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Originally posted by The Water Man
This game is beginning to be an insult to the citizens of the United States.
These endorsed warcrimes are a disgrace to this nation.
Originally posted by xmotex
As has been explained more than once in this forum, the Lebanese army is a small force of about 60,000, and simply doesn't have the strength to disarm Hezbollah.
Second of all, any attempt to do so would reignite the Lebanese civil war.
Lastly, Lebanon has no logical reason to take such risks solely for the benefit of Israel, a country that by its actions is clearly the enemy of all Lebanese, and not just Hezbollah.
To explore the "mindset of the Lebanese government", ask yourself this question: who are the enemies of Lebanon? Israel, which is currently bombing the stuffing out of Lebanon, or Hezbollah, which is not?
If I were Lebanese, I'd be asking Hezbollah where I sign up to go and fight my attackers, were I Muslim or not.
[edit on 7/22/06 by xmotex]
And how come - since this now obsesses the humanitarian organisations working in Lebanon - that the Israelis bombed two ambulances in Qana, killing two of the wounded inside and wounding the third civilian for the second time in a day. All the crews were injured - one with a piece of shrapnel in his neck - but what worried the Lebanese Red Cross was that the Israeli missiles had clearly pierced the very centre of the red cross painted on the roof of each vehicle. Did the pilots use the cross as their aiming point?
Bush's Plan for "Serial War" revealed by General Wesley Clark
"[The] Five-year campaign plan [includes]... a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan" (Pentagon official quoted by General Wesley Clark)
"Winning Modern Wars" (page 130) General Clark states the following:
"As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.
...He said it with reproach--with disbelief, almost--at the breadth of the vision. I moved the conversation away, for this was not something I wanted to hear. And it was not something I wanted to see moving forward, either. ...I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned."