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Monday, May 21, 2007

Lebanon, Syrian Missile Purchase and Iran's Percentage in the Deal

Funny thing with peace deals with entities in the Middle East; they never manage to remain peaceful. Ultimately this all revolves around the fact that the main aim is the destruction of Israel, not a Palestinian state as so often is claimed. If a state were actually what they were all after, there would be a state.

Be sure to remember that those killed are not just by Israel when the twisting propaganda chooses to paint it so; Reuters:

“Lebanese tanks shelled Islamist militants in a Palestinian refugee camp on Monday and at least nine civilians were killed, raising the death toll in two days of fighting to 66, security sources said.”

“Palestinian sources in Nahr al-Bared said the bombardment had killed nine civilians and wounded 20. They feared the toll would rise. Aid workers, who earlier evacuated nine civilians, waited on the edge of the camp for a lull in the fighting.”

The NYTimes reports that:

“The Israeli Air Force launched new strikes against targets in Gaza today, a day after bombing the home of a Hamas Parliament member in Gaza, killing eight people.”

“At least four members of the group Islamic Jihad, on their way to launch rockets at Israel, were killed in a strike that destroyed their car near the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, according to Reuters, which cited the militant group.”

As is often the case in the Middle East, sides run into vision problems that allow each to see different things. The vision issue here regards the death of one man reported as being killed by an Israeli strike at what Israel says was a “rocket making facility,” while the Palestinians called it “a stonemason’s shop.”

I have faith in Israeli vision, as the others vision tends to see what will work as the best propaganda. When the nation of Israel does as much as it can conceivably to do honor efforts aimed at peace with Palestine; Palestine dishonors them.

More than 150 rockets have been launched at Israel since Tuesday,” which is what started this whole conflagration.

Syria Adds to the Mix

According to Reuters:

“Lebanese government ministers say Fatah al-Islam is a tool used by Syria to stir instability in an effort to derail U.N. moves to set up an international court to try suspects in the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.”

Syria's Assad buddies with Iran's ever lovable Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; a tidbit on a military purchase Syria recently made with Russia:

Syria struck a $730 million deal with Russia earlier this year for some 50 Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled short-range gun and missile air defense systems.”

Syria however will not deploy all of the 50 Pantsyr-S1E systems, it actually has plans to offload 10 of the systems to…surprise!!!!....Iran!!! Haaretz reports that:

“Jane's said Iran would take delivery of the systems in late 2008. To reward Syria for its middleman role, Tehran would part-finance Syria's Pantsyrs as well as paying for its own.”

Iran always gets in there somehow…

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