September 12, 2007

Oy Vey!

Weird and ominous stuff going on in Israel and environs:
  • Israeli planes did something in Syria, leaving fuel tanks in their wake, with the Arab world strangely quiet and the North Koreans whining.

  • Homemade rockets from Gaza wounded some 60 Israeli army recruits, and so far the Israeli response has been mild, even as the Hamas guys in Gaza go into hiding, fearing retaliation.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, who has zero popularity and might be indicted any day, and feckless Palestinian leader Abbas, who doesn't control half of the potential rump state of Palestine, are talking peace and preparing for an international conference.

  • War drums are beating between Israel and Syria, but neither seems really to want a war now.

  • The Jerusalem Post reports that because Germany won't go along with sanctions against Iran, Washington is planning a bombing campaign against Iran--for the Presidential election season.

  • It's Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah.
Most crises aren't Sarajevo 1914. There are lots of nasty variables knocking around out there, though, and Israel, the US, and Palestine are all run by idiots.

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