It's hard not to say Israel acted hastily in launching this ongoing assault on Lebanon and the Hezbollah organization.
What started, ostensibly, in response to the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers has now killed scores of people - many of them civilians - in Lebanon and Israel. I'd call that a monumental failure of diplomacy.
Hezbollah are no Boy Scouts, to be certain. But if the US were to start lobbing bombs at Canada or Mexico, for example, for not cracking down on terrorist activities within their borders we'd draw the condemnation of the civilized world. And we'd deserve it.
Lebanon has been a relatively quiet place for about 20 years. During the 80s they were featured on the news practically every evening. But then things calmed down a bit, and the country actually became a tourist destination. Unfortunately, it's once again becoming a terrorist destination.
What we're seeing on the news now is countries warning their people to get out of the region. The US has sent helicopters to the US embassy in Beirut to airlift Americans to Cypress. Shades of Hanoi, anyone?
Israel shouldn't depend on their old friends, the US, to help out if this thing escalates further. We're already waging war on several fronts; we've got more war going on than we know what to do with right now.
Of course, we may eventually have no choice. Other names are starting to be thrown around in this conflict, including Syria and Iran (that country we're all hoping to talk out of nukes is conveniently located between Iraq and Afghanistan). Connect the dots on a map of the Middle East and you have an all-out conflict from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf.
Can you say "world war?"
PS: New F13 is up.