Oops: Israel bombing civilians makes Hezbollah look good
At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.This isn't surprising. It's what many people thought would be an inevitable consequence of the particular policies that Israel chose to pursue.
Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official statements.
And the ever entertaining Anthony Bourdain describes his time in Beirut as the bombs fell:
We watch the city we'd barely begun to know -- and yet already started to love -- destroyed, seemingly (from where we're sitting) without sense or reason.We all deserve better.