Thursday, August 10, 2006

Using a bigger hammer

Israel has been bombing Lebanon for a month now, at the cost of almost a thousand civilian lives. But they still haven't got their captured soldiers back, and Hizbollah rockets are now falling on nothern Israel in even greater numbers. Their mission to cripple Hizbollah seems to have failed. The tactic of using a hammer to crush a fly has failed too. So what is Israel going to do now?

Use a bigger hammer, it seems. The Israeli security cabinet has authorised a full invasion of southern Lebanon, to the Litani River - just as in 1982. And they're throwing more troops across the border. If force fails, the answer must be more force.

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". What then does that say about the current Israeli government?