Monday, 2 August 2010

To shoot, or not to shoot

A news roundup:

It’s official, there’ll be war here in around 18 months. According to a report from the US Foreign Affairs council.

Wonderful. It’s a microcosm of the Glen Close factor. You have a great weekend and then you get this.

To summarize (take a deep breath):

Israel and Hizballah are ready to go for each other's throats Hizballah believes that Israel had a role to play in the Hariri tribunal Israel says it doesn’t have anything to do with it Israel says that any aggression from Hizballah will be met with force but it's not interested in war Hizballah says something similar the Israeli cabinet then meets to discuss the potential fall out of the tribunal and in the meantime an NGO reports that the two parties are only holding back because they’re afraid of escalation above and beyond 2006 but it’s all ok because the Saudis, Syrians and Qataris are going to ensure peace and stop the tribunal anyway


How’s that for Monday morning reading? Pretty much ruined my cornflakes, I can tell you.

Translation: 'We don't like each other. We are going to do something about it in the future. However, we're a little preoccupied at the moment and will get to it at some point in the future.'

 ... Perhaps that 18 month warning wasn't so far off base...

Happily, Lebanon’s still a banging tourist destination.