A few days ago Israel threatened to set Lebanon “back 20 years” if the two captured Israeli soldiers weren’t returned. Looks like they’re making good.
The photo comes from the SF Chronicle – originally from Reuters. Casualties are starting to mount on both sides, though the Lebanese civilians are taking the worst of it.
In my view, Israel has to protect its soldiers. But tearing the whole country apart in retaliation seems a bit disproportionate. How was this bridge related to the captures? Well, according to some of the reports the Israelis are taking out all bridges that would enable Syrian support of Lebanese troops. I guess they’re anticipating a wider war.
“You wanted an open war and we are ready for an open war,” Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in a taped statement. He vowed to strike even deeper into Israel with rockets.
Meanwhile, I’ll be going home to my wife and kids tonight. We’ll be eating some spaghetti. I’ll probably play a game of Chutes and Ladders with my 4-year-old. After we get the kids asleep I’ll get on the stationary bike and watch something from Netflix. I may come online for a news update and some closing blog thoughts for the evening. I’ll walk my dog in the serene Redway air in the near full moon light. If it’s quiet enough I’ll be able to hear the Eel River as I walk down Redway Ave. I’ll then join my wife in bed without fear of aerial bombs, armed groups showing up at my door, or my child being killed at a nightclub by a suicide bomber of the same age. In my 40s I still wonder why I was fortunate enough to be born here and not there.