Before this damn war, Hizbullah was losing support. It wasn’t draining, but it was ebbing. The political process was stuttering along, but it was moving. Many people here hated Hizbullah… Many people also loved it. The society was split but there was a consensus the problem had to be settled judiciously and politically because no one wanted another civil war.He also has an illuminating thumbnail description of the historical relationship between Hizbullah and Lebanon, if you need a taste of that.
When the first Israeli bombs fell, some Shi’ites even blamed Hizbullah. I met a guy in the southern suburbs last Saturday, just four days after things started. He’s a Shi’ite from Nabatiyeh in the south and hated Hizbullah. He thought they’d screwed up big-time. These days, when I talk to him, he says he hopes Hizbullah rips the Israelis apart. Another friend of mine, one of those upper-crust Christians, told me last night that as much as he hates Hizbullah, he hates the Israelis even more now.
The Lebanese are closing ranks in the face of an external threat, just like people all over the world do ....
23 July 2006
Via an excellent post about the Bush administration's boneheaded foreign policy thinking by Ezra Klein, I learn that Chris Albritton of Back to Iraq describes the counterproductive effects of the Israelis' bombing and shelling of Lebanon.