Israel-Hezbollah PR War Rages
The real perception battle, though, is the battle for the final perception of the strength of the Islamist front. WSJ quotes an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson:
"If they [Hezbollah] are perceived as coming out of this conflict with the upper hand, it will energize and empower radicals throughout the Arab world."Adds former IDF general Shalom Harari:
"The fact that missiles are still landing certainly weakens Israel's image. "[If the war ends with that belief intact, it will] "intensify [Islamic militants'] desire to attack, not only Israel but also Western interests throughout the Middle East.Hezbollah is proving more difficult than Israel's former enemies, a troubling sign of the effectiveness of the global Islamist axis and their helpers in Moscow, Beijing and Poyngyang. The more effective they are, the more resolute we must be.
Niether a military nor a perception victory will be achieved with a cease-fire now, so the battle must continue, with the full support of the Bush Administration.
Related Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Bush