Bush said Hezbollah and its supporters in Iran and Syria were responsible for the 34-day war, and called that conflict "part of a broader struggle between freedom and terror." (Watch Bush blame Hezbollah, Iran and Syria for the crisis -- 2:06)
Bush said the U.N. resolution that took effect early Monday was an "important step that will help bring an end to the violence."He said the conflict was a win for his administration's policy of encouraging democracy in the Middle East and a defeat for Hezbollah, discounting a claim of victory issued by the Shiite Muslim militia's leader earlier Monday. (Watch the president declare Hezbollah the loser -- :40)"Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis," Bush said during a news conference at the State Department.
I know, I know. Up is downism prevails. The very fact that Hezbollah survived 30 days of fighting against one of the most feared and equipped militaries is a victory for Hezbollah right there. Unfortunatley, there just isn't any other way to spin that one. But, you don't have to believe me, the Israeli people "get it" even if out village idiot doesn't:
Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, was obliged to admit "shortcomings" in the 34-day-old conflict in Lebanon yesterday as he launched what may prove a protracted fight for his own political survival.
Mr Olmert's admission in a stormy Knesset session came in the face of devastating poll figures showing a majority of the Israeli public believes none or only a very small part of the goals of the war had been achieved.
source: The Independent
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