10.01.2011 5.Shevat, 5771
Beware the seeming omniscience of an author who gives Lebanon a free pass at Israel’s expense, and be privileged to find out the essence of Hezbollah’s success.
Hezbollah is often portrayed in the West as a caricature of implacable Islamic terrorism. Lebanon also has become something of a stereotype, its name now synonymous with any process of rampant sectarian division. The problem with caricatures and stereotypes is that they’re easy to write off. We can remain comfortable in our ignorance of such forces, because we have a shorthand for dismissing them. That neither of these books will be comforting reading for Westerners − and for Israelis in particular − might be the most powerful reason to read them….