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October 27, 2003
Hezbollah Shells Israeli Positions

Iran and Syria cranked up the proxy war in Lebanon again as Hezbollah attacked Israeli positions for the first time in two months:

Lebanese security officials said Hezbollah forces unleashed a volley of rockets and mortar shells at the Israeli military outposts of Roueissat el-Alam, al-Samaka and Ramtha inside the Chebaa Farms area. Hezbollah said in a statement in Beirut that its guerrillas attacked the three Israeli positions with rockets, scoring "direct hits." ... Israeli military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israeli fighter jets attacked Hezbollah targets in response to the attacks on the Chebaa Farms army outposts. "The jets hit several Hezbollah points," the officials said.

Western nations talk about asymmetrical warfare as if the concept has just been realized in the past couple of years. Israel has been fighting asymmetrical warfare like this for decades. Note when the pious Hezbollah militants chose to stage this attack:

Monday's Hezbollah attack came on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, during which Hezbollah guerrillas often stepped up attacks against Israeli forces during their 18-year occupation of a border zone in southern Lebanon that ended in May 2000. In its statement, Hezbollah highlighted the Ramadan occasion, saying the attack occurred on "the first day of blessed Ramadan."

Only when the sources of funding and support for terrorist groups have dried up will this stop. That won't happen until the oppressive regimes of the Middle East are replaced by truly representative governments that give their citizens a real stake in policy and their future. Iran and Syria should be targeted for pressure to change, or support given to those groups who would change them from within. This is the only way to truly safeguard Western civilization -- to spread democracy across the region.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 27, 2003 10:17 AM

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