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Monday, July 24, 2006
  No End in Sight? Some new things have developed in the last 24 hours regarding Israel/Lebanon: Apparently Britan has broken with Bush over Israel
Britain dramatically broke ranks with George Bush last night over the Lebanon crisis, publicly criticising Israel's military tactics and urging America to 'understand' the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.

The remarks, made in Beirut by the Foreign Office minister, Kim Howells, were the first public criticism by this country of Israel's military campaign, and placed it at odds with Washington's strong support. The Observer can also reveal that Tony Blair voiced deep concern about the escalating violence during a private telephone conversation with the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, last week.

Syria has issued it's own warning:

Israeli jets have blitzed Lebanon and Hezbollah fired off more deadly rockets in a new bout of tit-for-tat attacks as the conflict continued to spiral despite international efforts for a ceasefire.As a host of top European diplomats descended on the region,Syria fueled fears the fighting could spread, issuing a stark warning that it would intervene if Israel invaded Lebanon.
And Bush is opposing an immediate cease-fire.
President Bush has opposed an immediate cease-fire, saying the root cause of the conflict — Hezbollah's domination of south Lebanon — must be resolved. His administration has said international peacekeepers might be needed in Lebanon once that issue is dealt with.

An Israeli military helicopter crashed Monday near the Lebanese border, and the military said there were two casualties. It was not immediately clear if the crash was related to fighting around the biggest Lebanese border town, Bint Jbail.

Israel said its troops captured two Hezbollah guerrillas, the first in the current conflict. "The two prisoners are located in Israel and will be held here with the aim of interrogating them," Brig. Gen. Alon Friedman told Israel Army Radio.

Fierce fighting raged as Israeli troops moved deeper into Lebanon to besiege Bint Jbail, dubbed the "capital of the resistance" due to its intense support of Hezbollah during Israel's 1982-2000 occupation of the south.

Is there no end in sight? And from a military stand-point, how is this country going to handle this because that's what worries me the most.

 
Comments:
All this begs the question about whether we are in WWIII now. My cousin the commander of the USAF Honor Guard thinks yes. He says the "war on terror" is over and we've moved into a newer, bigger war. Very scary stuff.
 
This is my question:
shouldn't Lebanon be worried about its' citizens??? THEY need 2 rid themselves of Hezbolla... we have warned the world- u'r with us or against us. Lebanon supports terrorists... it's a choice they made!!!
:o
 
Starbender,

What choice does Lebanon have? They don't have the manpower or political will to destroy Hezbollah. The only thing they could do is start a civil war between North and South Lebanon, causing the deaths of possibly hundreds of thousands of civilians. Unless the world community is going to help Lebanon rid themselves of Hezbollah, there isn't really a thing they can do about it.
 
World War? How? Israel is bombing insurgent and terrorist groups in Lebanon. NO ONE is really defending the terrorists. They're just upset that people are dying. I'm not happy people are dying, but it's about time that rogue countries who harbor terrorists start feeling some consequences for not keeping their country "clean".

World War 3? Hardly. If China or Russia comes to the aid of the terrorists, okay, maybe you're on to something, but Israel pounding Lebanon and Palestine isn't a global conflict. If nothing else, it's just simply overdue.

Those people over there need to get their crap together or they're simply going to face more of the same organized military actions for harboring and supporting suicide bombers and radical Muslims.

To me, it's like pissing on the electric fence and then getting mad at TVA for supplying the power.
 
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