Peter Zeihan, Stratfor Security
"There are some Americans who see Israel as a villain, just as some believe the USA has brought the war on terror on itself. The Los Angeles Times printed an op-ed by UCLA professor Saree Makdisi, in which he claimed Hezbollah is fighting for the release of 'Lebanese prisoners Israel stubbornly refuses to free.' Makdisi apparently believes Hezbollah is a legitimate fighting force that should be given moral equivalency with Israel. Never mind that Hezbollah wear no uniforms and routinely attack civilian targets; never mind that the terrorists killed eight Israeli soldiers in their raid to get hostages; and never mind that the prisoners Israel is holding are terror suspects. The professor justifies his opinion by saying that Israel is a terror state itself, and points to the Israeli seizure of land in 1948. From his safe perch, this educated man believes Hezbollah terrorists have a perfect right to do whatever they want because Israel violently carved out a homeland after World War II. That kind of thinking is at the root of the terror war - Israel is bad, and so is America for supporting Israel. Has Israel made mistakes? Of course. But here is the simple fact. Tomorrow, if the terrorists stop killing and lay down their arms, the violence in the Middle East and Iraq will stop. Tomorrow, if Israel throws all its weapons into the Mediterranean Sea, there will be another Holocaust. Getting that, Professor Makdisi? Wise up."Fox News Video: FoxNews.com
Middle East expert Peter Zeihan outlined his theory of why Israel is striking Lebanese airports, bridges, and ports. "Israel is getting ready to go in and eliminate Hezbollah for the next generation as a military force. That requires isolating them and their infrastructure." Zeihan predicted an imminent ground invasion. "We'll see up to another week of combat like we've seen, until Israel can get all its ground forces prepared. Then we'll see Israel infantry and tanks pouring across the border." The Factor
suggested that Israel has not effectively laid out its case. "Israel has not explained what you have just explained. Therefore the anti-Israel forces say 'see, they're just killing civilians for no reason.' The world lines up against Israel, when in fact Israel is right to defend itself."