The war with Iran has begun

From the NY Sun

Hat tip to Atlas Shrugs

TEL AVIV, Israel — The war with Iran has begun.

Just last Friday, Iranian President Ahmadinejad warned that Israel’s return to Gaza could lead to an “explosion” in the Islamic world that would target Israel and its supporters in the West. “They should not let things reach a point where an explosion occurs in the Islamic world,” he said.

“If an explosion occurs, then it won’t be limited to geographical boundaries. It will also burn all those who created [Israel] over the past 60 years,” he said, implicitly referring to America and other Western nations who support Israel.

Years from now, the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit will be regarded like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Against the backdrop of Kassam rocket fire on Israelis living within range of the Gaza Strip, it was the fate of Corporal Shalit that triggered the Israeli return to Gaza, which in turn brought the Hezbollah forces into the game.

Israel is fighting two Iranian proxies on two fronts. It may, or may not, open a third front against a third Iranian proxy, Syria. It is from the Syrian capital that Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas, has been laying down Palestinian Arab negotiating conditions. Why listen to Mr. Meshaal? Because the Hamas troops are loyal to him, rather than to their erstwhile leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah, let alone the increasingly (as if that were possible) hapless Palestinian Arab leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

Iran and Syria are certainly behind the Hamas and Hizbollah escalation. Ahmadinejad should be worried about explosions in the Islamic world, especially those dropped from Israeli F 16’s. The next time Israel buzzes Syrian President Assad’s summer home perhaps they will leave something behind.

Iran could very well have manipulated Hamas and Hizbullah to escalate this conflict to distract the UNSC from its focus on Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programs.

Updated: Hat tip to Blogs of War

Ahmadinejad continues verbal assault, and offers “decisive support” to Hamas and Hizbollah terrorists. In One of the more telling statements in the article:

The official news agency IRNA reported earlier that Larijani (Iran’s top national security official), during a flying visit to close ally Syria on Wednesday, had declared “the Islamic republic’s decisive support for the Palestinian and the Lebanese resistance against Israel.”

The report said Larijani had met “Palestinian movement leaders who are against the peace process”, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC).

Assorted Babble has more

Update: 3:45

Fox news is reporting that the US has Vetoed a UNSC Resolution advanced by Qatar condeming the Israeli incursion into Gaza and strikes in Lebanon.

Update 5:30

Fox News is reporting that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Fired a missile with a range of about 50 – 60 Miles from Lebanon into Haifa.  

Saudi Arabia says Hezbollah guilty of `irresponsible actions` (Reuters)

Iran warns of ‘fierce response’ should Israel strike at Syria

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a “fierce response”, state television reported.

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