While most of the press looks upon the recent Lebanon and Israel conflict with grim, almost apocalyptic, arrogance in trying to debate the five thousand year old strife in the mideast Iran and the US seem to sit back and view this proxy battlefield trying to analyze who in the East and West will speak in support for Hezbollah or the Jewish nation. Suffering no direct casualties the powerful comfortably view who their friends really are in this ugly battle.
It's sad when Iran, who seems to loathe the Palestinian people, will gladly use them in their agenda to wipe Israel off the map. Now their economic support for Hezbollah has caused numerous casualties for the citizens of Lebanon. Blame Israel all you want, but no side is innocent and in this case Hezbollah should have seen this coming when they detained the Israeli soldiers.
I won't go into the history of the conflict, nor sit here and act as some arrogant blogger trying to play the blame game in this war, but my hearts and prayers do go out to the civilians trapped in this eternal struggle. They are truly suffering the consequences of world leaders who simply cannot put tired old ideologies behind them and are perpetually living in the 3rd century while the other side cannot stand the idea of losing it's grasp of what it claims as it's right to power in a region that hates them.
Peace will never reign in the middle east, because quite simply no one on either side seems to want it.
"We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat