AmbivaBlog: "Read that sentence again and remember it: 'A historic test that wll determine the future of humanity.' That is what Israel is fighting for, and that is what Lebanese Shiite civilians, like the 3000 Americans killed on 9/11/01, are dying for. All-out war has been declared on liberal democracy by neo-medieval fascist theocracy. Soon enough that war will be nuclear. This is a crucial point, psychologically and strategically, to score a decisive victory -- if that is even possible with the world howling for a ceasefire. Ruthless strength may be railed against and hated, but deep down, when niceness has only emboldened the most ruthless, strength is also admired -- even by the defeated."
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