Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said yesterday that he would not have ordered the July 12 seizure of two Israeli soldiers had he known it would provoke a war that leveled Shi’ite villages and neighborhoods throughout Lebanon.
“We did not think, even 1 percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me, if I had known on July 11 … that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not,” he told Lebanon’s New TV station.
The sheik also said that officials from the United Nations and Italy were attempting to negotiate an exchange of the Israeli soldiers for Arabs held in Israeli jails. Israel denied involvement in any prisoner-exchange talks.
There’s an expression somewhere, it’s on the tip of my tongue…something about bulls and horns. It doesn’t matter, though: Kofi Annan will save the day!
The subject [of a prisoner exchange] is expected to be discussed during a visit to Beirut today by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
What you need to know about Annan can be summed up in this one pithy statement.
UPDATE: More on UN perfidy here. It’s not shocking, but it is disturbing.