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    • angie simon
    • 15.08.06 | 15:54 (IDT)

    Yes, Sarid may well be 'right', but did he make his views known during this war? It is all very well to be wise after the event, and I wonder whether his stance would be the same had Israel 'won' this dubious war. For the first time in years, I hesitantly and with some misgivings supported the actions taken in Lebanon because I felt that this was not about disputed territory but about Hezbollah's desire to wipe Israel off the map. The war aims were unrealistic because we know from Vietnam and other 'guerilla' wars that bombing alone does not work. But Israel responded in the way it did because it presumably feared the enormous Israeli losses from a ground offensive. There are so many groups with vested interests that it is difficult to see clearly especially when one is outside Israel. To see the suffering and displacement on both sides was gutwrenching - now that it's 'over', can we stop 'blaming' and engage our energies in an attempt for a dialogic exchange.

    from the article: With such a left, who needs a right?
    First published 00:00 15.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.08.06
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