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Might this be the Start of World War III?

Posted By Douglas J. Hagmann On July 13, 2006 @ 6:02 am In Douglas J. Hagmann,Editorials,Iran,Israel | Comments Disabled

Iran, Syria Send Terrorist Groups to Attack Israel; “Act of War” Declared by Israel

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

13 July 2006: I cannot recall the last time one of our military contacts has painted a more dire picture of global conflict, even musing that it appears “World War III” has begun. Perhaps historians will look back at the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, more specifically the initial kidnapping of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit, as an act similar to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that sparked World War I. “Iran is behind most of the events in the Middle East, using its ally Syria and terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah to facilitate and fulfill its apocalyptic visions.”

The recent attacks against Israel and kidnappings of the latest Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist group backed by Iran and Syria, caused Israel to fight on a second “active front.” Not only is Israel fighting the Islamic terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip in their search for Corporal Shalit, they were forced to open a second front in to fight Islamic terrorists in Lebanon as well. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, known to be fiercely loyal to Tehran, stated that he would free the kidnapped Israeli soldiers and would also manage the release of Corporal Shalit who is being held in Gaza, but only through a “prisoner swap.”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the Hezbollah raid and kidnappings not an act of terrorism, but an “act of war” by Lebanon and threatened “very, very, very painful” retaliation. Residents of northern Israeli were ordered to seek safety in underground bomb shelters as Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon launched missiles across the border throughout the day. The Hezbollah missile attacks killed an Israeli woman and wounded at least five civilians in the town of Nahariya, located on the Mediterranean coast just south of the Lebanese border.

Also in response to the kidnappings, Israeli warplanes blasted Hezbollah controlled southern Lebanon for a second straight day, and struck the runways of Beirut‘s International airport, shutting down all air traffic in and out of the Lebanese capital. A statement issued by Israeli’s military verified the bombing of the Beirut International airport runways, stating that it (the airport) “is a central hub for the transfer of weapons and supplies to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.” Israel last struck the Beirut International Airport in 1982, and entered Hezbollah controlled southern Lebanon to create a buffer zone intended to prevent attacks on Israel. The most recent major Israeli air, ground and sea offensive against Lebanon occurred in 1996.

The Start: Hamas vs. Israel in Gaza

On June 25, 2006, Palestinian terrorists attacked an army post inside Israel from Gaza and kidnapped Corporal Gilad Shalit, demanding the release of 1,500 prisoners held by Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ruled out any negotiations for Shalit’s return, saying that would only encourage more kidnappings. In response to the invasion, Israel sent troops into Gaza to search for the kidnapped soldier and carried out a number of air strikes on known terrorist strongholds in an effort to force the Palestinians to free Shalit.

On Wednesday, Israel dropped a 500 pound bomb in an effort to assassinate top Hamas fugitives, although a Hamas spokesperson said its leaders escaped harm. Palestinian security officials said Mohammed Deif, leader of Hamas’ military wing and topping Israel’s most wanted list for more than a decade, was among the wounded, reportedly suffering injuries that will likely leave him paralyzed.

Khaled MESHAAL, the exiled leader of Hamas living in Damascus, Syria, commands the loyalty of Hamas troops, rather than Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah. It is evident that MESHAAL is setting the Palestinian negotiating conditions and commanding Hamas military operations from Damascus.

Salah Bardawil, a spokesman for Hamas in the Palestinian parliament, said the Palestinians in Gaza “welcomed” the attack in Lebanon, hoping that it would shift Israel’s focus away from them. “Militarily, by opening a new front against Israel, it would ease the pressure on us. Israel is using a huge force in Gaza now. It will have to use part of its military capacity in Lebanon.”

However, an Israeli military official said the army had no intention of moving any forces from the Gaza theater of operation. According to the military official, the Israeli forces already engaged on the northern border would handle the conflict with Lebanon and be backed by reinforcements if needed.

Iran & Syria vs. Israel by Proxy; Israeli hostage crisis linked to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West

It should be quite transparent that the terrorist group Hezbollah acted on orders from Tehran to open a second front against Israel, partly to ease military pressure on Hamas in the Gaza Strip and partly to take attention away from Iran’s nuclear program. Incendiary remarks by Iranian President Ahmadinejad made last Friday warned that Israel’s return to Gaza would result in an “explosion” throughout the Islamic world that would target Israel and its allies in the West. By its facilitation of war-like actions in the Middle East, Tehran hopes to move the spotlight away from their nuclear program at the July 15th G-8 summit in St. Petersberg, Russia.

In consideration of that ominous warning by the Iranian leader, having Hezbollah open a second war front against Israel is also a logical move to ultimately engage U.S. and British forces in southern Iraq. According to Debka and substantiated by our own military contacts, Iran’s national security adviser and senior nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani traveled to Damascus aboard a special military plane on Wednesday. Also according to Debka, Larijani will remain in Damascus for the duration of the Israeli conflict, consistent with the recently implemented Iranian-Syrian mutual defense pact. His presence affirms Syrian’s solidarity with Iran, and links the Israeli hostage crisis to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West. To accentuate Syria and Iran’s culpability, the White House released a statement holding Syria and Iran responsible for Hezbollah’s abduction of the Israeli soldiers and demanded their immediate and unconditional release.

Fatah to use Female Suicide Bombers Against Israel Forces

Meanwhile, spokesmen for numerous military and political Muslim groups also expressed their hope that the Arabs and Muslims would eventually join the fight against Israel. Officials from Fatah, the largest organization in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), praised the attacks against Israel and described them as “heroic,” urging Hezbollah not to release the soldiers unless Israel agrees to free all Palestinian prisoners. The Fatah terrorist organization Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade just announced the establishment of a secret unit comprised of female suicide bombers from Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem.Um-al-Abed, a woman who claimed to be speaking for the terrorist group, told reporters at a news conference in Gaza this week, “We have so far recruited 100 women for the new unit.”

Several masked women who said they were Fatah members were also present at the gathering. “We are expecting more female suicide bombers,” said Um-al-Abed, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.

She said the women were planning to carry out attacks in response to Israeli military operations in Gaza. “The new unit is now preparing to launch attacks against Israel in retaliation for the Israeli aggression and crimes against our people in the Gaza Strip,” she said.

Since September of 2000, 7 women carried out homicide bombing attacks in Israel; four were members of Fatah, one was a member of Hamas and two were members of Islamic Jihad. The 7 female homicide bombers killed a total of 37 Israelis and injured more than 250 others.

In several places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the kidnapping of the two soldiers and to voice their support for Hezbollah.

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