The AP reports:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, state-media reported...
"Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site Thursday...
It's been said before, but deserves to be said again. No matter how the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah ends in the short term, there will be no chance for long term peace without confronting Iran and Syria. Even if Israel is given adequate time to completely annihilate Hezbollah in its current incarnation (an unlikely outcome), as long Iran and Syria are unchecked, the terrorist group will rebuild. With monetary support and weapons coming in from Iran and Syria, over time, Hezbollah will be able to regain its strength and threaten Israel, and the same crisis will play out all over again. To borrow a phrase from Winston Churchill, Iran and Syria are the organ grinders, but Hezbollah is merely the monkey.
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