ISRAELI warplanes today bombed runways at Beirut's Rafiq Hariri International Airport, which was then closed to traffic, a Lebanese aeronautic source said.
Witnesses said there were at least two raids on an eastern runway while Lebanese anti-aircraft batteries frantically fired at the invading planes.
The bombing of the airport, recently named after former premier Hariri who was assassinated in February 2005, came after nearly 24 hours of Israeli bombardments, up to then concentrated on bridges linking south Lebanon with the rest of the country.
The military action started after the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement in a border operation.
So the Israeli's bombed an airport and a series of bridges in response to a terrorist group taking 2 of their soldiers hostage. Even and balanced response I'm sure.
The Israeli's have been on a huge power trip since they were given their land after World War II 60 years ago. I really wonder if it was a good decision to strip the arab nations of their land without any sort of agreement and give it to the jews. I won't go so far as to say that Iran, Syria and Lebanon should bomb Israel back to the stone ages but a couple of good jew poundings might actually help things in the middle east. Bring everyone back to the same level so talks between the arab nations might actually get somewhere and produce some meaningful results.
And as expected:
The White House, which considers Hezbollah a terrorist outfit, condemned the capture of the soldiers and pointed the finger at Israel's two main foes, Iran and Syria, which both bankroll the fundamentalist Shiite movement.
"We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the two soldiers. We also hold Syria and Iran, which directly support Hezbollah, responsible for this attack and for the ensuing violence," said national security spokesman Frederick Jones.
Washington also defended Israel's ground incursion into Lebanon -- the first since the 2000 pullout, saying its chief Middle East ally was entitled to defend itself against "terrorist" attacks.
If this was North Korea responding to South Korea capturing a couple of their soldiers, there would be a massive outcry and the world would demand North Korea to pull their head in or risk getting bombed. Are the jews so far entrenched in the US system that blind support for Israel is not just advised, but is mandatory?
And don't you just love how the US can drag Iran and sometimes Syria into any situation that they see fit...