This article appears in the August 18, 2006 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. DOCUMENTATION
The Parties to the Israel-Lebanon Conflict
by L.G. Ivashov, General Colonel, Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies
The article excerpted here appeared in Russian on the Marketing and Consulting Information and Analysis Agency web site (www.iamik.ru), Aug. 7, 2006. The translation was done by EIR.
The recently flaring Israel-Lebanon conflict is looking more and more ominous, pulling into its bloody vortex practically the entire world community. Fewer and fewer people remain, who blindly believe that the cause of the conflict is to be found in the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, and the Israeli Army's attempt to save their lives.
Based on analysis of the unfolding military events, it may be stated that:
* the Israeli armed forces' operation was planned in advance;
* it is multipurpose, and goes far beyond the objective of destroying the Hezbollah movement.
In order to answer the question of what is going on in the Middle East, it is important to identify the main parties behind the Israeli armed forces' operation, their purposes in the operation, and their desired result.