Were Hezbollah Guerillas Defeated? Who Started the Conflict? – War Between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon

Were Hezbollah Guerillas Defeated?  Who Started the Conflict? – War Between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon

President Bush says that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have defeated Hezbollah guerillas. Many pundits have been saying that much of the Arab world views this as a victory for Hezbollah. They claim the small rebel force was able to stand-up to the strongest army in the Middle East.

The President said “Hezbollah attacked Israel. Hezbollah started the crisis, and Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis.” He said this at the State Department after a day of meetings with his top defense, diplomatic and national security advisers.

The President didn’t stop there according to Deb Riechmann of the Associated Press. President Bush portrayed the war as part of a broader struggle between freedom and terrorism. He said one can only imagine how much more dangerous such a conflict would be if Iran possessed nuclear weapons. Comment on this Article on our Forum

With regard to the claims of victory by those in the Arab world, the President said "Hezbollah, of course, has got a fantastic propaganda machine, and they're claiming victories. But how can you claim victory when, at one time, you were a state within a state, safe within southern Lebanon, and now you're going to be replaced by a Lebanese army and an international force?"

He went on to say "We certainly hope the cease-fire holds because it is step one of making sure that Lebanon's democracy is strengthened.” Other news reports have indicated that Hezbollah has become even more popular among the Lebanese because of their humanitarian efforts during the crisis.

There has also been questions raised concerning who started the war. The Associated Press originally said that “The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them.”

This makes it appear that Israeli forces crossed the border into Lebanon and not the other way around. The Centre for Research on Globalization said “Events since escalated into a mass conflagration when Hezbollah resistance fighters captured (again, not "kidnapped") two IDF soldiers who apparently illegally crossed the UN-monitored "blue line" into Lebanon as they've routinely done almost daily after withdrawing from the country in May, 2000.”

So apparently we have conflicting statements from both sides as to “who started it” and “who won”. Currently there is a cease fire and the UN is planning on sending in peace-keepers.

By Dan Wilson

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