War is over (for now). Olmert made his victory speech. Time to check the lies I wrote about a few days into the war:
We are fighting to get the kidnapped soldiers back. All Israeli soldiers are on their way out of Lebanon, except for Goldwasser and Regev. And Shalit is still somewhere in Gaza. If these three come back home, they will do so in the “conventional” way, i.e. in return for the release of terrorists and prisoners from Israeli jails. Not because of the war.
Our aim is to crush Hezbollah. The last day of war saw 250 rockets and missiles launched by Hezbollah into Israel; images from Haifa made the city look like a war zone. Tens of Israeli Merkava tanks were put out of order by Hezbollah’s anti-tank fire. Not one village in southern Lebanon is free of Hezbollah control. Need I continue? An ideological organization like Hezbollah cannot be crushed. Period.
The air campaign is effective. If so, why the ground offensive? Why more than 100 soldiers dead? Why did the number of rockets increase, not decrease, as the air campaign proceeded?
The people are behind us. This was and remains to some extent true. Except that many of these people view the government as a total failure in the way it dealt with the very same “people”. The erection of the “tent city” in Tel Aviv yesterday, hours before the ceasefire, epitomizes the uselessness of the government’s response to its citizens’ needs in time of war.
The world is behind us. Right… The same world that saved us from continued embarrassment by forcing the ceasefire.
We will establish a security zone in Lebanon without IDF’s presence. Yet to be seen… I heard Morrocco, Malaysia and Indonesia – all Islamic countries – are offering to send troops to man UNIFIL’s “expanded” force in southern Lebanon. Knowing they will be there protecting me, together with the French, makes me sleep better at night.