But never underestimate the extent to which Islamic fanatics can delude themselves. The difficulty is that if Hezbollah’s propaganda claims of victory came to be believed, this would suggest doubt about the viability of the current ceasefire. As I wrote previously:
‘It may be that ordinary Lebanese returning to their shattered homes and a ruined economy may inject a sense of realism into Hezbollah's fantasies but the fear is that for many, hatred of Israel and celebration of this pyrrhic 'victory', fostered by the bearded religious fanatics in Iran, will turn this ceasefire into something only temporary’.This theme is taken up in an article in today’s Age. Hezbollah has recently been trying to buy goodwill as compensation as ordinary Lebanese seek to rebuild lives ruined by the war. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has even apologized to Lebanon for kidnapping the Israeli soldiers – they would never have done so had they anticipated the consequences - what baloney, why did they ever not just return those kidnapped?
Hezbollah are also handing out Iranian money to those whose homes are destroyed. The symbolism of these transfers will not be lost on the Lebanese. We compensate you for loosing your homes and your brothers and sisters in the interests of imperialist religious fanatics in Iran.
Hezbollah are scrambling for political legitimacy in Lebanon and are confirming by their statements and actions that they were overwhelmingly defeated. The ceasefire may hold in which case the substantial force exercised by Israel against the terrorists in Lebanon will be seen in a more positive light. It may help force a reconfiguration of political forces in Lebanon that gives less power to the servants of a foreign country.