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Bush said Hezbollah lost, though Israel didn't knock out the guerrillas.
Israel's prime minister and Bush said the offensive eliminated the "state within a state" run by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, however, declared that his guerrillas achieved a "strategic, historic victory" over Israel.
"Hezbollah, of course, has got a fantastic propaganda machine, and they're claiming victories," Bush said. "But how can you claim victory when, at one time, you were a state within a state, safe within southern Lebanon, and now you're going to be replaced by a Lebanese army and an international force?"
Originally posted by thematrix
Looking how the Israeli military utterly decimating the economy, infrastructure and in some cases, flattening of big part of entire cities, there will be plenty of people who have no more work, place to go and place to live and plenty of people who now have an axe to grind with Israel.
Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
This statement is almost as stupid as, "Mission Accomplished." *in a pilot suit nonetheless*
Originally posted by Number23
The only way Hezzbollah can fight is to hide behind women and children and lob rockets at civilians in Israel. They practice none of the restraint Israel does.
Originally posted by ludaChris
When has Israel flattened big parts of entire cities? They have bombed buildings where
they believe the enemy to be. Youve made it sound as if they carpet bombed Bierut or something. While it is true that those who have no more home or place to work, its just as much Hizballah's fault as it is Israels fault. What can you say in this situation except violence begets violence, which is very true in this case.