Hey all...after observing the news reports and international reaction to the present situation in The Mid-East, it seems there are certain countries that find themselves in the middle of this current conflict. It includes factors that create a severe environment: for the Mideast, it's becoming a Holy War of sorts, as evidenced by Iran taking it's stand against Israeli policy and their fight against terrorism. For the global environment as a whole, terrorism is the antagonist here. And to serve as an allegory for where the United States stands, we have 25,000 troops trapped in the middle of it all.
Israel's lack of consideration for Lebanese territory has raised concern throughout the Arab world. No doubt, the Israeli/Palestinian struggle has been well-documented and monitored by the Arab nation, and opinions here are strong.
Our country has already taken it's stand against certain situations in the Middle East by our past policies of creating democracies in both Afghanistan and Iraq; beyond that, Israeli military might can be somewhat contributed to the US's support and relationship w/ Israel. Tie in global concerns for oil prices, quite literal spikes in the price of crude oil barrels, and our utter dependence on foreign oil, we are very, very much involved.
Next, Iran seems to be involved in this whole ordeal- Hezbollah was born within Iranian borders. They are now firing missiles that were manufactured by the Iranian government, causing quite a stir and a revelation of sorts that shows how involved certain countries are. As per Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Israel is threatening the entire Arab community, and he will be quick to react should they force their will on any more of their neighbors. W/ his outrageous claims that the holocaust never even existed, and his self-proclaimed nuclear capabilities, this guy is a loose cannon poised to take a stand.
Switch over to Syria, who undoubtedly will face the same aggression that Lebanon is now facing from Israel if they continue to harbor terrorists that threaten Israeli security and well-being.
This is, in fact, a war on terrorism. The problem w/ this type of warfare is that there is no stationary target to invade; they simply move within one weak governmental construct to the next, driving a stake in between the involved countries. Israel's aggression, conviction, and low-tolerance toward terrorism is healthy, if indeed directed straight at these terrorist cells. But when they start bombing another country to find these criminals, there will be a governmental reaction, and a domino-effect from there...and terrorism, much like a biblical pure-evil, starts the whole process.
Not too far away, there is an unstable situation in North Korea. It seems Kim Jong Il Is ready and waiting for a distracted global state; it is very possible that when he acts, many other countries will be involved w/ a rebuttal.
To fuel the fire a bit more, and to wind this little piece down- we find ourselves at a biblical crossroads. Through my points above, there is an undeniable feeling that aggression can escalate- to a holy level. A world-wide conflict, antagonized by terrorism- evil itself. Without direct reference, the bible states that at the end of things, we will be fighting in the geographic location that mankind itself began- in Mesopotamia; the fertile crescent; present-day Iraq. So lets all try to realize the global scope of the current news reports, and pay attention to the escalating situation.
And go 'Skins.