The private archives of Soviet party leader Andrei Zhdanov contain material, which heavily hints that the entire incident was orchestrated in order to paint Finland as an aggressor and launch an offensive. Some Russian historians express doubts in the document's authenticity. The Finnish side declined responsibility for the attacks and identified Soviet artillery as their source — indeed, the war diaries of nearby Finnish artillery batteries show that Mainila was out of range of all of them, as they had been withdrawn previously to prevent such incidents.
However, in the days following the Shelling of Mainila, the Soviet propaganda machine generated publicity about other fictitious Finnish aggressions, renounced the non-aggression treaty with Finland, and on November 30, 1939 launched the first offensives of the Winter War.
Originally posted by gordonwest
... but I honestly think it is leading to World War Three.
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil traded little changed after rising on concern Israel’s conflict in Gaza will widen and disrupt supplies as rockets from Lebanon hit the Jewish state.
“When these unexpected geopolitical factors emerge they will drive prices stronger,” said Victor Shum, senior principal at consultants Purvin & Gertz Inc. in Singapore. “We’re seeing the risk premium coming back into the price.”
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The yen advanced for a second day against the dollar after rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel, prompting investors to seek the perceived safety of Japanese assets.
The attacks come a day after Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Islamic Hezbollah militia, warned of “all possibilities” against Israel as conflict in the Gaza strip entered a 13th day.
An Al Jazeera reporter with close ties to Hezbollah said Jan. 8 there was no chance the rockets were fired by the Shiite militant group, because the rockets were of an outdated model that Hezbollah had not used for years, The Jerusalem Post reported. Channel 10 also quoted him as saying that had Hezbollah wished to open a second front to Israel’s north it would have fired dozens of rockets, not just three.
Originally posted by JanusFIN
I see Israel just made another great mistake, this time in media war.
If Israel was shot by Lebanon, why was so hurry to shoot back? Now, after "School Bombings" Israel is highly condemned around world from being aggressor. They could use these rockets very effective to show to whole world that they are victims too, asking wider justify to their acts... "Look what our neighbors do to us!"
Now both sides are firing, then both are victims and aggressors.
I think Israel should wait here, even few hours to get media to their side... But now its too late, and anti-Israel world can report "Both side are shooting each others"
In my eyes its now all about more provocations to escalate this war...
Army responds with artillery fire to Katyusha barrage on northern Israel Thursday morning and is ready for possibility of escalation in region. Security sources believe pro-Palestinian Lebanese group behind attack
Attack on Israel from Lebanon threatens 2nd front
Israel has repeatedly said it was prepared for a possible attack on the north since it launched its bruising campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza on Dec. 27. Israel has mobilized thousands of reserve troops for such a scenario, and leaders have warned Hezbollah of dire consequences if it enters the fighting.