If he says peace it is to deceive; he comes to us as a brother; he smokes his pipe with us; but when he sees us weak, and off our guard
, he will slay and steal.
We are thrown off our guard
by the general agitation of our feelings, and betray the intensity of those, which, at more tranquil periods, our prudence at least conceals, if it cannot altogether suppress them.
I don't see that Hizbullah's interests lie in escalating the situation, but that doesn't mean that we will be off our guard
if they do escalate.
We need to make sure we're not caught off our guard
If we're off our guard
, they are good enough to make it very difficult for us.
That kind of talk is just an attempt to put us off our guard