Plan for war, act for peace
I’ve been hearing this line for some time now. The basic argument is that Israel had a drawer full of war plans, approved by the Bush administration, waiting for an excuse.
One caveat: its always the military’s job to plan for any scenario, particularly the worst case ones. It’s the diplomats job to avoid these scenarios. In the case at hand, both have failed miserably. Everyone knew that Hezbollah was a rising threat. The diplomats did not do enough to dismantle it peacefully, the military did not plan well enough to handle it by force – if and when that becomes inevitable. Most of all, the government failed in weighing the available options.
Cut to Syria and Iran. I’m sure both Israel and the US have rooms full of plans for the case of a war with either or both. I hope these plans are more intelligent than those they had for the Hezbollah, and I hope they have the intelligence to keep them in the vault.