In the wake of the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, stories are popping up all over that Hezbollah, Iran and the New York Times have loudly been trumpeting a Hezbollah victory. Others say the opposite is true. And even I, while I don’t think Hezbollah won, don’t think Israel won other, something that may be an inherent problem in asymmetrical warfare. As someone said (Dennis Prager?) this is not the type of war that will end with the defeated party boarding the U.S.S. Nimitz and signing a formal surrender.
But, as usual, I’m digressing wildly. One of the MSM’s assumptions, and one driving so many of its stories and analyses, is that it believes that, because Hezbollah declared victory, it must indeed be the victor. And all I can think of is a line from a Texas district court decision:
But at the end of the day, even if you put a calico dress on it and call it Florence, a pig is still a pig.
Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corporation, Inc., 147 F.Supp.2d 668, (S.D. Tex. 2001). Hezbollah can declare itself the victor as much as it wants, but that doesn’t make it so. Time will tell, not self-promoting rhetoric.
By the way, the whole Bradshaw decision is pretty damn funny. Even if you’re not a lawyer and don’t follow the maritime legalize, you might want to take a few minutes to read the decision. I’ve known many crayon writing lawyers myself over the years.