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    28 July 2006

    Armitage states the obvious

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    Richard Armitage, a neoconservative, says that by attempting to eliminate Hezbollah will backfire. He also criticisied the Administrations stance with respect to Syria.

    Here is a clipping of the NPR interview:
    NPR: Are there parallels between that peacekeeping force and now?

    ARMITAGE: Well, I remember with stunning clarity one of our Israeli interlocutors sitting in my office, telling me that, "Don’t worry about this peace in Galilee operation. We understand our neighbors very well. We understand them better than anyone. We know all the dynamics of the situation in Lebanon." And that turned out not quite to be the case.

    I suspect that people in government now are also hearing that from Israel. Don't get me wrong - if I thought that this air campaign would work, and would eliminate Nasrullah and the leadership of Hezbollah, I think it would all be fine. But I fear that you can't do this from the sky, and that you're going to end up empowering Hezbollah, and perhaps introducing an element into the body politic in Lebanon that will take some great period of time to recover from.

    NPR: An element into the body politic that as yet we do not know?

    ARMITAGE: I think we do not know. And we’re not, as far as I'm concerned, using all the levers that we have, such as having the Secretary of State talk to the Syrians. I think they want to get involved. I think they want to become more central to a solution, and you might as well give them the opportunity. If they step up to it, fine. If they don't, we’ll know them for what they are.

    More at ThinkProgress.org

    More on the another failed air war here.

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