Columbia University Middle East Professor Rashid Khalidi on Mid East conflict by Mitch E.Perry

08/03/06

As has been mentioned by foreign policy analysts over the course of the last 3 weeks, in the crises in the Middle East, for Hezbollah, victory may mean simply avoiding defeat.

As Gidi Grinstein, a former Israeli negotiator and director of the Reut Institute, a research group calls it the “90-10 paradox�. By that he means that Israel can eliminate 90 percent of Hezbollah’s fighting capacity, but Hezbollah can still declare victory and claim that it fought the Israeli Army to a draw.

Robert Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, wrote in the NY Times today that though the new Israeli land offensive may take ground and destroy weapons, it has little chance of destroying the Hezbollah movement.

Rashid Khalidi agrees with that sentiment. Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York City – he also runs the Middle East Institute…..WMNF spoke with him yesterday from Paris – where we asked with the Israeli Defense Forces beginning their ground offensive, if he believed that they could successfully dismantle Hezbollah (roll tape#1 o.q.�of its infrastructure�)

That’s Rashid Khalidi….The Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York City…He spoke to WMNF yesterday from Paris. .

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