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Opening Arguments

Tears in the Mideast

OK, I don't know much about diplomacy and the intricacies of international relations, but this seems like a bad deal to me:

Hezbollah on Wednesday handed over the bodies of two Israeli soldiers seized by its guerrillas two years ago, in a prisoner swap greeted with triumph in Lebanon but anguish in Israel.

"Today we hand over Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev," Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa said at the Naqura border crossing between Lebanon and Israel as men placed two black coffins on the ground amid a crowd of onlookers.

The mood in Israel had been sombre as it waited to learn the fate of Goldwasser and Regev , whose capture in a deadly cross-border raid in July 2006 triggered a devastating 34-day war in Lebanon.

"Both soldiers have been identified," an army spokeswoman told AFP after forensic tests on the remains.

The International Committee of the Red Cross handed to Hezbollah the bodies of 12 fighters, under the exchange  which was also to see the release of five Lebanese, including Israel's longest serving Arab prisoner.

Dead soldiers in return for live terrorists, who will now be free to create more dead soldiers. And Israel is supposed to be the tough one? This banner on the Lebanese border pretty much tells the story: "Lebanon is shedding tears of joy. Israel is shedding tears of pain."