By [Israeli PM Olmert's] telling, there is no war on the horizon because, "In the north and in the east live millions of people who want tranquility, a quality of life and quiet - just like we do."People north and east of Olmert include Hezbollah (north) and Hamas (east). If Hezbollah and Hamas want 'tranquility,' they have a funny way of showing it.
Olmert's comments are reminiscent of some by Gen. Wesley Clark (D-CNN). Gen. Clark claimed that the way to convince Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad not to nuke Israel was by "sitting down for a couple of days and talking about our families and our hopes, and building relationships."