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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's only words

Gabriel Schoenfeld cites Aviation Week, which cites some definitive statistics about Hezbullah's missile supply in southern Lebanon.
In Lebanon are 3,000-4,000 medium-range rockets that can fire from both north and south of the Litani River, say Israeli analysts. Additional hundreds of long-range rockets can fire from deep in Lebanon to deep into Israel. Depots of missiles are now located in the Bekaa Valley and south of the Litani with a strategic reserve stashed in Beirut.
Schoenfeld notes that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had this to say back in April regarding the possibility that Syria was supplying Hezbullah with SCUD missiles.
We have spoken out forcefully about the grave dangers of Syria's transfer of weapons to Hezbollah. We condemn this in the strongest possible terms and have expressed our concerns directly to the Syrian Government. Transferring weapons to these terrorists – especially longer-range missiles – would pose a serious threat to the security of Israel. It would have a profoundly destabilizing effect on the region. And it would absolutely violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which bans the unauthorized importation of any weapons into Lebanon.
Schoenfeld asks whether Clinton's words have any policy implications.

Well, of course they don't. As I explained here (actually regarding the same Clinton speech), it's like this:

Yes, it's only words. Don't expect the Obama administration to do anything to help Israel.

What could go wrong?


At 3:30 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - its not Obama you should be criticizing.

Why have Israel's leaders accepted Hezbollah's rearmament without doing anything to stop it? Or are they waiting for Hezbollah to attack Israel first?

Obama can't stop Israel from defending itself. The cowardice in Jerusalem speaks for itself.


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