The last line of Curzio Malaparteâ€™s â€œthe Skinâ€ is:
â€œ I said in a low voice, â€˜It is a shameful thing to win a war.â€™ â€
Victory in modern warfare is both a shame and a defeat. The defeated demand rehabilitation, reward, revitalisation. The victors are bankrupted, exhausted, and leaderless – their generals useless in peace. After World War Two it is Germany and Japan who emerge defeated then triumphant.
Today Israel is a victor. Absolute and unrelenting. Unconditional surrender.