There has been a great deal of heightened activity around Israel/Lebanon/Hezbollah. There is a sense of inevitability that Israel will be challenging Hezbollah again, based on evidence of its massive rearmament. Hezbollah keeps gaining politically with every war, Iran and Israel seem to benefit politically by the distraction from concessions the world is demanding from them. Who loses? Civilians. What else is new since World War II? Anyone with any ideas on stopping this cycle of madness? I am fresh out.
Though I long for the success of the brave revolutionaries in Tehran. That would be a game changer for the entire region, for Islam, for the world. Hezbollah would have to grow up and join the Lebanese in a truly agreed upon set of national interests, Israel would be fresh out of excuses, the Saudis would be challenged to reform, and we would have a positive Shi’ite sphere of influence from Afghanistan, to Iraq to Pakistan to the Gulf. Persian culture itself would spur an amazing Islamic intellectual revival, in my opinion. One can dream. First there was Lenin and Stalin but then there was glasnost. Not impossible.
Israel, Hezbollah ramp up war of words across Lebanon border
By Haaretz Service
Israel and Hezbollah escalated their verbal sparring Sunday, with a senior Hezbollah official warning that any “silly act” by Israel would garner a response to make “the war of summer 2006 look like a joke.”
Link to Haaretz article.© Marc Gopin