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No Victory for Hezbollah says Bush!

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posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 08:32 PM
As the Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah claims victory over Israeli forces president Bush has stepped up to say that no victory has been won. As president Bush has outlined in his address " how can you claim victory when you are about to be replaced within your host country by an international peacekeeping force and the Lebanese army" These remarks as an uncertain cease fire continues to hold.
President Bush says Hezbollah militants in Lebanon suffered a defeat in their month-long conflict with Israel. Mr. Bush spoke at the State Department just hours after a fragile cease-fire went into effect. Hezbollah is claiming victory in the war. But President Bush says time will prove the Lebanese-based militants were the losers. "Hezbollah attacked Israel, Hezbollah started the crisis and Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis," said President Bush.

The president says the people of Lebanon will one day realize that Hezbollah put them in jeopardy with little or no concern for their welfare. He says at the same time, Hezbollah sought to destabilize the young, democratically elected Lebanese government.

"Hezbollah of course has got a fantastic propaganda machine and they are claiming victories," noted George W. Bush. "But how can you claim victory when at one time you were a state within a state, safe within southern Lebanon and now you are going to be replaced by the Lebanese army and an international force?"

Mr. Bush spoke at the end a day of meetings with his top defense and foreign policy advisors, first at the Pentagon and then the State Department. He said the conflict in Lebanon is part of a broader struggle between freedom and terror, and stressed the need to break the link between Hezbollah and its backers in Syria and Iran. He said Hezbollah has been emboldened by its state sponsors, and noted that Iran is also helping arm militants in Iraq.

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In the face of a changing country one wonders if the country of Lebanon can over come the pressures of international scrutiny to stop the flow of arms to Hezbollah.

Also the question of whether Sheik Nasrallah fully realizes what he has agreed to in this cease fire deal tends to make me wonder how long this cease fire can hold.

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[edit on 14-8-2006 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 09:04 PM
[e]Bush -"how can you claim victory when you are about to be replaced within your host country by an international peacekeeping force and the Lebanese army"

The big assumption of course is that they actually are replaced. After the war, the lebanese people are going to see that it is hezbollah that has the ability to defend them, not the lebanese army, and certainly not some outside group of foreiners from the UN. Hezbollah will probably have a much larger representation in the lebanese government after the next round of elections.

This was a huge victory for Hezbollah. Lebanon was ravaged, the lebanese as a people and nation have lost, but hezbollah has won. They weren't weakened during the entire course of the war, they launched ever more rockets, and the lebanese know that the israelis were more or less justified in attacking in the first place, at least to the point that they won't beleive that the israelis 'gave up and left' because of 'international pressure', indeed, there really wasn't any international pressure. Hezbollah is going to say that they were able to bloody the nose of the jews enough to send them running home, and the people are probably going to beleive it.

posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 09:52 PM
My theory is that once hezbollah see that they are about to be disarmed they will strike Israel once again in an attempt to turn the peacekeepers and the world opinion against Israel. The hezbollah have more than half of their Rockets left and possiblily are being supplied with more as I type this, This cease fire is nothing more than a reload period for the hezbollah.

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