Who's won Lebanon war?

ALTHOUGH the guns have fallen silent, the debate about who won or lost the Lebanon war is far from over. The two sides — and their supporters by extension — continue to claim their side came out on the top. A flustered President Bush was quick to declare his friend Ehud Olmert the winner. Bashar Assad of Syria, on the other hand, claims otherwise.

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Published: Thu 17 Aug 2006, 8:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:58 PM

Regardless of partisan claims, independent observers see Lebanon as the biggest defeat of Israel. Even the UN resolution that put an end to the war can't be interpreted as the Jewish state's victory. The main resolution does not even talk of the return of the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah; it's mentioned in passing. Without doubt, Israel's leaders lost this battle to the people of Lebanon. It's a slap in the face of Israel's new leadership for their delusions of grandeur.

This war serves as a lesson to the powerful that power is no guarantee to victory and that war should be the last option to resolve any issue. Here's a country that has at its disposal one of the world's most powerful armies and lethal weapons and aircraft — more than 250 fighter jets — and aircraft carriers. Yet it couldn't conquer Lebanon even after its month-long offensive. Israel couldn't defeat the people of Lebanon because they were determined to fight injustice and aggression.

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