If Iran is arming Hizbollah, who is arming Israel?
WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.
There you go!
I was skimming Lebaneses and Israeli blogs today and, sifting through the racial and war mongering hatred on both sides found some inspiring examples of humanity:
Yes, sometimes it is a crazy world and we live in an almost a surrealistic reality. I am an israeli woman. leaving in north of Israel. Just wand to say that i can feel and see your suffering. I don’t have any suggestion to give. I don’t even want to spread here the history of the Israeli nation or to talk about politics or justifications. We have to cope with and to face- from both sides - a very hard and complex reality that is not totaly in our control. There are so many questions and so few answers right now. I sometimes feel that there are forces that are so strong, fanatic and total in ther belifes, that they are totaly blind to human suffering all togather. I just want to offer you my human sympathy. I do not belive in hatred. I strongly belive that people can live without violence. I educete my own children according those belifes .I teach tham love and sympathy for all humankind. unfortunately , the reality dose not match this personal philosophy. I hope for you and for me and my children that this sad and ceotic situation will and as soon as possible .
Take care and God bless you.
North of Israel
Also, going back to American emergency arms shipments to Israel, I read a really informative inteview in Haaretz with a Professor who specializes in Middle Eastern affairs, im not sure if he is American or Israeli, or both, but he gave good insights.
He tied the American/Israeli offensive in Lebanon against Hizbollah to the crisis with Iran. One of the fears with the US nuclear standoff with Iran is that if the shit did hit the fan, Iran could use Hizbollah against the United States (and as most experts agree Hizbollah is 10x the force that Al Qaeda is.) ""It was a strategic miscalculation. Hezbollah didn't internalize changes in the broader strategic climate. The top regional issue today is Iran's nuclear drive, not the fate of Hamas or the Palestinian issue. If Hezbollah had understood this fully, it would have laid very low until needed by Iran in a mega-crisis with the United States. At that point, its threats against Israel would have been added to the overall deterrent capabilities of Iran, and might have caused the United States to think twice."
To sum it up, the US is still floating around contingency plans against Iran if Iran does not end up suspending uranium enrichment and the Bush Admin believes it must take military actions. One of the "cons" against military actions would be Hizbollah, and its ability to attack Israel and/or US/US interests if Iran were attacked. So now Israel can use the kidnapped soldiers to execute this goal, a plan of attacked that "had all the spontaneity of the Schlieffen Plan," haha I read that yesterday thought it was funny.
Again I also must point out there is great tactical support by the Sunni Arab states in the region who really are not coming out strongly against this, and for 'reasons of state', they dont like Iran rising as a dominate Shiite state, they dont like Iraq rising as a Shiite state, and they dont like Shiite terrorist organizations that rival the military capabilites of most Sunni states.
Israel looks to be poising for a ground invasion now (there is a lot of speculation coming out that the IDF had thought an air war was the only thing necessary). I fear to see what happens when all the American nationals are fully evacuated from Lebanon and Israel can then totally unleash on the country.