Friday, August 11, 2006

Lebanon: Next Steps?

Dry Bones cartoon - Lebanon: Next Steps?

Meanwhile, the confrontation with Hezbollah's Iranian masters is looming ever larger. Consider the following two stories you might have missed:

Ahmadinejad To Nuke Israel On August 22?
August 8, 2006
by Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus at Princeton

"What is the significance of Aug. 22? This year, Aug. 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427.

This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to "the farthest mosque," usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."


Israel to Nuke Ahmadinejad?
August 9, 2006
by Aaron Klein

"HAIFA, Israel – German engineers the past few weeks have been in Israel working to improve three advanced, nuclear capable attack submarines it provided the Jewish state last year, security sources tell the Galil Report.

Many here have estimated the vessels can be used both as a strategic, second-strike nuclear deterrent or for conventional use during any large-scale confrontation.

Military officials say the submarines are not needed for Israel's current campaign in Lebanon. The officials said Israel recently has discussed with foreign governments travel and refueling routes so the submarines can reach the Persian Gulf – within firing distance of Iran."


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The first story was from Aug. 8,
The second from Aug. 9.
Then, on Aug. 10, the third highly improbable story broke:

21 Hijackers Planned a Second 911

"Police said on Wednesday that a foiled plot to blow up aircraft flying from Britain to the United States was "an attempt to commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale".

Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson, from London's Metropolitan Police, told a news conference that officers are confident the operation, which saw 21 people arrested, disrupted a bid to cause "untold death and destruction".


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