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Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Let me die with the Phillistines'

Tell me he won't be foolish enough to try this.

Naharnet cites a Haaretz report (which I could not find), which claims that Hezbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah (pictured with Rafik al-Hariri in 2001) plans to initiate a war against Israel to distract attention from the upcoming indictments against his organization for murdering Rafik al-Hariri.
There have been an increasing number of reports lately hinting at Hizbullah's preparations for a war against Israel, Haaretz went on to say, referring to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai Al-Aam which said Hizbullah has completed its preparations for a war against Israel, including the construction of an extensive network of tunnels throughout the whole of Lebanon.

Haaretz said the report comes amidst the threat of an escalation against Israel when the findings of the STL are published in the near future.

According to the report, Hizbullah has completed equipping its arsenal of missiles and weapons and finished building its defensive network against a possible Israeli attack. The network stretches from the length of the Lebanon's coast to the country's mountainous eastern region.

According to the same report, the decision whether to go to war is in Hizbullah's hands.

It said that the training undergone by Israeli soldiers would not aid them against Hizbullah due to the differing nature of the tunnels.
This sounds more like a threat than an actual plan. If Hezbullah actually did this, it would bring enormous casualties on both sides, and would probably set Lebanon back to the 8th century or thereabouts. I look at this as Nasrallah posturing to try to get Saad Hariri to call off the investigation. Even if he wanted to do this, I don't believe the Iranians would let him right now.

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