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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped; Lebanese Ministers Refuse Responsibility

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Fighting in Israel has erupted again as terrorist group Hizballah attacked and kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers, while killing 8 others. Lebanon's Council of Ministers has denied responsibility.

Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has said the kidnappings will be treated as the acts of a sovereign country. The Jerusalem Post quotes Olmert as saying it was an "act of war."

Then, what do you make of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah's denial that the government even knew? Nasrallah said in a press conference that this was solely Hizballah's act.

The question is, can it be considered an act of war when the government's Council of Ministers refuses responsibility for the act? (Though, in contradiction with Nasrallah, the Hizballah ministers and a Cabinet ally opposed the statement...)
Can you not consider it an act of war when the perpetrating group (Hizballah) is part of the government?

The answers to these questions will naturally be of key importance to how Israel reacts.

The paramount question, though, hasn't yet been asked. What does the international community do with the real Axis of Evil? Namely, what is to be done with Syria, Iran, Hizballah and Hamas?

I knew the media were being mediocre in their coverage of Lebanon and Hizballah.

Information is based on the Jerusalem Post and the Lebanese Bloggers, especially Raja.

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Update: Katyushas fired from Lebanon have killed a person and injured a dozen others, in what is apparently the first attack using a 25 km range version of the missile.

Update 2: Apparently, some of the terrorists involved in the Shalit kidnapping have been injured in an assassination attempt. Additionally, Hamas has fired more Qassam rockets at Israel.

Update 3: In what may be payback for the recent hacking of Israeli servers, it appears Hizballah's Al-Manar is offline. Google search brought me to the channel's website, which could not be found. In fact, upon further investigationg, BOTH of the almanar websites are out. Great!

Update 4: Oh, but apparently islamic digest is still running. What I find absolutely hilarious is that even the terrorists use Google ads! Not only that, but Dairy Salami (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the Hizballah webmasters are stationed) also has bandwidth problems! Of course, lest anyone plagiarize their jihad, the lot of it is protected under a Creative Commons copyright.

Ah yes, the wonders of technology breakdowns truly are great.

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