Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 05:51:18 PM EST
The BBC says
Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers last week was timed to divert attention from Tehran's nuclear programme, the Israeli PM has claimed.
Ehud Olmert said that the cross-border raid in which the two soldiers were taken and eight others killed was co-ordinated with Tehran.
Aside from the obvious question of how exactly a tiny border raid is supposed to divert attention from a nuclear program - Olmert apparently thinks that a kidnapping without any retaliation would have been enough to move the Iran problem from the top of the G8 agenda, where it wasn't anyway - this suggests, that just as many people have been thinking, this is really a convenient way to drum up support for an attack on Iran.
The original nukulaar weaponz gambit from March and April clearly didn't work. So this would seem to be Plan B.
I think we can guess from this that neither Israel nor the US have any interest in a ceasefire. In fact a continuing escalation will do nicely, thank you.
Blair is also happy to play his part by accusing the Iranians of arms supply, and - right on cue - suggesting ties to events in Iraq.
I don't know about anyone else, but this level of naked propagandising is beginning to be insulting. It's not only 100% evil, it's also an insult to anyone's intelligence that we should be expected to believe such clumsy stupidity and deceit.
Juan Cole may or may not be right that Lebanon is officially screwed. But I think we'll see a lot more media attention on Iran in the next few days - I'd be willing to open a book that sooner or later someone is going to start talking about mushroom clouds and WMDs - and probably more crisis and bad news just to keep the pressure cooker boiling.
So - good news for arms dealers and oil barons. Not so good for the civilians caught in the cross fire. But as non-billionaires they don't really figure anyway.
And once again (with a nod to Drew and dKos)
reality outstrips satire.