The aftermath of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict has raised numerous issues and brought to the fore the harsh and brutal reality of war. There are a number of repercussions and lessons to be learnt from the Israeli invasion and subsequent withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
One of the foremost results is the failure, yet again, of the United Nations as an international body that can promise to bring peace and justice to the conflict-ridden regions of the world. The inexplicable delay in passing the resolution calling for a ceasefire resulted in hundreds more casualties and a catastrophic destruction of the country's infrastructure. And now, observe how the U.N. can only urge Israel to lift the blockade which is continuing to make life hell for Lebanese citizens trying to rebuild their lives, and a country trying to recover from a recurring nightmare. The stalling by the U.S. in pushing for a ceasefire has also illustrated just how hollow is the claim that it is a neutral party in resolving the Middle East conflict.
Is it now being proposed that the real reasons behind the Israeli invasion were not the capture of the two soldiers but rather that that was simply an excuse for Israel to execute an agenda it had been working on for much longer. Contentious as that may be, no "retaliation" claims can stand up against the thousands of mostly civilian deaths, the billions of dollars of destruction, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of southern Lebanese and northern Israelis. Once again, the asymmetrical nature of modern warfare has been very effectively demonstrated whereby simply surviving the war was reason enough for Hezbollah to claim victory. I bet the famed Israeli PR machinery (link to Google video) is going to have a tough time putting a spin on this one.
The complete failure of Arab diplomacy shall also be something that the Arab world will need to contemplate. Gone are the days when UN resolutions could be influenced by the oil-rich nations putting their lot behind Palestine. All the rushing around that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia did during the first few weeks of the invasion came to naught. Neither were the other Arab countries able to come together and force the imposition of a cease-fire.