Hizballah did NOT win this round, and neither did Israel. Gloating would be foolish at this time. This last war was not a zero sum game. Actually it was a very costly game for everyone. Let's not forget that. I would rather this not have happened at all, so I don't see how it can be seen as a victory. Yes you can argue that we didn't start it (i.e. that they had planned to do it anyway). Assuming that, did we succeed in making sure they can not do this again? No. Did we create a deterrance to protect our sovreignty? No. Will we make them pay reparations for our loss of lives and property? No. Did we get the prisoners back? No. Are we safer??? No. The Israeli objective was to paralyze the operational ability of HA. They did not meet it through force, so they can't be considered to have won. HA is still alive, but the fact that Israel didn't win does not mean that we (or HA) won. Again, it's not a zero-sum game.
Looking back, I wonder what are our objective verifiable measures of success were? I think we need to define them before something like this happens again, so we can hold our leaders (and "defendors") accountable. Seriously, what ARE our defense objectives? Not being completely wiped out as a country? Not dying? Repelling an unprovoked attack? Responding with overwhelming force to create a deterrance? Repelling a provoked attack? Provoking an attack and holding our breath for a month? WHAT????
I'm writing this not in the spirit of defeatism, and certainly not of favoring Israelis over any Lebanese. I'm just trying to be rational, sober, inquisitive as I seek accountability... things that are usually absent from Lebanese political discourse.
These are my two cents. Keep the comments constructive and responsible. This is an open intra-Lebanese debate, please keep racist, bigoted, or blatantly pro-Israeli comments out. Also, please refrain from questioning my patriotism for not jumping on the celebration band-wagon.