Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dead Man Talking

The Hezbollah leader talks like an incompetent junior manager – with the difference that making a big mistake in business gets you fired, whereas the Israelis will kill this guy.

This is from Captain’s Quarters (great Minnesotan blog!), a transcript of an Al-Jazeera interview with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (my ellipsis):
Interviewer: "Did you inform (the Labanese government) that you were about to abduct Israeli soldiers?"

Hassan Nasrallah: "I told them that we must resolve the issue of the prisoners, and that the only way to resolve it is by abducting Israeli soldiers."

Interviewer: "Did you say this clearly?"

Hassan Nasrallah: "Yes, and nobody said to me: 'No, you are not allowed to abduct Israeli soldiers.'

Even if they had told me not to... I'm not defending myself here. I said that we would abduct Israeli soldiers, in meetings with some of the main political leaders in the country. I don't want to mention names now, but when the time comes to settle accounts, I will. They asked: 'If this happens, will the issue of the prisoners be over and done with?' I said that it was logical that it would.

And I'm telling you, our estimation was not mistaken. I'm not exaggerating.

Anywhere in the world – show me a country, show me an army, show me a war, in which two soldiers, or even civilian hostages, were abducted, and a war was waged against a country – and all for two soldiers.

This has never happened throughout history, and even Israel has never done such a thing."
He’s saying it’s not really his fault, because someone in authority told him it was OK, and that he failed to foresee the consequences of his actions.

I once fired a manager who talked exactly like this idiot – he’d bullied a long standing, strategic, and trusted supplier to our company. So they’d shut off shipments to us, preventing us making a key delivery.

The manager claimed he’d mentioned his plan to his boss when they were in the men’s room and his boss hadn't replied (he hadn't heard), and that he never expected they’d shut us down. He was out the door in 5 minutes.

Hezbollah killed the last Israelis they kidnapped, and Nasrallah has probably killed the latest two. So now he knows that, with this Israeli government, he’s a dead man.

It would take a heart of stone, etc.