Friday, July 28, 2006

Oops: Israel bombing civilians makes Hezbollah look good

Tide of Arab Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah - New York Times:
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.

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.
This isn't surprising. It's what many people thought would be an inevitable consequence of the particular policies that Israel chose to pursue.

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.