Friday, August 11, 2006

Large Israeli Force Moving Into Lebanon

From the Associated Press:
Israel began an expanded ground offensive in southern Lebanon on Friday after expressing dissatisfaction over an emerging cease-fire deal in the United Nations, government officials said.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz decided to expand the offensive after meeting for four hours. Peretz instructed the military to launch the offensive, officials said.
The Israeli "dissatisfaction" stems from the lack of a "Chapter 7" clause in the resolution. Without Chapter 7, UN peacekeepers are not authorized to attack violators of the truce. That means that when the Hizballah terrorists begin firing Kayushas into Israel after an Israeli withdrawal, UN troops will watch, but not interfere.

Wesley Clark, military analyst for Fox News expects the Israeli force to advance quickly to the Litani River, bypassing Hizballah strongholds then backtracking to exterminate Hizballah terrorists. It is hoped that this tactic will prevent Hizballah terrorists from retreating to hide among Lebanon's civilian population.

What Israel really needs is an Inchon-style amphibious landing north of the Litani.