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Featured Event: "Covering Lebanon: Media and the 2006
3, 2007 (Tues), 9 am-6 pm"Covering Lebanon,"
Conference on Media and the Recent War at UCLA
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room. Several panels and a
concluding roundtable will examine how the U.S. media presented
the war in Lebanon, in contrast to international media representations.
The New Creative Destruction
By Mark LeVine
August 22, 2006, Asia
If there is one question one could ask Hezbollah leader Hassan
Nasrallah today, it would be this: When did you begin planning
for the reconstruction of south Lebanon? Before you kidnapped
two Israeli soldiers on July 12, or only after it became clear
how much of south Lebanon Israel was willing to destroy to
"win" its war against you?
Either way, it was the latest master stroke in a string of
decisions that have confounded Israel, the United States and
the world at large. Indeed, while critics of the Israeli invasion
claimwith increasing evidencethat Israel planned
the attack well in advance (even with the support from the
administration of US President George W. Bush), it now appears
that it was Hezbollah that suckered Israel into a war for
which it had perfectly planned each component: the baitthe
kidnapping of two soldiers; the military tactics - tunnels,
missile barrages and advanced anti-tank weapons; and the post-fighting
reconstructiona large-scale effort that only Hezbollah,
and not the feckless Lebanese government, is capable of undertaking.
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