Thursday, July 13, 2006

Conflict ... War ... Israel and the Region ...

With three Israeli soldiers in custody by both Hamas and Hezbollah, Israel is on an all out incursion in the Gaza strip area and on the Northern Border with Lebanon. The Ports in Lebanon have been blockaded, the international airport in Beiruit has been bombed by helicopter gun ships.

AS of late it was reported that the Highways from Lebanon into Syria have been bombed and partially destroyed.

I spent the better part of 2 hours watching news from several outlets to be able to understand the conflict and to be able to write something that was correct and useful to my readers. We know historically that the Middle East region has had its share of conflict for decades. The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians has raged on for years.

Hamas and Hezbollah groups are political and some call them terrorist militant groups as well some call them extremist groups bent on the destruction of Israel. To understand this axis, you have two extremist groups Hezbollah and Hamas, both of these groups find their financial backing and support within the Middle Eastern countries of Syria and Iran. Both are sworn enemies of the Zionist state of Israel. The U.S. president has stated that Israel has the right to defend herself. Hence the conflict goes on, but because the U.S. is so bogged down in Iraq that an immediate response from Israel's largest ally, the U.S. did not happen.


There is and has been a very long standing conflict between the Muslim groups of Middle Eastern peoples and the Israelis. This evening we see that Lebanon crossed over the border with Israel and killed several Israeli soldiers and kidnapped 2 more, on top of the first soldier taken by the Palestinian group of Hamas. We do not know the status of any of the three soldiers at this time.

The President of Iran,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has shared his views about the Holocaust and his wish to see the State of Israel destroyed, better yet wiped off the face of the earth. Here is an excerpt from his speech at The Ninth Conference of Foreign Ministers of Iraqi Neighbors Plus Egypt and Bahrain.

Click HERE for the link to the meeting.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the Zionist regime is the root cause of problems of the Muslim nations. In his inaugural address to the Ninth Conference of Foreign Ministers of Iraqi Neighbors Plus Egypt and Bahrain, President Ahmadinejad said that regional states and Muslim nations should mobilize their resources to deal with Israel. President Ahmadinejad said that the other challenge faced by Muslim nations is threat and occupation citing the occupying regime. "The Zionist regime is not of origin. It is a forgery and imposed entity on the region," he said. "Our enemies have set up the Zionist regime in the heart of the Muslim World through numerous ploys as a means to create unity among themselves and division among Muslim nations," President Ahmadinejad said. "They spared no effort to support the Zionist regime up to now. They use huge among of money from pockets of their people to support Israel. They also sacrificed their political philosophy in which they believe 'liberalism' for the sake of the Zionist regime. "The unlimited crimes of the Zionist regime in massacring defenseless young Palestinians, destroying their homes and farms are done with the support of Western governments. For them breaking the law and violating the rights of Palestinian democratic government are all right," he said. "Unfortunately, certain powers regard the human crisis the Zionist regime is creating as an opportunity for earning an income from arms sales to regional governments. So that they impose backwardness to the regional nations. Instead of spending on progress and development, they spend their resources to purchase arms."


It was reported that Lebanese members of Hezbollah would not have made such a brazen incursion over the Israeli border without implicit support and direction of people or persons in the countries of Iran and Syria. The Syrian Ambassador to the U.S. states emphatically that the conflict lies in Israel's continued imprisonment and abuse of Palestinian. Who is right, who is wrong?

There exists a 4 - way relationship between Hezbollah and Hamas militants and Syria and Iran. It is a clear intention of Tehran and Damascus to force Israel into a regional conflict. Although this conflict seems serious and harsh, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. states that this conflict (said to be War) will not escalate into a full spread war that will last a long period of time. This speculation is still yet to be proven and seen.

Senator Joe Biden (D) Senator and member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. says that a war is not realistic, but who's to say that it won't or couldn't be? The situation in Iraq has a direct connection to what is going on in the Middle East. And the fact that the U.S. is so tied down in Iraq just goes to show you that had they Not been so tied down, we would have seen an immediate response from Israel's biggest ally, the U.S.

The Iranian President has purposely used Incendiary Rhetoric to incite action by Mulim militants and extremists factions within Middle East areas. This rhetoric has seemed to have done its work as we have seen.

With Israel going after Hamas and Hezbollah ("Party of God"), Hezbollah wants to end and destroy the State of Israel and to build a Muslim state. If Israel is successful in this action it is speculated that the region will be destabilized enough to create change in the region.

The Saudis blame elements inside of Lebanon for this present escalation, and offered a very frank condemnation of Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah. We shall see what transpires in the coming hours, days and weeks.


Blogger Beverly said...

what a mess...what a mess...hate..hate...hate! sad...

1:07 AM  

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