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Israel Attacks Lebanese Targets

Israel is advancing its Lebanese front:

Israel has now struck a Lebanese air base, the first attack against the Lebanese military.

Israel has also hit the Beruit International Airport, which is part of Israel's sea and air blockade against Lebanon.

Isreallycool says that Hezbollah has threatened to hit Haifa if its Beirut offices are attacked. What Chutzpah. Hezbollah got itself into this mess because it attacked Israel and kidnapped two of its soldiers first. Now it's expecting its offices to be off limits.

Update: The two kidnapped Israeli soldiers have been identified: They are Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Update II: Dan Riehl also says that Hezbollah's Beirut television station has been hit.


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<a href="http://www.cnn.com... (Below threshold)

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/13/mideast/index.html

Isn't it kinda self-referentializing to quote bloggers on news?

From cnn:
Nasrallah said the two soldiers had been taken to a place "far, far away" and that an Israeli military campaign would not win their release.

Is "far, far away" ... um ... SYRIA perhaps?

Run to the hills terrorists... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Run to the hills terrorists!

To any Jews who may be foll... (Below threshold)
ted:

To any Jews who may be following this, the GOP and Bush favor Israel doing well, the Dems and Libs favor Hezbollah. The days of any liberal-leaning Jews (save those who are self-hating) should be long gone. When will the remaining American Jewish libs/Dems finally wake up?

Let's not forget that Hizbu... (Below threshold)

Let's not forget that Hizbullah has been raining down rockets on Northern Israel as well. They've hit Safed (Tzvat) and nearby towns as well, injuring dozens of people, and killed one woman who was eating breakfast when a rocket slammed into her balcony.

Hizbullah thinks that warning Israel about attacking targets in and around Beirut by putting Haifa in its sights changes the calculus? Nope - it just means Israel will do all that it can to eliminate the threats posed to its northern towns and cities.

And where are all the complaints about collective punishment of Israelis by Islamic terrorists - after all, they're trying to inflict mass casualties on Israelis - sending them to the bomb bunkers, and otherwise trying their best to disrupt Israeli daily routines. Instead, we'll get the usual round of condemnations of Israeli action to defend itself by taking out targets that would assist the terrorists in their war against Israel.

To any Jews who may be f... (Below threshold)
mantis:

To any Jews who may be following this, the GOP and Bush favor Israel doing well, the Dems and Libs favor Hezbollah. The days of any liberal-leaning Jews (save those who are self-hating) should be long gone. When will the remaining American Jewish libs/Dems finally wake up?

To any Jews reading ted's comment, he's an idiot and doesn't know what he's talking about, but you know that, don't you?

from cnn.comIsr... (Below threshold)

from cnn.com

Israel's foreign ministry says it has information that Lebanese guerrillas are trying to transfer the captured Israeli soldiers to Iran, The Associated Press reports. CNN is working to confirm.

fwiw...

mantis, what specifically h... (Below threshold)
ted:

mantis, what specifically have I said do you find erroneous? Again, please be specific.

When I see the rockets lobb... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

When I see the rockets lobbed into Israel from Gaza and Lebanon, and abduction of Israeli military in Israel, then witness the "International Community/U.N." condemn Israel for exercising self-defense against the terrorists, it makes me wonder--are the Internationalists really indicating that they think Israel's right to exist is suspect, in their minds?

The only international comm... (Below threshold)

The only international comment I've seen has been from the UN, which merely [and uncharacteristically] called for "restraint".

If the terrorists manage to... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

If the terrorists manage to smuggle the Isreali soldiers to Iran, the shits really going to hit the fan.

Well, ted, I may give you <... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Well, ted, I may give you the GOP and Bush favor Israel doing well, though objectively one could argue otherwise. The rest of what you said was pure bullshit, including the fact that you think that Jews are looking to you to explain who supports Israel and who doesn't.

...you think that Jews a... (Below threshold)

...you think that Jews are looking to you to explain who supports Israel and who doesn't.

This is my take on that comment:
He was backhandedly swiping the American left for arrogantly presuming to continue to speak for Jewish causes when they've consistently equivocated pal-arab concerns to Israeli self-defense. I didn't read that as bossy-britchying the Jews.

He was backhandedly swip... (Below threshold)
mantis:

He was backhandedly swiping the American left for arrogantly presuming to continue to speak for Jewish causes when they've consistently equivocated pal-arab concerns to Israeli self-defense. I didn't read that as bossy-britchying the Jews.

My main point is that he tarred all Democrats and liberals (I'm one, not the other) with support Hezbollah and opposing Israel. While I have been critical of some Israeli policies before, I hate Hezbollah and fully agree with the Israeli response to what amount to acts of war by Lebanese through these kidnappings and rockets.

His other point is that any Jew who is "liberal-leaning" is a self-hating Jew. Since I assume ted himself is not Jewish, and considering I know many liberal Jews who are not self-hating, it seems to me that he has very little place telling them what to think, which in this context was very clearly what he was doing.

As far as what the "American Left" does, do not equate the "Free Palestine!", Che T-shirt wearing, naive college students with all of liberal thought. Our country overwhelmingly supports Israel, and that didn't start when Bush took office. Not to mention all of the Democrats in Congress (even some Jews! But they must be self-hating I guess) who consistently support Israel.

I hope I'm wrong about this... (Below threshold)
Big D:

I hope I'm wrong about this.

Israel goes after Hamas for abducting soldier. Hezbollah (who is controlled by Iran) decides to do the same thing, prompting another Israeli response. Now they are trying to ship the soldier to Iran, which explains why the Beirut airport was bombed by Israel.

The West offered a sweet deal to Iran to give up their nuke ambitions. Iran said they would give an answer by August 22. That day is auspicious since it is the date when Mohammad ascended into heaven from Jerusalem. A day of struggle, lighting and thunder.

Ahmadinejad believes strongly in the Mahdi, which is more or less the Shiite messiah. He is to return to the Earth (along with Jesus) when Muslims are in the greatest danger, and usher in the Worldwide Islamic Caliphate. Jerusalem and Baghdad are supposed to be the centers of the conflict.

So....Iran is trying to start a regional war with Israel and the U.S. It is a win/win. Either they beat the U.S. and Israel (unlikely), or they lose badly and user in the Mahdi.

On August 23 the real shooting starts. Iran will attack Israel and Iraq. Maybe Syria will join in, probably not. The Sadrites in Iraq will join the side of Iran.

It will be a bloody mess.

I think it's safe to say; T... (Below threshold)
Darby:

I think it's safe to say; The shit has officially hit the fan in the Middle East.

Is "far, far away" ... u... (Below threshold)

Is "far, far away" ... um ... SYRIA perhaps?

I agree. I tend to believe that the hostages are now in Syria awaiting transfer to Iran.

I expect attacks on Syria by the weekend -- Israel has already attacked a terorist base near the Israeli border. Right now, Israel is giving Syria a short amount of time to pressure Hezbollah to release the soldiers. They're not going to give them very long.

If Hezbollah is dumb enough to air a video showing the kidnapped soldiers to be in Iran, then the current mini-war is going to turn into a major regional war very, very quickly.

-Michael McCullough
Stingray: a blog for salty Christians

No response from ted. Big ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

No response from ted. Big surprise.

israel is a terorist. we ha... (Below threshold)
turkey:

israel is a terorist. we hate all the israel.ısrail is a baby killer




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