Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 15, 2006

Victory, spelled with a ‘P’

Filed under: Israel/Lebanon,News,Politics,terrorism,war — secretmojo @ 12:30 am

Ceasefire is great news. And a humiliating slap in the face for all the warmongers who cheered this conflict as the chance of a lifetime.

It may or may not last. I’ve always thought a good judge of the strength of a truce is whether all sides come from the agreement claiming victory. It may be this way for Hezbollah, somewhat for Lebanon, but not for Israel. The two captured soldiers, the “reason” for the devastation in the first place, remain captured.

One more observation, and I’ll let everyone get on with their own Israel/Lebanon news saturation. After reading a bit on local reactions (here and here), a peculiar phenomenon struck me: while displaced Israelis are afraid to return to the north, Lebanese refugees are jamming up the roads heading back to their homes.

This is fascinating to me, because southern Lebanon and Beirut are decimated. Buildings turned into gravel dumps with twisted rebar poking out of them. If any Lebanese wanted to be afraid, they need only look up.

Israel hasn’t seen this kind of overbearing damage. Yet, the fear to return seems greater. Now, I don’t want this to turn into a debate about who’s the greater victim here, because the way I see it, everyone proved their humanity by honoring the ceasefire, and are victorious over the innate evil of War. Score one for sensibility and compassion.

But it is interesting how uncertainty is one of the main ingredients of fear. And how, after a certain predictability is achieved — even if that prediction is one of death and destruction — fear dissolves.



  1. “Victorious over the innate evil of War” – nice one. Thanks for dumbing it down for me, I really need that – seriously. I cannot concentrate on the news when it comes to Hezbollah / Lebanon, my eyes glaze over and my mind goes blank. It’s a case of “too much information”! You’re doing a great service here.

    Comment by sonael — August 15, 2006 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  2. Sonael, I’ve found that I, too, have been avoiding the news lately. It’s been an addiction for me, difficult to break. But switching to WordPress, in all honesty, helped me discover more diversified ways to get my Net and information fix. Now, I go to bloglily, read some fencer, catch up on Anna’s next knitting project, see what empty rhetoric’s got to say, or respond to a comment here.

    I find I don’t have the same amount of time for snark and violence and politics that I used to. I now try to get to the meat of it faster, so I can click on the new post that popped up at my blogroll feed,

    It’s a relief, actually, to find a bigger world out there. Net hermeticism wasn’t doing me well lately. I’m still a newsaholic, don’t get me wrong, but at least I’m drinking two beers now instead of seven Long Island iced teas.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 15, 2006 @ 2:02 am | Reply

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