By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer
"JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that the fighting in Lebanon would end when two Israeli soldiers were freed, rocket attacks stopped and the Lebanese army deployed along the border. But he appeared to scale back from previous demands for Hezbollah to be dismantled."
Well, one out of three ain’t bad, but the Hizballahis are going to keep shooting and the Lebanese Army is about half Shia, so…
It was really clear in President Bush’s on-mike aside to Blair at the G-8 luncheon that Iranian and Hizballah belligerence and recklessness were met in this "operation" by a combined Israeli/US ineptitude and incomprehension that stagger the mind.
Since Israel will not be willing to be humiliated by Hizballah’s continued presence in the border country, and since the only way to stop the shelling of north Israel is to push back the enemy "gun line," then it is virtually inevitable that Israel will re-occupy a piece of South Lebanon. De-population of that strip may be in the cards to prevent guerrillas action there in the future.