Commentary Week in Review: Spinning the War

Editor's note: This week we bring you the second installment of a new weekly column, in which we look back at the week's opinion pages. The column will be posted every Saturday by noon.

Condoleezza Rice says the U.N. resolution ending violence in Israel and Lebanon will be a major setback for Syria and Iran. No. Think again. The biggest winner was Iran. Hezbollah's boss now has his sites set on the Lebanese presidency, and it's only a matter of weeks before the Israeli prime minister is ousted. Op-eds and commentary this week were dominated by such assertions.

But first, let me say, with so much going on, the opinion pages this week were a bit overwhelming. At midweek, a friend in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, remarked that Sudan and Somalia worry him more than the 24-year-old war that has monopolized newspaper and TV coverage worldwide. "The numbers (in Lebanon and Sudan) just don't compare," he said.

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