is why rational people comprehend that both Hisbollah and Hamas 'won' and Israel, which failed to achieve it's goals, 'lost.' In neither case did Olmert dare to take the casualties necessary to achieve the destruction of the enemy. In both cases the enemy was hardly harmed and was strengthened in it's strategic position. The Second Lebanon War failed to establish deterrence and Cast Lead failed to win the election for Kadima. Not only did they both fail to achieve external strategic goals, they failed to even achieve the political goals which were the motive for pursuing them.
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