Hizbullah is screaming divine victory again. Having escaped judgment and accountability in the jungle they claim to defend, they are tapping into their enemies' democratic institutions to validate their despotic actions.
A panel probing the conduct of Israel's war in Lebanon last year scathingly criticized Ehud Olmert on Monday but the prime minister said he would not resign but work instead to put right mistakes. Olmert "made up his mind hastily" to launch the campaign last July against Hezbollah guerrillas, the government-appointed panel said in an interim report, accusing him of "a serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence."
...A Hezbollah official said the report confirmed the group's "divine victory," while the Shi'ite Islamist party's television station said: "The heads of Olmert and Peretz have been placed on the guillotine. All that's left is for their heads to roll." (Reuters)
If the Israeli prime minister is being held accountable for failing to deliver on his promises, Hizbullah took an entire nation to war without consulting its government or people, and delivered them death and destruction. Yet you don't hear of a probe or investigation into how a militia got away with destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands, and how it continues to hold a country hostage.
Why stop at Hizbullah? Soon, many "citizens" of this Arab world will be claiming victory over an enemy they never fought, in a battle they never won and in which they made no real sacrifices. A report requested by the democratic will of an enemy nation will only prove to them that "resistance" is holy and the "only option". This option, which costs tens of lives every day in Iraq, is given legitimacy only because it's "resistance" against an easy and far enemy, which was stupid enough to insert itself between ignorant foes that feed on denial. For all that, every act of "resistance" committed and supported by the bearers of the Arab and Muslim banners, is an essence an escape from the real battle: the battle for one's freedom from the slavery of forged histories and an over inflated sense of pride, which stems from the belief in one's own infallibility, instilled by oppressive mothers and fathers.
Read The Economist this week and you'll know what I mean. In an obtuse article about failed American policies in the region—an article which unconvincingly blames the regression of democratic reform in the "Middle East" on the US—the writer cites an "opinion survey" conducted in 4 "Muslim countries" -- Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia—where the majority of respondents said they believed the US "aims to divide and weaken the Muslim world". The writer, based in Cairo, did not marvel at the ridiculousness of extrapolating from samples in three disconnected nations, nor did he question the results of this "survey", which presumes that there is a united "Muslim world" that outside forces can weaken and divide. But then, that's what they believe, isn't it. One "Muslim world": a parasite made attractive only because it keeps their bedrooms dark and ecstasy the undisputed property of their super egos.
So hurray, we have won. Israel is defeated. Strangely, their defeat will move them forward. As for our "divine victory", well, it will keep us where we are, which is at the bottom of the lowest circles of hell.