Friday, July 21, 2006

BULLETIN No.146

Ha’aretz –Schiff 1982 versus 2006 The current conflict differs from its 1982 processor in terms of its background, objective and modus operandi
Asia Times Lebanon left for dead Events in Lebanon fall into the pattern of a master plan drawn up by US neo-conservatives for Israel 10 years ago. The "getting rid of Saddam Hussein" part has already been accomplished. The degradation of the Palestinians is ongoing. The "destabilizing of Syria in Lebanon" took place last year. The next step would be hitting at both Syria and Iran via Lebanon. - Pepe Escobar
PINR "Intelligence Brief: Israel's Strategic Security" Full text of report
Marcus A race against the clock Complete victory is not the probable outcome of Israel's battle against Hezbollah. Instead, Jerusalem should set its goal as teaching it a lesson it won't forget soon.
The Economist The accidental war A pointless war that no one may have wanted and no one can win should stop now:
Editorial More Than a Cease-Fire Needed Lebanon needs more than U.S. marines to evacuate Americans. It needs the fighting to stop and the international community to step in and guarantee the security of Israel and Lebanon.
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Order vs. Disorder The forces of disorder — Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Iran — are a geopolitical tsunami that we need a united front to defeat.
Christian Science Monitor Can Israel's use of force fell Hizbullah? Sheer might may curb Hizbullah's ability to strike, but won't destroy it, some say
Hezbollah is fighting to the death, but who is it? For ten days, Israel's F16 warplanes have pounded Hezbollah with hundreds of tonnes of bombs, yet the guerrilla group shows few signs of cracking
Damage assessment Drawing breath would not be a sign of Israeli weakness
Israel Preparing Major Ground Invasion
Hostage to Hezbollah "The violence done to Lebanon shall overwhelm you." By FOUAD AJAMI
The Times All-out war ahead as Israel says: Get out of southern Lebanon Using radio broadcasts and text messages to local officials, the Israelis told the remaining inhabitants of southern Lebanon to move above the Litani River
Rand Corporation Protecting U.S. Interests In the Middle East, By Robert E. Hunter
Dispatch From Beirut:
Why the current attacks are worse than the siege of 1982. Michael Young
Middle East: Israel's perilous overkill H.D.S. GREENWAY / The Boston Globe Which does the bombing of Beirut's civilian airport hurt more, Hezbollah or the vulnerable economy of Lebanon?
Siniora deserves full credit for wise leadership in Lebanon's darkest hour
Daily Star Giving some perspective to the Iran-Israel-US triangle By Trita Parsi
OpenDemocracy Israel: losing control Its Lebanese assault may at last bury Israel's "old" security model, says Paul Rogers
Financial Times COMMENT: The west's strategic failure lit the fires in the Middle East Tony Blair’s arc of extremism becomes an excuse for inaction, a diversion from the tasks at hand. Exhortation replaces engagement, emotional rhetoric hard commitment, writes Philip Stephens.
Rice poised for peace mission to Damascus
Arab regimes fear Islamists' political dividend
Guardian Government at odds on Lebanon Rift between Downing St and Foreign Office over Israel's bombing.
Christian Science Monitor Can Israel's use of force fell Hizbullah? Sheer might may curb Hizbullah's ability to strike, but won't destroy it, some say
Geopolitical Diary: Iran's Motives in Lebanon Stratfor
Daily Star Is Tehran emerging as regional winner? By Iason Athanasiadis
Forward Abbas Maleki: Why Not Involve Iran in Effort To Establish Order in Mideast?
Washington Isntitute Israel and Hizballah at War: A Status Report
RFE/RL Middle East: Hizballah -- Past And Present
Heritage Foundation U.S. Should Not Impose a Ceasefire Deadline on Israel by Ariel Cohen
Washington Post Lebanon's Dividers By Jim Hoagland, Once the region's business and pleasure center, Lebanon has allowed itself to become the killing ground of the Middle East. Today's Lebanon is a meeting place for the poisons and hatreds that six decades of conflict have spawned in its own citizens and its neighbors.
To Save a Revolution By David Ignatius, Supporting Israel and Lebanon at the same time is tricky -- but the U.S. needs to do it fast if it wants to defuse the Mideast conflict.
American Prospect Power Ploy by Marc Lynch Why three Arab regimes are publicly aligning themselves against Hezbollah and Iran.
Israel Aims to Create Lebanon Buffer Zone
Lebanon's Dividers By Jim Hoagland, Once the region's business and pleasure center, Lebanon has allowed itself to become the killing ground of the Middle East. Today's Lebanon is a meeting place for the poisons and hatreds that six decades of conflict have spawned in its own citizens and its neighbors.
Ha’aretz –Schiff 1982 versus 2006
The current conflict differs from its 1982 processor in terms of its background, objective and modus operandi
Analysis: The ground operation has begun under our noses
Hezbollah Shows No Signs of Breaking
4 IDF soldiers killed in clashes in south Lebanon
Nearly 20 percent of Lebanese population displaced by fighting
Yedioth Ahronoth Back to mutually assured destruction
Boston Globe Editorial The time to cease fire
KR Israel defiant as demands for cease-fire grow
In area around Hezbollah HQ, devastation is widespread
UPI Analysis: Hamas , Hezbollah, terrorists?
Outside View: U.S. vulnerable in Mideast
Military Matters: Hezbollah's achievement
Forward Experts Say Hezbollah Has Global Reach
Special Report: Hezbollah's Iranian Connection Stratfor
Lebanon: Hezbollah's Bunkers Stratfor
Is Israel Blackmailing the US?
Heritage Defanging Hezbollah: A Directed Energy Defense Could Help by James Jay Carafano,
BBC Hezbollah defies Israeli pressure Hezbollah's leader says Israeli attacks have not dented his group and resists calls to give up captured soldiers.
At-a-glance: Evacuations
Conflict tests Israeli leaders
Divided voices Lebanon crisis reveals stark divisions among its people Sistani calls for end to violence
Gaza: Despite Ties to Hamas, Militants Aren’t Following Political Leaders
me-ontarget.com Confronting Syria? There are those who demand that Israel engage Syria, seeing the Assad regime as responsible for the Hezbollah’s strength and overt hostility.
National Review Online Blogs Syria's Plan feature of Brammertz’s low-key June 2006 report was its stress on the central significance of “full and unconditional cooperation from Syria
David BrooksThe Fever Is Winning Can we use political reform to spark cultural change in the Middle East, or do we have to wait for cultural reformation before we can change politics?
Washington Post Bush Sees Mideast Strife As a Step Toward Peace In administration's view, the new conflict is not just a crisis to be managed, but also an opportunity to seriously degrade a big threat in the region.

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