posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 10:59 AM
If the Iranians accept custody of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and then make no effort to return them, or even worse, make demands upon the
Israelis, then there can be no hiding behind terms such as "guerillas", "terrorists", and "militias". There may be some justification at this
point to criticize the Israelis for attacking the Lebanese, as the Lebanese government is claiming innocence.
However, if a a sovereign state becomes complicit in either an A) criminal kidnapping, or B) Act of military hostility....they will have to face the
reality of the inevitable reprisal.
Personally, I believe the Iranians have a lot more to lose here than the Israelis. The Israelis are much more adept at long-range operations, and the
Iranian oil infrastructure is just hanging out in the breeze. Israel is a small fortress, already well prepared for assault.
A few well-place military attacks against Iranian oil facilities and infrastructure (and the corresponding loss of income), and the Iranians will
begint to second-guess their hard-line approach.......