Monday, August 28, 2006

Nasrallah expresses regret over kidnappings

Hezbollah commander, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has stated that he would not have ordered the capture of the two Israeli soldiers had he known that Lebanon would be attacked as a result.

Nasrallah said on Lebanon's New TV channel, "We did not think, even one percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude," going on to say, "You ask me, if I had known on July 11 ... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not."

While some may criticise Nasrallah as naive or even disingenuous, his comments echo those of many in the West who felt the Israeli response was disproportionate to the threat it faced. It is now believed that the only way forward between Israel and Hezbollah will be a prisoner exchange.

In what many will see as a positive sign for some measure of agreement, Nasrallah went on to say that he did not expect a renewed conflict, even though many others are worried about the ceasefire lasting.

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