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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 01.08.06 | 19:02 (IDT)

    "The wishful thinking of dismantling Hizballah may have made it unimportant to use Israeli cities as rocket absorbers." - Ben Gurion Listening to the statements at the beginning of the war was a lot like listening to Bushiz spin before the conquest of Iraq. There would be a few days of Shock and Awe as Israeli might pummeled Lebanon; Air Power would crush Hizbollah; Lebanon would turn on Hizbollah (with what, never stated) and Hizbollah would vanish. No need to worry about rockets falling as they would end after the Shock and Awe had ended Hizbollah. Everyone please now forget all statements made over a few days ago. Objectives are shifting, and will shift until it becomes necessary to declare victory. ?And everybody praised the Duke Who this great fight did win.? ?But what good came of it at last?? Quoth little Peterkin. ?Why, that I cannot tell,? said he; ?But ?twas a famous victory.? - Robert Southey, The Battle of Blenheim"

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Giving the war an image of victory, not a draw
    First published 00:00 01.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 01.08.06
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