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calendar   Wednesday - July 12, 2006

Powder Keg

They didn’t learn their lesson in 1948. They still hadn’t been able to get a clue even after 1956, 1967 or 1973. Now they’re back at it again. Hamas, Hizbollah, Al Aqsa, Ali Baba and all the rest of the neolithic barbarians are pounding on Israel’s doors all over again. Every time they do this, they lose more land, people and credibility. Why do they persist? Because they’re freaking stupid.

Capturing an Israeli soldier just outside Gaza wasn’t enough. They just started launching rockets from within the West Bank and now terrorist groups have made incursions across the border with Lebanon, capturing two more Israeli soldiers. Of course, Iran and Syria are backing all this from behind the scenes. That’s a given. What can the US do? Probably not much for the time being, however the Sixth Fleet might just decide to wander across the Mediterranean and stand by just in case. This powder keg is going to blow wide open any day now. Stay tuned ...

imageimageIsrael Calls Hizbollah Capture
Of Soldiers Act Of War

Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:51am ET10

QASMIYEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed up to seven Israelis on Wednesday, in what Israel described as an act of war by Lebanon that would draw a “very painful” response. Israel mobilized a reserve infantry division and Hizbollah declared an all-out military alert.

Two Lebanese civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on a coastal bridge at Qasmiyeh. Four other bridges in the south were hit and five Lebanese were wounded, security sources said. The sources said the Israeli soldiers had been seized at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) across the border from Aita al-Shaab, some 15 km (nine miles) from the Mediterranean coast.

The Israeli army confirmed that two Israeli soldiers had been captured on the Lebanese frontier. Israeli ground forces crossed into Lebanon to hunt for the missing soldiers, Israeli Army Radio said. Hizbollah and the Lebanese authorities said there was no major incursion.

Traffic was thin on roads in the south amid sporadic Israeli shelling of border areas. An Israeli rocket hit a car carrying a crew from Lebanese New Television, wounding all three. Israeli troops have not struck deep into Lebanon since they withdrew from a southern border strip in 2000 after Hizbollah’s Shi’ite fighters waged an 18-year war of attrition against them.

“It is an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel in its sovereign territory,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said of Hizbollah’s action, threatening a “very painful and far-reaching” response. Israel is already engaged in an expanding military offensive in the Gaza Strip launched after Palestinian militants captured a soldier in a cross-border raid on June 25.

“Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the (Arab) prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance ... captured two Israeli soldiers at the border with occupied Palestine,” the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hizbollah said in a statement. “The two captives were transferred to a safe place,” it said, without stating what condition the captives were in.

A Lebanese political source said Hizbollah was willing to discuss swapping them for prisoners held in Israel. A Hizbollah spokesman refused comment. The group’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called a news conference for 5 p.m. (1400 GMT). In 2004 Hizbollah exchanged a kidnapped Israeli businessman and the bodies of three Israeli troops for more than 420 Arab prisoners. Israel now holds at least three Lebanese prisoners.

Hizbollah said it had destroyed an Israeli tank that had entered Lebanon. Al Jazeera television said a total of seven Israelis had been killed in Wednesday’s border violence. Olmert called a special cabinet session for 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) to discuss further military action.

- More on the expanding conflict from Reuters ...


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