The crisis in the Middle East is getting worse by the day. Unfortunately, President Bush appears to think that asking Syria to stop “this sh..” will take care of the problem. So he has done little to ensure a ceasefire. G8, UN, none of these organizations are able to intervene to the extent of at least ensuring an immediate stop to the violence and killing of innocent people. Its an appalling state of affairs. It sounds like the US is waiting for Israel to beat the “crap” out of Lebanon before they intervene. Israeli justification being “Hey, they are throwing rockets at us and have kidnapped our folks, so what do you expect us to do?” (Its hard to argue with a nation surrounded by enemies. Its only natural that they press the panic button). So the US waiting game continues while innocent people get killed in Lebanon. Instead of preventing the extremist Islamic forces from around the world over gathering under Ahmedinijad’s call to “destroy Israel from the map of the world”, the current approach of the US is only going to hasten the coming together of the extremists elements. Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, LeT, LeQ …the list just keeps growing.
The current approach of the leading nations of the world is only going to strengthen the hold of Hezbollah in Lebanon, similar to the rise of Hamas in Palestine. If Israel thinks that the Lebanese are going to turn against Hezbollah because of this conflict, they are mistaken. The Islamic countries involved in the Middle East need to step away from the “destroy Israel” mind-set. It hasn’t worked and it’s unlikely the US is ever going to let it happen. The US for its part needs to badly reach out to the Muslim world instead of continuing to appear as a blatant Israel backer. There are no easy solutions but there is definitely a need to re-think on both sides and on the part of the US. Easier said than done, but better to attempt a solution than to let the crisis continue to linger after over five decades of Arab-Israeli conflicts.