Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel & Lebanon

The Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah surprised Israel with a daylight assault across the border, leading to fighting in which two Israeli soldiers were captured and at least eight killed, and elevating recent tensions. This introduces serious conflicts on two fronts -- Israel is also waging a military operation in the Gaza Strip to free a soldier captured by Palestinian militants on June 25.

Israel responded by sending armored forces into southern Lebanon for the first time in six years.

Israeli warplanes fired missiles at the runways at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, shutting the airport and potentially stranding thousands of visitors at the peak of tourist season. Israeli warplanes also hit numerous locations in southern Lebanon, adding to the civilian death toll. The Israeli military confirmed the strike, saying that the airport was a target because Hezbollah receives weapons shipments there.

This is war and it is going to get nasty. Israel has shown great restraint. Few expect the restraint to continue.

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