Sunday, July 30, 2006

The conflict escalating

Deadly Israeli Attack Escalates Conflict and it's clear that the Bush team missed a crucial window of opportunity to act, early on, to quell this war:
At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.

Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official statements.
Update: Israel's halting airstrikes for 48 hrs.