Jul 12, 2006

Israel Invades Lebanon; Signs of a Widening War?

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Israeli soldiers preparing to fire into southern Lebanon Left: Israeli soldiers preparing to fire into southern Lebanon; photo courtesy of Reuters.

(Tel Aviv) Israel conducted air strikes and Israeli troops and tanks invaded southern Lebanon today, while the Hezbollah television channel al-Manar ("The Beacon") announced that its guerrillas abducted two Israeli soldiers along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the raids by Hezbollah guerrillas an "act of war" by Lebanon and threatened "very painful and far-reaching" action in response to the abductions.

"I want to make it clear, the events of this morning are not a terror attack but an act by a sovereign state which attacked the state of Israel without reason or provocation," said Olmert, who announced an emergency cabinet meeting.

Hezbollah, a major player in Lebanese politics and a group named by the United States as a terror organization, demanded a prisoner swap for the captured soldiers.

"Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the [Arab] prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance ... captured two Israeli soldiers at the border with occupied Palestine," Hezbollah said in a statement. "The two captives were transferred to a safe place."

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz responded to this incident along the Israel-Lebanon border in a written statement.

"The State of Israel sees itself free to use all measures that it finds it needs and the [Israeli Forces] have been given orders in that direction," he said. "If the soldiers are not returned we will turn Lebanon's clock back 20 years."

The incursion into Lebanon marks the second front in what appears to be a widening war. Israeli troops marched into the Gaza Strip three weeks ago in an attempt to rescue captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

Nine civilians and seven Israeli soldiers have been reported killed during the military actions in Lebanon.

There is a growing sentiment around the globe that the US and the United Nations have not done enough on the diplomatic front to maintain peace in the region, and that - if unchecked - Israel's military actions may draw players such as Syria and Iran into a much wider Middle East war.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

World War III is underway.

Dariush said...

A reminder of what American tax dollars are paying for in Gaza.

Also, good early analysis of the Lebanese invasion from Greg Djerejian over at The Belgravia Dispatch.

Borg said...

Of course, it isn't as if there has never been any hint of "collective punishment" aimed at Israel by the Palistinians.

Looks like you need to go study up more on your yellow journalism techniques, Dee.

Borg said...

Actually, now that I think about it, it seems I read somewhere that Israel (that megalithic monstrosity of imperialistic evil), might just have lost a handful of folks to terrorism over the years.

Could just be my imagination, though.

Borg said...

Man, is surfing propaganda websites all you do all damn day?

Jeezus, take a break.

Push yourself back from the keyboard. Take a deep breath.

Smile.

The imperialstic, war-mongering, Zio-Nazi cabal of Bu$hCo. will still be there come tomorrow. You aren't , really, doing them any harm by blogging NikkisNest and HistoryMike 24/7 (in between having your nose stuck up the megabytes of "info" available from a bunch of hackneyed Hate America websites).

My Gawd, the time you spend on pasting in hyperlinks alone must be considerable...

Tell me: Do you write this shit up beforehand, and keep it ready, links and everything? Do you have a list of standard, pre-written replys?

Go out and take a walk, and sniff some flowers.

historymike said...

Borg:

Do you support Israeli attacks on civilian targets such as bridges, power stations, water facilities, and airports?

Borg said...

Mike Brooks,

No more than I support Palistinian attacks on shopping malls, pizza parlors, and innocent civilians riding the bus.

PS: HistoryMike, I think you are a fair guy. I don't perceive the same level of anti-Semitism/Hate Israel feeling I get when I read the Goebbelian posts of Comrade Dariush.

However, I can assure you that if, say, Mexico started lobbing missiles our way on a daily basis, the U.S. would react with even more swift and blinding certitude than Israel has in Gaza.

If Hamas wants an end to the Israeli advance, they need to get their damn militants under control, return whatever hostages they've taken, and sit down at the table and at least ACT like they are a legitimate government entity instead of a half-baked, apocalyptic terrorist cult.

Dariush said...

Aw shucks, EB. That's really sweet. I didn't know you cared.

Awful funny how people who spend so much time online are always accusing everybody else of spending too much time online. Hey did you listen to every single show on Hal Turner's network last night, while taking meticulous notes, per usual?

EB: "PS: HistoryMike, I think you are a fair guy. I don't perceive the same level of anti-Semitism/Hate Israel feeling I get when I read the Goebbelian posts of Comrade Dariush."

Brown nosing now, Ebes? How very touching. Especially considering how it wasn't that long ago when one of your more heartfelt and vitriolic anti-Muslim posts, almost made the mild-mannered Mr. Brooks ban you.

In any case, it has been a long day. I need to get some sleep and you need to down a sixpack while hooting at the pictures of all dem purrty explosions on Fox. So get to it soldier.

Just remember, the fate of the free world rests on your fingers. :)

Good night, chuckles.

Feel free to respond with your usual string of half-a-dozen posts about how "the Mooslims are tryin' to take over the world!", "traitors" should be detained and I should be put on a plane (presumably after I've been forced to renounce my citizenship).

Borg said...

"I need to get some sleep and you need to down a sixpack while hooting at the pictures of all dem purrty explosions on Fox. So get to it soldier."--Snookercookies

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Just as I suspected. You been up all night hopped-up on goofballs.

You know, they can get you professional help for your addictions.

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"you need to down a sixpack"--Peace Moonbeam

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The day I let you tell me what I need is the day I gulp down a handful of cyanide with my brewskie.

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"Brown nosing now, Ebes? How very touching. Especially considering how it wasn't that long ago when one of your more heartfelt and vitriolic anti-Muslim posts, almost made the mild-mannered Mr. Brooks ban you."--Komrade Sheizzkopf


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Yeah, well, even us bloodthirsty, war-mongering Neocons can be cordial, now and again.

Strange though, that you can spill whatever sort of anti-Jewish libel you feel compelled to, yet no one wishes to "ban" you.

Not even the "antis".

I'm starting to see a definite double-standard, here.

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"Just remember, the fate of the free world rests on your fingers. :)"--Slip Slomopovich

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Hey, speaking of which, were you gonna take part in the Cindy Sheehan "Fa(s)t-a-Thon" and go without any food except for nutrition shakes, coffee, vanilla ice cream, and Oreos until "the troops come home from BusHitler's Criminal war"?

Just think of it bubba, your intestinal trqact could be our pathway to world peace.

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"Good night, chuckles"--Cuddlebuns, The Magnificent

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Pleasent dreams, hemmorhoid.

Hooda Thunkit said...

”There is a growing sentiment around the globe that the US and the United Nations have not done enough on the diplomatic front to maintain peace in the region…”

The U.N. may very well be a mangy, incontinent, toothless little kitten, but it is a highly reliable source for copious amounts of hot air.