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Everybody wins ? Not quite.

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While discussing negotiation strategies in leadership/management classes,  a phrase that commonly pops up is: ‘everybody wins’.

Something tells me that the recent ceasefire in Lebanon is not exactly the same type of negotiated settlement, even though, amusingly enough, both sides are claiming victory !

First, the Hezbollah:

HEZBOLLAH leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has declared that his guerillas achieved a “strategic, historic victory” against Israel, and suggested Lebanese and international troops could not protect Lebanon alone. (via)

And speaking for the Israelis, the POTA,

Hezbollah attacked Israel. Hezbollah started the crisis. And Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis.

And the reason why is, is that, first, there’s a new _ there’s going to be a new power in the south of Lebanon, and that’s going to be a Lebanese force with a robust international force to help them seize control of the country _ that part of the country.

Secondly, when people take a look-see, take a step back and realize how this started, they’ll understand this was Hezbollah’s activities, this was Hezbollah’s choice to make.

As Scott Adams puts it (with much more wit),

You have to love a war where both sides win. The only part I didn’t understand was why they stopped fighting. It seemed to me that the longer they fought, the more winning both sides would enjoy. I was puzzled until I read in the same article that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Israel would “do better” the next time around. You have to admire their spunky attitude. I guess it’s like the Olympics, where everyone is a winner just for participating, but you still only do it every four years. Otherwise it would be too much of a good thing.

Reminds me of when we were kids playing our game of football or cricket: oftentimes the game would go down to the wire, and then there would be a controversial play. With no authority figure to pass final judgement – it would soon degenerate into a heated arguement on who was right – and of course, who won. After much shouting (but thankfully hardly any physical fights) and debating – each side would simply go their own way, comfortable in the thought that victory has been theirs.

If only the loss of civilians (on both sides) during this recent conflict was a matter of child’s play.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

August 15, 2006 at 1:12 pm

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