ATSNN- Hezbollah Seizes Israeli Soldiers
Israel attacks Beirut Airport
Is America ready to aid Israel
For those of you who thought it was safe not to browse ATS or watch the news for a few hours, you might be a little surprised to be finding out that
apparently certain parties in the middle east are actually serious about all this saber rattling going on in and around Israel lately. The escalations
are beginning, and it may be too early to tell whether this is going to be a just another drop in the bucket or the first flareup of Mid-East violence
worthy of being called a war since the Lebanese Civil War, but already the calls for Israel to clean house, possibly with US assistance, are being
heard from some hawks.
Well excuse me if I break into song but I think Eminem put it best when he said "Let's end this $#!% now 'cause I won't stand for this, and
Christopher Reeves won't sit for this neither."
There was a time, remembered now as a high point of instability and crisis, called the Cold War. I'm beginning to think it gets a bad rap (doubly so
when I start quoting Eminem, hehe).
Say what you want about the Cold War, but the powers that be didn't just let any old jerk start a war every time they woke up on the wrong side of
the bed. Back in the bad old days the Russians would be threatening to come in, America would go to DEFCON-3 just to make sure everyone was listening,
and we'd tell these people to sit the hell down and shut the hell up.
I'm not saying we have to play world police- that's not exactly what I'm talking about. But consider the high emphasis on preserving the status quo
during the cold war. The present escalation of things presents a mild but still disconcerting threat that Israel and Syria may go at it, and on the
off chance that I'm wrong about the Iranians, they just might put their money where their mouth is and help the Syrians. And in that perhaps unlikely
situation, what do we get? A good old fashioned oil crisis.
Need I remind you all that the last time there was a high-intensity war there we ended up getting slapped with an oil embargo somehow (I'm talking
about the Yom Kippur War because I draw a subtle distinction between Beirut '82 and other M.E. crises)?
The last thing I want to see is a major regional war that results in Iran trying to hold the Persian Gulf hostage to get us to back down from our
support of Israel. I consider the odds fairly slim since Iran doesn't want to invite an attack on its nuclear program, but I'm under no illusion
that it's impossible either.
But you tell me. Am I way off base here? Should we be behind one side or the other? Because frankly I don't care who wins. The two sides deserve
eachother. What I feel really strongly about over there, if anything, is that I don't think 2 Israeli soldiers are worth an international crisis that
translates into hundreds if not thousands of deaths and a potential economic crisis as well.
Anyone else here under the impression that the US might ought to get on the phone and tell the Israelis that if they don't find a way out of this war
they like, that will find a way out for them that WE like?