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Submitted by Jay (United States), Aug 3, 2006 at 03:04

There are so many things about this Israeli Lebanon conflict that doesnt make sense that one really doesnt know where to begin.Its no wonder that an awful lot of folks cant imagine how it will end.

The conflict begins with this premise.The United Nations who forever is telling Israel how to behave and where to withdraw had a simple mission bestowed to them.Upon the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon six years ago, prevent or at least monitor any brewing problem in south Lebanon and take note or action.

The worsts of worsts occurred.The UN didnt even take action to note that right under their noses and between their feet came Hezbollah and their 15,000 missiles. How can this be?We know their phones work.Time magazine should really do a cover on these blue helmet guys.Didnt Ariel Sharon make Time magazine when he was indirectly implicated at Shatilla for being around the area and not preventing what he should have known?

Then theres the issue of what to call this conflict.The in vogue name of this conflict is the hezbollah Israel war even though hezbollah is a part of the Lebanon government, but the Lebanon government is not strong enough to prevent a part of their government from forming a militia and attacking a sovereign nation.Worse yet. A part of the proposed solution is to bring the Lebanon military into southern Lebanon to exercise control over the whole country knowing full well that Hezbollah is part of the government and will be part of that military?

And last but not least it is Iran and Syria that has formed, funded and assisted hezbollah and neither one of those countries has lost an olive?No better yet.Nasrallah and hezbollah,the agents of Iran and Syria are becomming heroes of the Arab street with south Lebanon in flames, because all can be forgiven provided you rebond the street with the hate Israel addiction and the magic middle eastern "n" words "the zionists".

So if a lot of countries arent sure when, how, or if they should provide members to an international force-the question becomes why should they? To define a solution you have to define the problem.You need to be a middle eastern math genius to count them all.

To address Dr.Pipes point -yes Syria should be held accountable.In a perfect world what ever missles Israel captures from hezbollah should be sent air mail back to Syria. No stamps required.

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