Letter from Lebanon

With the recent Israel-Lebanon war now apparently over, it is time to take stock of
what happened.

The separate attacks on the Israeli military by Palestinian and Lebanese militants,
both of which included the abduction of Israeli troops, appear to have been
coordinated in strategy as well as timing. Both had as their official aim the release
of prisoners, even as both figured in a larger and more complicated geo-political
picture. Both also were clearly calculated to muzzle mounting internal criticism of
Hamas and Hezbollah, by falling back on the cultural sanctification of ‘resistance’
in Palestine and Lebanon.

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