Friday, August 18, 2006

Pyrrhic Victory

Israel alarm at UN force members
Israel says it would be "difficult if not inconceivable" to accept nations which do not recognise its right to exist as part of a UN force in Lebanon.

They may be the only volunteers available for the UN Lebanon border patrol. Call this a pyrrhic victory for the IDF. Call it ironic.

A Pyrrhic victory is so called after the Greek king Pyrrhus, who, after suffering heavy losses in defeating the Romans in 279 B.C., said to those sent to congratulate him, "Another such victory over the Romans and we are undone."

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