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October 23, 2006

Israel and Hezbollah

In a region such as the Middle East, no news is good news. Per the international agreement to end the war between Israel and Hezbollah, Israel has withdrawn all but a few troops from Lebanon. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has refused to disarm. U.N. peacekeepers have refused to attempt to disarm them, and the Lebanese army is too weak to do so.

What we now have is a return to the status quo on both sides of the border, with a weak and ineffectual peacekeeping force separating the antagonists. Hezbollah is re-arming through Syria, and the international force is too ineffectual to stop it.

As Iran is emboldened by the fait accompli North Korea presents to the world, Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, will no doubt also feel emboldened. It is only a matter of time before Iran will once again unleash Hezbollah to spread terror in the region. And again the world will stand idly by, that is until Israel gets too aggressive

Steve Wachsberg
Kansas City

Comments

whispering_to_kc

The 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflict is proof that the neocons have a wide reach. Neocons know no boundaries.

Hezbollah was local resistance born of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon in their pursuit of the PLO.

Israeli artillery and airstrikes have flattened Lebanon in the hope that the Lebanese would eventually get some religion and muzzle the Hezbos. Maybe it'll work or maybe it won't. We'll know in ten years, in time for the next conflict.

Lebanon. North Korea. Do all roads lead to Tehran?

jack

Maybe the U.S. government should be talking to these potential adversaries. Nah. What good would that do. We should only talk to those who agree with us.

Right Mr President?

 
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