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The Dawn of Peace in the Mideast
Posted by: Dale Franks on Saturday, August 19, 2006

Some fellow named Daoud Kuttab, who is apparently a media studies professor of some sort at Al-Quds University, is giddy with the prospect that a Hezbollah victory will lead to lasting peace in the Mideast.
Wars are won not only on battlefields, but also in people's minds. So, while Hezbollah has not decisively won its current war with Israel, by maintaining its ability to fight in the face of the Israeli army's might, it has captured the imagination of Arabs, restoring lost pride the same way the Egyptian army's crossing of the Suez Canal did in 1973. Restored pride was central to Anwar Sadat's decision to go to Jerusalem and regain the entire Sinai Peninsula for Egypt.

Although ordinary Lebanese have paid a huge human, economic and infrastructural price, Hezbollah has made it clear to the Israelis they can no longer take military predominance for granted. The limits of military power have been exposed. Moreover, the madness of war has been demonstrated to all and, once the current fighting is over, both sides are more likely to be cautious about actions that might push their peoples and countries into war once more.

How this war is concluded will likely change the ways in which both Israel and the international community deal with the fundamental national aspirations of Arab peoples. Holding Arab land and prisoners indefinitely will no longer be an asset but a terrible burden.

Conventional thinking in the Middle East has largely been built on Israel's overwhelming military strength, together with the disunity and lack of purpose of Arab leaders. But, in less than two months, the almost mythic power of the region's most powerful army has been dented, and Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, has come across as a steadfast and determined leader, in sharp contrast to the usual behavior of heads of Arab government.

The question now is whether this determination can bring about the type of surprising breakthrough to peace that Sadat's newfound 1973 prestige yielded.
Let me predict the answer: Uh, no.
 
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Hey, military stalemate is a historically popular time for peace-treaties, However, the missing peace for this rosy scenario is a tacit US-Iran deal allowing the country nukes in exchange for Iran pressuring militant Lebanese and Palestinian groups to give up and reach accomodations with Israel.

We turned Egypt similarly in ’73. Really, if we can go buddy-buddy with the Pakistanis and the Saudi Arabians, I’m genuinely skeptical that cutting a deal with Iran could be worse.
 
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Sure Glasnost, I think giving the Iranians NUCLEAR weapons is simply FABULOUS idea. Oh and I love the assumption that once Iranians get their nuclear weapons they’ll "moderate" their demands. I’m sure that once Herr Hitler has received the Rhineland, Re-armed Germany, solved the Sudenten Question and resolved the Danzig Cooridor Question all will be sweetness and light.

You ASSUME that the Iranians DON’T MEAN WAHT THEY SAY IN RE: ISRAEL AND ISLAM.
What if they do?
 
Written By: Joe
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Some fellow named Daoud Kuttab, who is apparently a media studies professor of some sort at Al-Quds University
Makes sense, Hezbollah needs trained people who can exploit the western media via staged photos, photoshopped pictures, etc.

I understand that "Al-Quds" university offers advanced courses in suicide bombing, Jooo hatred, and how to behead uppity women
 
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