The Iranians and Hezbollah are, unsuprisingly, decalring themselves the winners in the South Lebanon spat. If that be true it would only be because the world community and the UN has colluded in an injustice against a sovereign democratic state - Israel. Already it seems that Hezbollah are 'choking' on the requirement to disarm and withdraw from South Lebanon. Remember, Hezbollah is NOT the army of the democratically elected government of Lebanon it is a private militia subject to the will of a foreign rogue nation, Iran. Do you see why the whole concept of the current ceasefire arrangements (which treat both parties as equals) ought to be alien to the understanding of a free democratic peoples?
Hezbollah should be told to disarm or else...be disarmed by a coalition force: preferably one led by France. It is about time they did something useful other than throw their diplomatic weight about. But it is noticeable how France and the other 'hot air' countries are suddenly oddly reluctant to put their troops where their vociferous big mouths are.
Also we keep hearing the mainstream media issuing reports that the 'Bush Doctrine' (for re-shaping the Middle East by democratizing it) is 'dead'. Norman Podhertz here comments on the alleged 'death. I agree with him. I don't think the Bush Doctrine is anymore dead than any other potential doctrine that continues to be a prospective solution. Whether it is or not, it led Libya to give up its WMD, took the most powerful pan-Arab rogue WMD-seeking leader (Saddam) and power (Iraq) out of the ball game and removed the Taleban fron power in Afghanistan, put pressure on Pakistan to reform...do I really need to go on? If this is failure then let's have more of it.
As regards who is the winner in this Lebanese spat, we may be sure however that in a world where appeasement and short-term gains (ceasefires) are considered 'solutions' that it will not be justice.