Today

Michael J. Totten is back and writing about Lebanon.

Here (there’s a photo)a Christian mob smashes a car in Beirut for displaying a Hezbollah logo. My friend Carine says the atomosphere reeks of impending sectarian conflict like never before. Another Lebanese blogger quotes a radical Christian war criminal from the bad old days who says the civil war will resume a month after Israel cools its guns: “Christians, Sunnis and Druze will fight the ‘fucker Shia’, with arms from the US and France.”

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In the meantime Israel decides not to expand offensive.
and
Al-Qaeda wants in now too.

It is a Jihad for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails … from Spain to Iraq,” al-Zawahri said. “We will attack everywhere.” Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims until they were driven from power at the turn of the 16th century.

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These are to be filed under “it’s a new odd world”:
The IDF is calling Palestinians and warning them out of places they (the IDF) are going to bomb.
AND
Someone is text messaging Israeli’s with odd threats or is it a warning?

“Now Now Now…Go out from your home Hizballah willing shelling of the area, Israel Government Cheating you And refuse recognition Defeat.”

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In the NY Times there is an article on the call for a ceasefire. I find it very interesting that in all these calls for ceasefires, they are talking about Israel. Are they negotiating with Nasrallah too? Has he agreed to put down arms?

“We demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities, and the majority of the other parties insisted on our line,” the French foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, said in a telephone interview from Rome, but the Americans disagreed.

We demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities but the Americans disagreed. Does that mean that we said,
“Keep up the bombing.” to Hezbollah?
I doubt that. Does that mean that the majority of parties agreed that everyone should stop bombing or only that Israel should stop bombing.
Mr. Foreign minister isn’t clear.
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Moving on.
Dr. Demarche has some remarks on the “surprise” Israel reaction. Which reminded me that I wanted to do a direct link to Claudia Rosett’s column in regards to the UN and Hezbollah. In regards to the UN, be sure to read about the report on the email from the Canadian UN peacekeeper who died. Earlier he had forwarded information that Hezbollah was using them as shields.

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