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Wednesday, July 09, 2008


It seems the Israelis are ratcheting up the ante for more conflict which they, no doubt, hope will ultimately trigger the final confrontation with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Wednesday) will meet with his cabinet to discuss what he claims is the collapse of UN Resolution 1701 which put an end to Israel’s attack against the Lebanese people in 2006. Olmert claims that Hezbollah are being re-armed by Syria. The ‘Jerusalem Post’ report quotes an unidentified Israeli official as saying: “Syria is rearming Hizbullah at a rapid pace and this is proof that 1701 has completely failed." While claiming that this was proof of 1701s failure, the official failed to provide any actual proof that Syria is, indeed, rearming Hezbollah. The official also failed to mention that Israel itself, meanwhile, was being rearmed by the US; the same kind of arms that Israel used to attack Lebanon in the first place.

The Lebanese people have every right to arm themselves against Israeli aggression. In 2006 Israel launched a massive bombing campaign against the Lebanese people followed by an invasion of south Lebanon on the pretext that two of their conscripts had been captured by Hezbollah fighters. Israel claimed that they had been ‘kidnapped’ during a cross border incursion into Israel by Hezbollah fighters.

Initial reports saying that the Israeli soldiers had been captured inside Lebanon were quickly changed to match Israeli claims that they had not. Claims also by the Israelis that the attack against Lebanon was as a spontaneous reaction to Hezbollah’s capture of the Israeli soldiers were soon proven to be falsehoods as it was quickly revealed that the attack had been planned months ahead of the capture of the two soldiers.

Two years later and the Israelis have now become desperate to initiate a war against Iran before George W. Bush leaves the US presidency. By upping the ante against Hezbollah, Israel hopes to both provoke and create a casus belli for war against them which they hope, in turn, will then lead to escalation which will ultimately provide Israel with the final confrontation they have been seeking for so long.


Playful Pete said...

Nice link to a HEZBOLLAH statement that they were captured in Lebanon. Very convincing.

Meanwhile, the UNITED NATIONS confirms that Hezbollah breached the Blue Line by crossing the border in this act of war.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned such "attacks across the Blue Line," stating clearly that:

"We are deeply disturbed by this violent breach of the Blue Line..... Hizbollah’s action escalates the already tense situation along the Blue Line"


Damian Lataan said...

There is no link to any Hezbollah statement regarding the Israelis being captured in Lebanon. However, the link does link to other western MSM outlets, including the neoconservative Forbes magazine, that do say that the Israelis were captured in Lebanon.

Kofi Annan sometimes got uppity with the Israelis and the US but usually ended up toeing the US and Israeli line.

Playful Pete said...

Look at your "What Really Happened" link.

It quotes a Hizbollah statement. It doesn't make it reliable. Why produce it in the first place. Since when does Hizbollah have an open media policy? (as an example, Al-Manar is hardly independent reporting).

In fact, the UN has far more credibility than the bible-bashing Conservatives at Hizbollah.

Damian Lataan said...

Why would a Hezbollah statement be any less reliable than an Israeli one?

Israel has already proven that their statements are unreliable; for example, they'd told the world that they were attacking Lebanon as a result of the capture of the two soldiers when in fact the attack had been planned months before.

Damian Lataan said...

Sorry sunshine but I really don't have time for this 'you said, I said' crap. You either prove or attempt to prove your point or get deleted. No pedantic garbage here; you know the rules.

Playful Pete said...

Any UN statement ....

.... is far more reliable than Hezbollah's media arm.

You can believe who you want out of Israel and Hezbollah.

But most objective folk will believe the UN ahead of Hezbollah any day of the week.

Damian Lataan said...

Most people, like yourself, are dumb and gullible enough to believe anything they are told. As an historian I'm not particularly interested in what people believe; I'm only interested in the facts.

The UN has often found itself compromised as it struggles to keep the US and Israel happy at the same time as trying to keep the rest of the world happy as well.