In a hopeful column about the goings-on in Lebanon, a valid yet unusual point about the Middle East and the Bush reponse, Guardian Unlimited Guardian daily comment Timothy Garton Ash: British and French agree on Lebanon:
"One of very few universally valid laws of history is the law of unintended consequences. The effects of what men and women do are rarely those they intend, and sometimes they are the exact opposite. If that happens here[Lenanon], it would be hard to imagine a nicer illustration of the law.
Suppose al-Qaida had not destroyed the twin towers in New York. Would the Middle East be in such ferment?"