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Friday, September 01, 2006

Nasrallah's "regret" rings hollow

Something does not add up.

"If I knew the process of capturing [these soldiers], even with a 1% probability, would lead to a war like this, and then if you asked me would you go and capture them, my answer would be, of course, no — for humanitarian, moral, social and security reasons," said Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of the Shiite Muslim militant group.
"You ask me if I had known on July 11 ... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not."

What the MSM's forgets in the glare of the Lebanon conflict is that only two weeks earlier, Israel invaded Gaza for the exact same reason - a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in Israeli territory.

Nasrallah knew this on July 11, of course. And it is hard to believe that his kidnapping was not in some way a reaction to the Gaza kidnapping - perhaps to humiliate Israel when the IDF couldn't find Gilad Shalit, perhaps one-upmanship towards the Sunnis in Gaza.

Many people are guessing what Nasrallah's speech means - it seems clear that it is at least partially a reaction to the Lebanese backlash against Hezbollah, as its claims of victory ring hollow to those hurt by the war - but what is certain is that, given the context of how this war started, he is lying now.