"Israelis are far quicker to criticize their government during and immediately after a war than Americans are.... An even starker contrast is noticeable between Israel-supporters in Israel and Israel-supporters in America. Israel’s partisans in the U.S. often talk as though Israel rarely makes any mistakes, that because Israel is a democracy with a right to defend itself it can do no or little wrong. Israelis themselves rarely do this." - Michael J. TottenOn the Hezbollah side, an equally bizarre about-face:
"A poll in Israel showed a 63 percent of respondents want [Israel's] Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign for what they see as failure to handle the conflict in Lebanon." - United Press International
"Israel's military chief acknowledges failings in war" - China Daily
"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." - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, from the Associated Press.I honestly never expected either side to be so forthcoming, which shows my ignorance of the region. But I still have very low expectations for future civility. Something about a region that's dominated with religious extremists makes me think that there's little hope for peace.