Lebanon / Who's More Stressed, Him or Us?

Allah, who is not merciful, does us a great favor by occasionally providing us with figures of complete wickedness; what we would do without them? How could we unite as one against those who hate us, and how could we repulse our vilifiers?

Together and singly - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Khaled Meshal, and Saturday it was Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah who for the umpteenth time succeeded in creating a united front here. It is a front that not even death can break. Just the opposite - it acts as recruiter. We're lucky that our enemies are so low that they allow us, through the force of the macabre, to find the lowest common denominator.

Nasrallah, it would appear, has the gift of exact timing: His terrible speech was made on Saturday because on Sunday, as he knows, the Israeli cabinet holds its weekly meeting. With his words still fresh and sharp, evoking nausea, the ministers of Israel will approach the microphones, eager to hear and be heard, and rare will be the one to miss the opportunity to propose his own assassination plan.

Analysts declare that "Nasrallah is stressed," the pressure is killing him. But the mass of reactions yesterday, both before and after the cabinet meeting, cannot hide the pressure here. The ministers can't restrain themselves, they have to release the pressure in the lobby, on the staircase to the cabinet room.

After destroying Nasrallah a year and a half ago, in the war, and after promising that he would never again see the light of day and would rot like a rat in its burrow, they now return to exterminate him like a cockroach. And this time it's final, it's absolute, and each minister recommends his own proposal for sudden death.

As far as Nasrallah himself is concerned, he couldn't have hoped for a more appropriate, drumbeating Zionist reaction. He earned his daily bread: Nasrallah roared and everyone responded. As usual, he can depend on Israel's ministers.

In the same breath, of course, they said that "we must not play into his hands," that "we must not cooperate with him," that "we must not give him what he wants." So much for that. After such a ringing success, Nasrallah is already drafting his next speech, several times more terrible.

If only cabinet ministers were normal people, who turn away from horrible sights; if only they had remained silent. Only then would Nasrallah be persuaded, for a change, that he is dealing with serious, well-considered people. He would die of fright.