Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Lebanese Army Gets Squirrelly

Lebanon's defense minister wants no part of his assignment in south Lebanon, realizing Hezbollah's provocations are partially meant to bring an Israeli attack on his troops:

Defense Minister Elias Murr said Israel's raid in the eastern Bekaa Valley early Saturday was a violation of a UN-imposed cease-fire that ended fighting between Israel and Hizbullah.

"If there are no clear answers forthcoming on this issue, I might be forced to recommend to the Cabinet early next week the halt of the army deployment in the south," he told reporters after a meeting with UN representatives.

Murr said the IDF operation deep inside Lebanon could spark retaliation, which in turn could lead to Israeli reprisals. He suggested Israel might be trying to provoke a response, so it could have an excuse to attack the Lebanese army.

"We will not send the army to be prey in an Israeli trap," he said.

He said he believed Hizbullah was committed to the cease-fire, but said he worried Israel was trying to provoke retaliatory attacks from "any group that wants to cause a problem for Lebanon." He did not elaborate on which group that could be.

"It could be that they (the Israelis) are pushing it (any group) to fire a rocket on northern Israel, so that Israel can come and attack the Lebanese army," Murr said.

Note that he has nothing but praise for peace-loving Hezbollah, and diplomatically refuses to name that organization when discussing the strategy behind launching rockets into northern Israel.

Those cunning Israelis, able to magically cause peaceful, social justice advocates like Hezbollah terrorize Israel just so Israel can have a reason to attack Lebanon. It's quite brave of radical Muslims to take on an enemy with such pronounced supernatural powers.

On the same day as the Israeli raid in the Bekaa Valley, 50 French troops arrived in Lebanon. This represents fully 20% of the total French effort.

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