The deal? Lebanon became independent in 1943. Its capital, Beirut, used to be a great city to visit. It was proposed as the venue for the 2024 Olympics.
Back in 1982, the US supported the incursion into Lebanon, as the Israelis were in opposition to the PLO. They evicted the PLO from Beirut. The Hezbollah formed in 1982. They are a militant and armed organisation based in Lebanon.
In 1983, their suicide bombers (allegedly, some say) blew up US & French headquarters in Beirut, killing 302 people, many of them Marines; and the US withdrew its forces.
"Osama Bin Laden would later cite this bombing as evidence that the United States would withdraw when attacked and use it for planning the attacks on US Embassies in Afria, the USS Cole, and 9/11.
In May 2003, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth declared that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for the 1983 attack, on the grounds that Iran had originally founded Hezbollah and financed the group throughout the years."
The Lebanese have been trying to avoid a civil war in their country. The Hezbollah are armed, and based there, and wish to become that government, with some support from Iran and Syria. Plus their own car-bombing and rocket-launching skills.
Also, Syria was involved in the assassination of the late Rafik Hariri (former Lebanese President).
I guess this would be why the US is involved in observation of the situation. That's most of what I know of what's going on right now over there.
An Israeli soldier was kidnapped - which was the current topic - and for weeks before that, Hezbollah terrorists in Gaza regularly fired rockets into towns, killing civilians in Israel.
The Iranian president publically expressed a wish "to wipe Israel off the map". Israel's equally innocent civilians had rocket bombs rained on their cities. 1,200 Hezbollah bombs have hit Israeli cities in the last few days. Israel fires back - you post your question. See how that is?
Anyway, my impression is that it's a proxy war on non-Islamic states by Iran and Syria. A bit sly, really.
I would consider the Hezbollah to be terrorists.
But then, I would consider the IRA to be terrorists.
But opinions vary, if you are prepared to do some research. Alternatively, you can take the easy route & just take sides.
I can see that many Jews are opposed to this conflict. As are the Irish government. Not any reason to support either side, I know.
I suppose most people who are neither, like myself, and are unaffected, are not that worried, unless Iran brings nuclear weapons into the equation.
At that stage, it'll be too late, and there'll be no news to watch. There again, it's maybe just another Middle-Eastern fight. I guess the thing to hope for is that we die voting for the right side. Not that anyone asked us!
Who's prepared to stop bombing in return for some concessions?
Who thinks death is glorious and an improvement on their life?
Personally I reckon if you had to decide, you could reason with - as in, make a deal with, the Israelis, and they'd respect it. I mean, they've been bombed for years and not acted like this, and it has been a very hot summer, thanks to global warming.
It's only fair to say that that's only my opinion. But I do respect their consistent attitude to known terrorists. The US offers a great life to so many, and there were very very few American bombers in the US. I reckon envy has something to do with it - surely any Israeli citizen could go back & live in the US if they really wanted to stop farming in a desert? Maybe offering the Hezbollah members a visa would make instant peace!?
On the bright side, my spelling is OK. That's the trouble with peacetime, no decent challenges.