While you may have been busy with important prep for Obama's speech tonight, the country of Lebanon just left the building. Well they made Hezbollah's chosen candidate Prime Minister, and that is pretty bad news. There was little enough control, well OK basically none over Hezbollah previously, but now the Iranian proxy will almost certainly ramp up all their bad projects.
They have completely rebuilt and over-re-armed all of their armed enclaves near the Israeli border. The only way the UN observers could have been more helpful to this process was if they had actually unloaded the trucks full of rockets and other weaponry rolling in from Syria instead of just standing by and watching them roll in.
This mess has been brewing for decades but came to a head last month.
Hezbollah left the government to protest Hariri's refusal to renounce a controversial United Nations tribunal investigating the assassination of his father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in 2005. The bombing that killed the elder Hariri left 22 others dead as well. Sealed indictments handed down last week are widely expected to accuse members of Hezbollah of orchestrating the bombing, an accusation that the group staunchly denies.
There is conclusive evidence that Hezbollah killed Hariri including cell phone records tracking their people directly to the scene. This really makes it tough for all of the apologists who claim that they are really just a charity group that helps the poor people of Lebanon. Of course they do charity work and other social welfare actions, but those are merely a facade which attempts, and fails miserably, to hide the terrorist apparatus that is Hezbollah's true purpose.
What will this portend? Oh all kinds of nastiness, and when you tie this to a good possibility that what passes for leadership among the Palestinians may fall, it's gonna get uglier.
After assuming the role of prosecutor and judge, Al- Jazeera, the Arab world’s most influential TV network, has ruled that the leaders of the Palestinian Authority have betrayed their people and must therefore step down from the stage.
The “defendants” have been found guilty of ceding control over most of east Jerusalem to Israel, relinquishing the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees and conducting security coordination with Israeli security authorities.
This is all tied to the release of the Palestine Papers by al Jaz and they are certainly living up to the metaphor of a show trial. The question is what happens if they succeed and Abbas falls. That country is nearly devoid of uncorrupted politicians and one of it's two political parties is a terrorist group that out radicals Hezbollah. So yeah, next Summer is probably gonna be a hot one in the area and it wouldn't be surprising at all for Israel to be fighting terrorist enemies on two borders. We gotta look at cutting our defense budget and reaping some of this Obama charm offensive's peace dividend.