Thursday, July 13, 2006

Apocalypse Now...or Later?

Wait...this isn't the way LaHaye and Jenkins said it would go down..."Left Behind" my ass:

Israel imposed a full naval blockade on Lebanon on Thursday and put Beirut’s international airport out of commission, and the militant group Hezbollah loosed a hail of rockets and mortar shells that killed two Israelis and sent thousands into bomb shelters.

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Hezbollah fired more than 120 Katyusha rockets and mortar shells into Israel on Thursday, Israeli officials said. The barrage killed a woman on her balcony in Nahariya and a man in Safed, and wounded more than 100 other Israelis in some 20 towns and villages, including Haifa, Safed and Carmiel. Israeli officials said it was the first time Haifa had been hit by rocket fire from Lebanon.

That's not the worst part...the worst part is, it appears that Iran may have fired missiles at Haifa as well. And, if not, still:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a "fierce response", state television reported.
Firing missiles at Israel isn't so much a casus belli as it is a started belli.

Well, bright side, I guess we're approaching an answer to the Iranian question--and that answer appears to be another question: What Iran? This could get ugly. Quick.

See here for regularly updated live-blogging of the crisis. Me? I've still gotta finish my "Things to do before I'm drafted because we invaded FRIGGING Iran" list. Basically its just a list of names for potential ska bands and crudely drawn sketches of perpetual motion machines.

Sigh. Maybe this whole situation isn't as bad as I'm making it out to be--things rarely are. But, man, that whole area is a gasoline-soaked tinderkeg, and Hizbollah/Iran aren't the people you want stumbling around it, smoking a big wad of hashhish.

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