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Peace In Lebanon

The Sydney Morning Herald headline: "Hezbollah out, army in as peace takes hold."

But then, of course, one needs to read the text.

At several points, soldiers crossed the Litani River, 25 kilometres north of the Israeli border, into the domain of Hezbollah. A column of more than 100 trucks, troop carriers and jeeps, flying Lebanese flags, streamed across a makeshift bridge over the river to the town of Merj 'Uyun.

Hezbollah fighters were not expected to resist the soldiers, nor to hand over their weapons. Instead, it was thought they would simply hide their weapons and melt away into the civilian population.

The Hezbollah field commander in the south, Sheik Nabil Qaouk, said: "Just like in the past, Hezbollah had no visible military presence and there will not be any presence now." He praised the army's deployment south of the Litani, but said Hezbollah would maintain its presence without publicly displaying its arms.

Did you catch that? Melt away into the civilian population... "Just like in the past."

And the past's future lead to...well...you know the routine.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

One need not exercise much cerebral might to recall the endless criticism laid at the doorstep of the American leadership for allowing the defeated in Iraq to "melt away into the population" in 2003.

Taking a page right out of the 'Lessons Learned' textbook. Not to read it, apparently. Just to...well...take it out of the book.