Sunday, August 20, 2006

Lessons from Lebanon by Ayman El-Amir for Al Ahram (Cairo)

Lessons from Lebanon

Unequivocally, Israel and the US are the biggest losers from an ill-fated month of war in Lebanon, writes Ayman El-Amir

In the month-long intense military campaign against Lebanon, Israel suffered a debacle beyond anyone's expectations and Hizbullah demonstrated a resilience that upset everyone's calculations. It was this surprising reversal of fortunes on the ground that changed the course of international diplomacy and led to the Security Council adopting a resolution for the cessation of hostilities, which the US had blocked for three weeks. The war in Lebanon has redefined the geopolitical situation and created new realities that will have far-reaching implications for all the parties involved. A reassessment will be required of the situation in the Middle East -- a region that will never be the same again.

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