From the Department of Huh?, Israelis calling themselves the Gilad Shalhevet Brigades claim to have kidnapped two Palestinians from Jerusalem, tit for tat.
Nice gesture, but don't be naive-the Palestinians care even less about their civilians than they do about yours.
Good: The chief of the IDF's Northern Command says the IDF has hit "hundreds of targets" in Lebanon since yesterday.
That sounds rather more impressive than "we bombed the airport runway". I hope a good chunk of Hezbollah's Iranian-supplied arsenal has been destroyed. Does anyone else get the uneasy feeling that Iran told Hezbollah to get busy distracting Israel because they're about ready with their nuclear weapon and they don't want the Israelis to bomb them first? In fact, could it be that both the North Koreans and Hezbollah have recently flared up specifically as a favor to their Iranian friends? What are those deranged lunatics cooking up for 8/22?
Geostrategery-Direct says Ahmadinejad's Aug 22nd date has apocalyptic implications:
The U.S. intelligence community has not been surprised by Iran's refusal to respond to a Western incentive package to suspend its uranium enrichment. Intelligence sources said Iran, following North Korea's model, intends to delay any response or negotiations for as long as possible.
The European Union and the United States demanded that Iran reply to the Western incentive package of nuclear technology, fuel and aircraft by June 29. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Teheran would submit an answer by Aug. 22.
The U.S. intelligence community has been trying to figure out why Ahmadinejad chose that date. Sources said the community was stumped until some Islam experts translated the Gregorian date to that of the Muslim calendar.
Then came the surprise that has the intelligence community worried.
Aug. 22 corresponds to Rajab 27 on the Muslim calendar. The date is called Lailat Al Israa, when Mohammed ascended t o heaven from the Al Aqsa mosque to receive the five daily prayers. Later, Al Aqsa came to represent Jerusalem.
The Muslim commemoration is meant to be a night of struggle, accompanied by thunder and lightening, resembling the story of Moses ascending Mount Sinai to receive the Old Testament.
Ahmadinejad could be hinting to the West that he is preparing a major attack on Israel. Or, the Iranian president could be warning that unless the West caves in, he would escalate tension in the region. The lightening in Mohammed's story could represent Iranian missiles.
What is clear is that Ahmadinejad does not see himself as an Iranian leader, but a Muslim prophet, using imagery to portray himself as a messiah for both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
Finally, a short and sweet one from JINSA: Sweet and short at JINSA: Chickens Have “Wings”; Governments Have Partners in Crime
Now Hezbollah has crossed the international border between Israel and Lebanon - demarcated by the UN - fired Katyushas on civilians, killed seven soldiers and kidnapped two others. Was it Hezbollah’s “terrorist wing” operating in southern Lebanon, managing the missiles sent and operated by the Iranian Republican Guard? Or was it Hezbollah’s “political wing” with a minister in the government in Beirut?
Who cares? Chickens have wings; governments have partners in crime.
Prime Minister Olmert called it an act of war, an unprovoked assault by one sovereign nation against another. Let’s not entertain rubbish about poor Beirut not controlling the southern part of Lebanon. They don’t control it because they chose not to dismantle Hezbollah in the face of Iranian, Palestinian and Syrian opposition and they thought they had plausible deniability for the havoc Hezbollah would wreak in Israel.
France, Great Britain, Japan, Germany and the EU indeed balanced their denunciation of Hezbollah with calls for Israeli restraint (the EU warned Israel to respect the international border). Our own government was better, holding “Syria and Iran, which have provided long-standing support for Hezbollah, responsible for today’s violence … Hezbollah’s terrorist operations … are an affront to the sovereignty of the Lebanese Government.” Almost right, but Hezbollah’s very existence is an affront.
I'd like to know who wrote that.