Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The language says it all.


BEIRUT, Aug. 15 -- Hezbollah refused to disarm and withdraw its fighters from the battle-scarred hills along the border with Israel on Tuesday, threatening to delay deployment of the Lebanese army and endangering a fragile cease-fire.

The makings of a compromise emerged from all-day meetings in Beirut, according to senior officials involved in the negotiations, and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora scheduled a cabinet session Wednesday for what he hoped would be formal approval of the deal. Hezbollah indicated it would be willing to pull back its fighters and weapons in exchange for a promise from the army not to probe too carefully for underground bunkers and weapons caches, the officials said. end quote.

First of all, Hezbollah is asked to withdraw its fighters . . . from the battle-scarred hills.

Did Hezbollah invade and conquer south Lebanon?

Hezbollah indicated that it would be willing . . .

An indication is not an assertion.

in exchange for a promise from the army . . .

which army?

not to probe to deeply.

This is the most meaningless story. I would not have covered it. I would have said, "Wait until you really have something to say."

And then, there is the similar obfuscation on the Israeli side out of the ever-ready-to-speak, flyboy Dan Halutz.


UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Israel's forces will not leave Lebanon until a U.N.-led multinational force arrives, "even if it takes months," Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Halutz had predicted Israel would withdraw its forces from Lebanon within 10 days. end quote.

First this, then that.

Hopeful prediction, contradictory conditional. Give the people what they want with one hand, take it away with the other. Sadists do this sort of thing all the time. Genuine fighters don't. They just continue fighting until they win.

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