Most of the news networks are reporting that both Israel and Hezbollah claim that this tenuous cease fire is a Victory. Good. Victory means that the fighting can stop, right? Both sides win. Both sides stop fighting. Things cool off. Negotiations take place. Diplomacy begins. This is the way hot conflict between very well armed opponents happens. Otherwise, everybody dies.
The cease fire is a good thing. Except that somebody we all know apparently doesn't want it to last. Allow me to explain:
Quite some time ago when I was an inexperienced parent, two of my nephews began to fight over---something. I have no idea today what it was. It was important to them at the time. I was the adult on the scene, and in my wisdom I told them to "work it out", so as to not bother me with their problems. Oops. It took about three minutes for their conflict to escalate to thuds, screams and blood.
I never made that mistake again. After I separated them I dictated the terms of their cease fire and stayed on the scene to make sure things cooled off. Even as inexperienced as I was, I knew better than to tell one that he was the winner and that the other was the loser. That would have guaranteed a replay of the thuds, screams and blood. Such a statement would have been total dumbassery.
That is, unless I wanted them to go at it again while pretending that I didn't.
Bush is clearly attempting to goad Hezbollah into breaking this cease fire
before it has a chance to cool things off. He really does want wider war in the middle east, and is doing what he can to make it happen. This is not his fight but he is injecting himself into it in an attempt to escalate the conflict.
We are in deep, deep trouble. This guy is nuts.