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July 13, 2006
When You Lose The Wahhabis ...

The terrorist braintrust at Hezbollah, and whoever else gives them counsel, apparently screwed up so badly that even other Arabs put the blame on them instead of the yahouds. The Jerusalem Post notes that the most conservative Islamic nation in the region publicly scolded Hezbollah for its "uncalculated adventures":

In a significant move, Saudi Arabia, the Arab world's political heavyweight and economic powerhouse, accused Hizbullah guerrillas - without naming them - of "uncalculated adventures" that could precipitate a new Middle East crisis.

A Saudi official quoted by the state Saudi Press Agency said the Lebanese Hizbullah's brazen capture of two Israeli soldiers was not legitimate.

The kingdom "clearly announces that there has to be a differentiation between legitimate resistance (to Israel) and uncalculated adventures."

The Saudi official said Hizbullah's actions could lead to "an extremely serious situation which could subject all Arab nations and its achievements to destruction."

"The kingdom sees that it is time for those elements to alone shoulder the full responsibility for this irresponsible behavior and that the burden of ending the crisis falls on them alone."

Translation: no money from us until you stop rocking the boat.

One has to wonder whether Riyadh would have bothered to make such a statement had we not shown our willingness to stick out a long fight, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. Certainly the Saudis have to worry about a nuclear Israel deciding to finally stage the all-out war against Islamist aggression that has long been coming, but the last three years shows that the US would probably not hesitate to join them. Having just watched us dispatch the strongest military in the region (outside of Israel) in three weeks, that contingency has to make the other Arab nations do a little clench in the nether regions.

Even more worrisome, Europe has not made its usual noises about Israeli disproportionalism, or at least they have not made them with any real enthusiasm. The Arabs could count on EU nations to leap to the defense of the Palestinians and the Arab nations. However, American action as well as a slew of Islamist terror attacks in Europe and Asia have taken the wind out of those sails -- and the election of Hamas terrorists to power in the Palestinian Authority convinced them that the Palestinians have a death wish.

In the face of Israeli fury, the Arab nations with their outclassed defenses will likely avoid provoking Israel any further. Hezbollah has found out how lonely it is to march ahead of the pack.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 13, 2006 9:40 PM

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