Whether we like it or not.
I woke up today thinking Barazil beat Luxemburg or some other soccer power with all the fireworks and honking I heard. It turns out it was something much less important.
Hezbollah did something this morning they've been promising to do for years, yet it caught millions of people by surprise.
Israel, expectedly after a huge military and moral blow, retaliated strongly by air and by sea.
Olmert is promising more hell, but I think it's just hot air.
Hezbollah did their thing in the morning and and then sat back and watched . Israel hit roads and nothing else.
Because any further escalation would give Hezbollah the right (per the April 1996 Agreement) to hit back.
Power station for power station. Tourist season for Tourist Season.
Israel knows Hezbollah rockets are in place, ready, aimed and can reach deep into Israel. 15,000 of them. And that's even before the "surprise".
Israel had to retaliate. No way they could let an act of aggression by Hezbollah go "unpunished." So they barked, hit roads, and killed civilians. In the end they will sit down and negotiate.
Hezbollah acted unilaterally and they will get some criticism for it in Lebanon, especially for endangering the precious tourist season. However, regionally they got millions of admirers for being the only group in the world to do something about the rape of Gaza. Sure, Nasrallah insists today was all about Lebanon and Lebanese POWs, but who is he kidding.
It wasn't and there is no shame in that.
At the end of the day Hezbollah proves they are strong, very strong actually, and Israel is not used to dealing with a strong foe.
Reel in the F-16s and start the negotiations, there just is no other option.