Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Battle for Arabic Public Opinion

The battle for the emotional support of the Islamic people is a constant concern for Middle-East rulers and terrorists alike. Now it is the Hezbollah which has caught the attention and support of the public. Never mind that it is the actions of the Hezbollah which put the match to this conflagration. Never mind that it is Iran and Syria that supplied Hezbollah with weapons and support. Never mind that it is the impotent United Nations “peace keeping force” in Lebanon that facilitated the stockpiling of weapons and construction of infrastructure by Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. Never mind that it is Lebanon’s corrupt and weak military that allowed Hezbollah to eclipse its own power. Never mind that it is Lebanon’s government that allowed Hezbollah to be the primary care giver to the public in terms of social support. Never mind that the Lebanon’s people and Arabic rulers initially condemned Hezbollah for its provocative actions. Now that Israel has responded forcefully, suddenly it appears that the regional public opinion is swinging in favor of Hezbollah, and Arabic countries are changing their public tune. See the article linked here.

From an Israeli perspective, what’s new?