Thu Jul 13th, 2006 at 03:13:18 PM EST
Well, in case anyone was worried that we might be short of news to cover over the summer, it looks like Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel, with a host of supporting actors, have decided to produce a summer blockbuster for us.
In response to two stupid and criminal kidnappings and rocket attacks on Israel, we now have:
- Fighting and aerial bombardment in Gaza leading almost directly to a worsening of already wretched living conditions.
- Israeli incursions in Lebanon, including attacks on targets in Beirut, including the airport, and a naval blockade of Lebanese ports.
- The Bush administration making ominous noises about holding Syria and Iran responsible.
- Retaliatory attacks on Israel from Hezbollah.
- A hundred dead already?
The Israeli response is disproportionate, immoral, probably illegal and profoundly stupid. They are doing precisely the things most likely to increase the power and authority of the hardline Palestinians and most likely to prolong the conflict in the area, assuming it doesn't escalate out of their control into something faster burning.
The lunatics are in control on both sides: wonder how many they'll kill this time around?
Bumped...still very current...