War and Diplomacy

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Leaving a vacuum for Hezbollah almost guarantees renewed conflict, and neither the present U.N. force nor the Lebanese army acting alone can fill the vacuum.

Such an agreement would serve Lebanon's interest even more than Israel's. Hezbollah has sought to function as a political party inside Lebanon's democracy and as an independent armed force that subverts the very same democracy. Any cease-fire that allows it to continue to play both roles unimpeded is unlikely to endure for long.

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