Friday, August 11, 2006

Israel To US: "Give Us More Rockets Now"

The New York Times is reporting that Israel has asked the US to speed up delivery of short-range anti-personnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it could use to strike Hizbollah missile sites in Lebanon.

The Reagan administration lifted a ban on sale of these munitions to Israel in the late 80's. The ban had been put in place initially after Israel had used the munitions before during it's 1982 invasion of Lebanon and had killed a number of civilians.

It's likely that this news will up the ante as it pertains to Iran, Syria and maybe even North Korea as Hezbollah will undoubtedly want to obtain more deadly weapons to use as well. Even more pressure is on Secretary Rice and the United Nations now to find a way for a cease fire to be acceptable to both sides.

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