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23 July 2006

The gains of war

The Levant continues to erupt in flames and the discussion has narrowed on the humanitarian tragedy that has accompanied Israel’s attacks on Lebanon, as well as the idea that Israel is resorting to disproportionate violence to achieve its aims. Here is one great quote on the occasion from an op-ed that Fouad Ajami wrote for the Wall Street Journal; Ajami writes of Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader: “There was something to Nasrallah’s conduct that recalled the performance of Gamal Abdel Nasser in the Six Day War of 1967. That leader, it should be recalled, closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, asked for the evacuation of U.N. forces from the Sinai Peninsula -- clear acts of war -- but never expected the onset of war. He had only wanted the gains of war.”

References:
Fouad Ajami, “Hostage to Hezbollah,” Wall Street Journal, 21 July 2006

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