Soldiers captured in Israel or Lebanon?
As we are all aware, they say this entire war was started when Hezbollah led a raid into Israel, and after a firefight, captured two Israeli soldiers and retreated back into Lebanon. However, there may be more to this story than first meets the eye. Joshua Frank from Antiwar.com has a different take on things... Please read the article before commenting.
Kidnapped in Israel or Captured in Lebanon?
Official justification for Israel's invasion on thin ice
The original story, as most media tell it, goes something like this: Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol station, killing six and taking two soldiers hostage. The incident happened on the Lebanese/Israel border in Israeli territory. The alternate version, as explained by several news outlets, tells a bit of a different tale: These sources contend that Israel sent a commando force into southern Lebanon and was subsequently attacked by Hezbollah near the village of Aitaa al-Chaab, well inside Lebanon's southern territory. It was at this point that an Israel tank was struck by Hezbollah fighters, which resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers and the death of six.There are several news stories that point along these lines, including this one from the Associated Press on July 12th:
There are more sources in the Antiwar.com article as well. This is a very interesting development, and if proven to be true, it could sway public opinion away from any belief in the validity of the Israeli response that many people including myself is way out of line.
The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from
Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them.
The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli government officials said on condition of anonymity.
The Israeli military would not confirm the report.
h/t to Matthew Good for this and his ongoing concern for the innocent civilians caught in the fighting.