On July 15, 2006 the Zetas were asked on the GodlikeProduction Live Radio show what the agenda behind the provocation of Hezbollah by Israel had occurred. Israeli soldiers had crossed the border into Lebanon, their soldiers captured. Israel had started the missile war, lobbing the first missle. The Zetas stated Israel and the US hoped to force the reluctant US Military to engage Syria and Iran.
- Is the sudden Israeli confrontation with Lebanon incited? Look at the rhetoric from the mouths of spokespersons for the US and Israel. Iran and Syria must stop their activities! Lebanon attacks, and now we are engaging Syria and Iran! Just what the Bush Administration and Israel wanted! While the reluctant US military is stuck in Iraq at present, trying to bring the troops home and slip away as quickly as possible, the Bush Administration is trying to force them into a war with Iran.
- ZetaTalk: Hezbollah, writen Jul 15, 2006
On July 26, 2006, Harper's magazine reported that Bush intended to assign up to 30,000 troops in Lebanon, a move supported by the White House and civilian leadership in the Pentagon, but not the uniformed Military.
- Harper's: Former official says Bush mulling sending American troops to Lebanon
July 26, 2006
- A well-connected former CIA officer has told Harper's Magazine Washington bureau chief that the Bush Administration is considering deploying US troops to Lebanon. The officer, who had broad experience in the Middle East while at the CIA, noted that NATO and European countries, including England, have made clear that they are either unwilling or extremely reluctant to participate in an international force. Given other nations' lack of commitment, any "robust" force-between 10,000 and 30,000 troops, according to estimates being discussed in the media-would by definition require major U.S. participation. According to the former official, Israel and the United States are currently discussing a large American role in exactly such a multinational deployment, and some top administration officials, along with senior civilians at the Pentagon, are receptive to the idea. The uniformed military, however, is ardently opposed to sending American soldiers to the region. Most of our combat-ready divisions are in Iraq or Afghanistan, or on their way, or coming back. The generals don't like it because we're already way overstretched.The former CIA officer said that the Bush Administration seems not to understand Hezbollah's deep roots and broad support among Lebanon's Shiites, the country's largest single ethnic bloc. A U.S. force is going to end up making, not keeping, peace with Hezbollah. Once you start fighting in a place like that you're basically at war with the Shiite population. That means that our soldiers are going to be getting shot at by Hezbollah. This would be a sheer disaster for us.
Meanwhile, the US is the only country blocking condemnation of Israel in the UN, and the only country failing to call for a ceasefire among nations meeting on the issue. Clearly, they want something other than a ceasefire!
- The summit fails. War rages
Guardian July 27, 2006
- Fighting escalated on both sides as the much-vaunted peace conference in Rome broke up after failing to reach agreement to call for an immediate ceasefire. Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, backed by Margaret Beckett, the foreign secretary, resisted calls from 13 other countries, as well as the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, for such a ceasefire.
- Signs of the Times #1621
- Hezbollah Drone Attacks Israeli Warship [Jul 14] Hezbollah rammed an Israeli warship with an unmanned aircraft rigged with explosives and set it ablaze Friday, after attack jets smashed Lebanon's links to the world one by one and destroyed the headquarters of the Islamic guerrilla group's leader. The attack on the warship off Beirut's Mediterranean coast - which left four sailors missing - was the most dramatic incident on a violent day in the conflict that erupted suddenly and appeared to be careening out of control despite pleas from world leaders for restraint on both sides. [and from another] Syria calls for Hezbollah cease fire [Jul 14] In a significant move, the Syrian ambassador to London, in an interview with the BBC, called on Hezbollah to stop firing missiles at Israel. [and from another] Israel gives Syria ultimatum [Jul 15] http://www.ynetnews.com/ Israel gave Syria 72 hours to stop Hezbollah's activity.