Haven't really said much about the Middle East conflict lately so I figure it's time for a quick update. Not sure much has changed except it seems to be threatening to spiral out of control. Lebanon doesn't have the ability to throw out Hezbollah. Israel is fighting public sentiment and is being condemned worldwide (sounds a lot like the U.S.). And Iran is threatening everyone in the region and the world...demanding attention because everyone has been distracted from their nuclear ambitions.
It's an amazingly dangerous situation. Most Americans don't have the ability to comprehend what is happening and why a simple cease-fire can't end this conflict. This is the microcosm of the battle happening worldwide between the Western way of life (our way of life) and fanatic militants who are hellbent on ending the Western way of life. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, there is no middle ground between survival and destruction...there's no compromise between life and death. And, really, that's what this is a battle of.
The current conflict between Israel and Lebanon may end soon but I don't see the real war ending in our lifetime. I know Americans want to bury their heads in the sand and hope this goes away, but it's not. Not for a long time.