Posted by: sean | July 24, 2006

Either better or worse

Since this war started, I’ve been afraid of an escalation involving Syria. In the last few days, it’s seemed that things will either get much better or much worse in the next couple of weeks:

Better: Hizbollah has reportedly given the two captured Israeli soldiers to the other Shia party, Amal, so that they can negotiate their release with Israel.

Olmert has said that Israel would accept an EU peacekeeping force.

Worse: Despite talk of an international force on the Lebanese-Israeli border, Israel continues to step up its attacks and creep farther and farther into Lebanon.

Syria has responded, saying, “If Israel makes a land entry into Lebanon, they can get to within 20 kilometres of Damascus. What will we do? Stand by with our arms folded? Absolutely not. Without any doubt Syria will intervene in the conflict.”

I hope that with the capture of two Hizbollah militants, Israel and Hizbollah can negotiate (directly, or through an intermediary like Amal or Germany) the release of prisoners on both sides as well as a general cease-fire.

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