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Bloviating Zeppelin: Winning, Losing and One-Upsmanship

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Winning, Losing and One-Upsmanship

People are apparently attempting to quantify the Israeli-Lebanese-Hezbollah conflict in terms of winning and losing. And if push comes to shove, in those terms, I would offer:

Israel has "lost." Hezbollah has "won." And President Bush is, unfortunately, incorrect when he states that Israel "won."

Israel has won nothing but a guarantee for future conflict and more dead Israelis.

Allow me to place the cards directly on the table, face-up:

The Israelis were (and will be once again) fighting Iran by proxy, nothing less -- with Syria thrown in for good measure. It is a given that roughly a quarter of Hezbollah troops were eliminated. But that has in no uncertain terms guaranteed any lessening of Iran's goal of the complete eradication of Israel -- even though Admadinnerjacket appears to be on Mike Wallace's "New Best Friend" list. After all, "it's all our fault."

The Syrian army is massing at the border.

And the passion is boiling in Israel, some saying that the Ehud Olmert government must go. Aaron Klein, WND's Jerusalem post, wrote:

Officials say the IAF was still restrained from targeting key positions close to the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley from which intelligence officials say Hezbollah received regular shipments of rockets and other heavy weaponry originating in Iran and transported via Syria. Israel bombed roads in the area a few kilometers from Syria, but many weapons smuggling routes at the border remained intact.

While Syria placed its military on high alert, Olmert told reporters several times Israel had no intention of bringing Damascus into the war.

Klein writes a chilling paragraph:

And terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza are foaming at the mouth. Today, Abu Aziz, second-in-command of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, told WorldNetDaily that Hezbollah's victory leads him to believe the end of Israel is in sight. He said he realizes now is the time to "attack Israel from all directions."

Carolyn Glick, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post said she believes the Israeli government is finding itself unable to understand the true extent of the threat. She wrote:

The resolution represents a near-total victory for Hizbullah and its state sponsors Iran and Syria, and an unprecedented defeat for Israel and its ally the United States. This fact is evident both in the text of the resolution and in the very fact that the US decided to sponsor a cease-fire resolution before Israel had dismantled or seriously degraded Hizbullah's military capabilities.

There aren't the 62 necessary votes available in the Knesset to force a "no confidence" vote in the Israeli government, though protests are sparking all over the country, with people frustrated over the "holding back" of the Israeli IDF. Many believe the Olmert government is incapable of defending its citizens.

In the meantime, Hezbollah is certainly abiding by the ceasefire -- by hurling rockets. Even today AP News writes: "Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 10 Katusha rockets that landed in southern Lebanon early Tuesday" at the IDF. The ceasefire is clearly phony.


Hezbollah's Nasrallah, a Shiite, has the current upper hand in terms of propaganda and "face." OBL, a Sunni, had his plan to detonate aircraft over the Atlantic shattered, but experts agree that isn't the "big one." Bin Laden is planning a larger strike yet, possibly involving nuclear weapons, some believe.

This entire plot revolves around Iran's Ahmadinnerjacket simply trying to Teflon himself out of world focus on his nuclear program. And how wonderfully it has seemed to work.

Everyone knows how to hurl the propaganda -- except Israel and the United States.

Oh, and a few bombs and missles thrown back wouldn't hurt either.



And oh -- what about the candidates willing to fight come our 2008 elections? Do they even exist?


Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Well, it looks like Iran's Foreign Legion got itself a nice multi-week training session and found out this terrorist to combat business isn't as easy as it sounds. Israel, meanwhile, had its Defense Minister shorting Israeli stocks just before major operations started and the only political wobbliness was on the part of their Prime Minister as the Nation was united like at no other time in the past 20 years. We can expect the Defense Minister to step down and a vote of no confidence when the Knesset next goes into session. I doubt that the 'cease fire' will last that long, however, as the Lebanese government will not be disarming Hezbollah, just asking them to keep their weapons 'out of sight, out of mind'... and without that the French will not deploy... and so the Iraeli's will withdraw and just need to fight their way back in again...

I hope they leave the parting gift of unopened 'instacrypts' so that the Hezbollah get to see the result of a static defense. Better to die out in the open cleanly from a bullet, mortar, bomb, or similar, rather than be buried alive.

In the meantime, I suggest we press the UN to actually pay for damages from BOTH sides, as they failed in their duties to monitor things properly.

This is a win for Transnationalists of the Terrorist and Progressivist stripes and a loss for those supporting the Sovereignty of Nations. And just a slight delay until the real hard work starts up again....

And, no, I see no real genius on the part of the President or the Secretary of State on this. While Hezbollah cannot be killed in Lebanon... they can be forced to retreat to Syria and thus, finally, open this can of worms fully. Maybe we can send Israel a couple of the old CBU-97's that did so well against Iraqi Armor. I am sure the Syrians would love to be the second combat deployment target for it.

Otherwise, to report on such events, I hope we can find Clark Kent and Peter Parker to send over to *properly* cover this... I trust their ethics more than the current jouranalists there.

Tue Aug 15, 05:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Excellent BZ, and your definitely right. All this has done is move up the time table to the pending major conflict on the horizon.

Tue Aug 15, 05:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

08 15 06

You are right,sadly. I don't see this conflict ever ending. I only see occasional breaks in the violence. The only way to get rid of Hezbollah is to eradicate those who have ANY affilation with it. That means levelling many places and going on searches for folks that aren't so easy to find. I am scared.

Tue Aug 15, 11:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Folks, this is one big continuous conflict and it's all INTERLINKED and we ignore this fact to our detriment.

We also ignore the fact that it is a PROPAGANDA WAR to our and other Western Nations' detriment.

Next post: fakery and trickery in the Art of Propaganda -- and we lose, with the Islamists winning.


Wed Aug 16, 07:59:00 AM PDT  

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