Hand-to-hand diplomacy holds the key to a more peaceful future, hand-to-hand combat does not, says former ambassador PAUL HEINBECKER

PAUL HEINBECKER

It is always risky to draw lessons from a conflict before the dust has settled, but a few things seem clear enough from the Lebanon war to suggest some conclusions that can guide diplomacy and might point to a more peaceful future.

Lesson 1

Hezbollah, which surprised everyone with its military sophistication, can probably go still further up the technology ladder. So long as it has allies or can otherwise find willing suppliers, it will be able to acquire increasingly effective missiles. Buffer...

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