Walid Jumblatt says darkness is everywhere he looks in the Middle East. John Keegan predicts a new war between Hezbollah and Israel in Lebanon. Michael Totten says Israel is back to square one and Lebanon at square negative three. Did UNIFIL come to bring the the torch of hope or to turn out the lights? More at Michael Totten's.
Most people knew this would happen, including some I think, who called most loudly for a ceasefire. Not because they were malevolent but because of a deep-seated human desire to avoid a present unpleasantness even if it means worse in the future. We all know the feeling. Fly now, pay later. Get a new suite of furniture. No interest until 2010; when the furniture will own you instead of you it. When images of bombs falling and the pictures of people dying were printed in the papers during the recent war in Lebanon what was more natural than to want to make it go away? Even for a while. Even for a very little while.
So now hello darkness our old friend. We've come to talk to you again. As we knew we would.