I don’t have time to properly do this. I’d like to give supporting quotes from major players, but I just have to say what seems not to be said very much: Israel has a stupid strategy, and they need to just stop it.
Israel’s avowed strategy is to make the government of Lebanon as a whole disarm the Hezbollah who attacked and kidnapped a single soldier. Never mind that this government only came to power when the pro-Syrian government was embarrassed out of office. Never mind that the peace process had been unable to disarm Hezbollah, never mind that the government itself is outgunned by Hezbollah. Rather than attack Hezbollah in a full force, Israel would rather play dueling barrages and then bomb unrelated parts of Lebanon in an attempt to “pressure” the rest of Lebanon to do something about Hezbollah.
Sure, at the same time they bleat about Syria and Iran ending their support, but they aren’t bombing Syria or Iran. They’re bombing Lebanon, and not just Hezbollah possessions. They’re basically undoing the good that has been done since Lebanon finally achieved real independence following the assasination of Rafik Hariri.
Yes, Israel, you’ll be a lot more secure if you make Lebanon more like it was in 1986 than it was in 2006. Brilliant. You’re actually managing to make Bush look smart by comparison.