After deciding to expand operations in Southern Lebanon, but then losing 15 soldiers in towns (Ayta al-Shab and Debel) that were supposed to have been taken long ago, Israel's new and improved offensive has been delayed a couple of days so that Peace might be given a chance. I am reminded of "Sir Robin's Song", from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
He is packing it in and packing it up
And sneaking away and buggering off
And chickening out and pissing off home,
Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge...
And a word to all Israeli apologists. This is partly your fault isn't it? You've cheerleaded your gang into a little quagmire here, let them bomb the piss out a civilian population in service of a war that is both immoral and unwinnable, both evil and stupid. With friends like you, Olmert and co. may want to consult some of us "anti-Israel" types next time they want advice...
(which would have been in this case: a few pin-point strikes against Hezbollah targets, and then deal for your kidnapped men. You'll wind up doing that anyway)
Beware of your "friends"! That's the lesson for Israel here! They may mere enablers, perhaps ideological muscle fluffers! And the lesson to apologists is, real friends don't let friends act like war criminals!