There’s an article at the Christian Science Monitor about what each sides constitutes victory. This fight looks pretty serious and there hasn’t been this extreme kind of fighting since the 80’s.
The article is interesting because it looks at both sides and what they want as victory. So what counts as victory for both sides?
The Israeli military says the ground offensive is aimed at eliminating militant rocket-launching sites, destroying weapon caches, and pursuing fighters hiding in the crowded coastal strip.
Will it be satisfied if the militants stop firing rockets or if it destroys the hundreds of tunnels to Egypt that make up Hamas’s supply line? Some experts say Israel wants to force a more extensive cease-fire with Hamas, compel the creation of an international peacekeeping force in the coastal strip, or destroy the Islamist group altogether.
survival might be victory. It will be lauded across the Arab world if it can hold out against the region’s strongest military.
If this is what is considered victory, this fight might go for a while. And if so, there’s no way Bush can do anything. What will Obama do? It’ll be interesting to see what he does, but I’m guessing it’ll be more proactive than Bush’s condemnation of Hamas.
With things building up, it could be as it was in Lebennon in 1982. If it keeps going longer, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hezbollah got involved. But if that happens, the United States will probably get involved which will infuriate the Arab World even more.
Optimistically, I’m hoping for a cease-fire.