August 10, 2006
Dogs of War Unleashed Israel/Lebanon WarTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Notice that I call it the Israel/Lebanon war, not the Israel/Hezbollah war.
And keep in mind that the Lebanese Army is 40 percent Shiite (read Hezbollah), it participated in the Hezbollah missile attack on the Israeli warship, and Hezbollah could barely hold back visible laughter when the Lebanese government proposed sending the Lebanese Army to southern Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah and keep in from firing rockets into Israel. It was as though Hezbollah thinks that the entire Israeli cabinet had just fallen off the proverbial turnip truck.
With these little caveats in mind, of interest here is that the lead dogs of war are being unleashed and the fight in Lebanon is about to heat up.
Hezbollah has called in Imad Mughniyeh to command the soutehrn front. He's described as the islamic movement's most regarded field commander, wanted for the U.S. embassy bombing in Lebanon, and is considered to be the one person that has both the trust of Khemeini and Bin Laden (He also has a long history of terrorism, including the kidnappings of Israeli soldiers - see link).Interestingly related: Osama or the Lebanese Carlos?
Mughniyeh is rated the world Islamic terror movement's most outstanding field commander. Therefore, while the appointment is a measure of Israel's belated military success in the Lebanese war, it also brings the conflict ever closer to two dangerous orbits - Tehran and al Qaeda.
Israel in turn called in Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski to handle its nortehrn front. The dude is aninfantry man, a war veteran, and was head of the recon unit in the first Lebanon war. He knows this region and fought Hezbollah before.
Posted by Richard at August 10, 2006 4:30 PM
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