With very limited internet access, it has been difficult to gather a lot of information on the U.N. resolution, though this Jerusalem Post assessment by Barry Rubin comprehenisvely assesses the resolution and concludes: Who knows?
I have been traveling with the manuscript of Mark Steyn’s new book, though, and the combination of that brilliant piece of analysis and the muddy maybes of the U.N. effort produces deep pessimism. Even with the stark threat from Britain revealed for all to see, there is no apparent ability of many people to grasp that Hezbollah’s tactics and motives are the same as the British plotters. If a cease fire was a successful tactic in achieving the urgently needed clarity on this point, I’d be all for it. But it seems certain to produce the opposite effect.
But if, as seems likely, the world is allowed to pretend that Hezbollah’s terror tactics and uncivilized aims are different from those being chased to ground across England, then the U.N. resolution is a very bad deal indeed.
But it is a long way from resolved, and Israelis as well as the rest of the world have to figure out what the past month has taught them concerning the enemy and their own leadership.
YoniTheBlogger, Dean, and Scott Johnson will no doubt not be alone in their condemnation of the Olmert government’s conduct of the war. By the time I return next Thursday, the Israeli public will have judged the result. My guess is that Israel will be understood by Israelis and the country’s enemies to be at its lowest point since the early days of the 1973 war. That’s as bad a result as could have been imagined a month ago.