A friend (the face-to-face kind) directed me to the blog of her friend -- who is writing as an Anglo in Lebanon, from the hills overlooking Beirut. Today, he says:
What we see here is a tripling in the price of produce and some reduction in the range of terrible things that we can expect to happen - in other words some set of rules has emerged about what they are going to bombard and what they are not. For now.I'm searching for real people posting from Lebanon or Israel -- not politicos, not religious leaders. Shout if you have recommendations.
History repeats itself, and nowhere more disastrously as when people in power repeatedly act as if history were going to repeat itself exactly. In military parlance, this is called "preparing to fight the last war"...
As I said in the last posting and in the last comment, there are enough people who want to be left in peace on both sides to make this peace stick. There is a minority that wants war to extermination, and those must be and easily can be dealt with. The big problem is in those huge majorities on both sides who believe that their existence is in danger.