28 August 2006

We deserve the leaders we choose

I have a longstanding interest in all things military, and so I try to keep abreast of the geopolitical milieu in which generals have to operate. As a college student, I also learned to have a healthy skepticism toward anyone who claimed to be an “expert.” Of late, I have added skepticism toward the MSM gatekeepers who declare who the experts are, either by naming them or by giving them face time or column inches.

Therefore, while I thoroughly enjoyed and even rooted for the conclusions of Amir Tereri in last week’s WSJ, I feared he - and therefore the WSJ - might be putting too hopeful a spin on what remains a potentially disastrous situation.

Then, last night, Hasran Nasrallah, the thug who heads up Hezbollah, appeared on Lebanese TV, though apparently not on Hezbollah’s in house tv station, which I think is still of the air. (Unfortunately, I missed Nasrallah’s appearance as it conflicted with the Emmys. But the timing may have been intentional; he may have wanted to bury this in a pop culture dominated news cycle.)

Today’s Jerusalem Post carries an article about the interview. Some paragraphs:

Regarding the killing of three soldiers and the capture of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on July 12, which sparked the 34-day war, Nasrallah said, "We did not think, even one percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me, if I had known on July 11... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not."

Nasrallah, during the interview with the Lebanese news station NTV, also said he did not believe there would be a second bout of fighting with Israel. "The current Israeli situation, and the available givens tell us that we are not heading to another round," he said.

His comments, according to one senior diplomatic official in Jerusalem, showed that Israel had regained its deterrence. "If he said that had he known what the consequences would have been, he wouldn't have kidnapped the soldiers, this indicates Israel has dissuaded him from doing it again," he said.

He attributed Nasrallah's comments, which at times sounded apologetic, to the internal debate taking place inside Lebanon and the harsh criticism of his actions by the non-Shi'ite population.

"He needs to explain why he did what he did," the official said. "And his message is that he did not intend these consequences, and that had he known what the consequences would be, he would not have done what he did."

So now the mighty Nasrallah reveals himself for what he is: a petulant 12 year old who threw a tantrum and, facing a trip to the political woodshed, wants to set it all aside with a “my bad.”

UPDATE: The Washington Times is not as enthusiastic.

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