Wise man, Not a military man
My hat is off to Mr. Olmert. Ironically he is a man without military experience who has performed better then past leaders who used to be generals. And it seems like everybody are behind them, including the United States. The senate is unanimously saying that Israel has a right to defend itself, and is condemning Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Iran. Israel itself is uniting behind Olmert and IDF's effort in a way that few remember happening before. Condoleeza Rice is coming next week (taking her time, to give us time).
Well, they are going to have to stick by him now. Israeli ground troops have just made an incursion into Lebanon. Like I said before, you can't accomplish all the goals only from the air. The bombings during the golf war in 1991 lasted for months but the outcome was decided in under a week of ground troops fighting. Getting in is easy, getting out is not. So these will be swift operations by relatively small teams.
I also got a tip that I cannot confirm right now and has to be taken with a large grain of salt that the location of the captive soldiers is known. And is rather shocking (or perhaps not), it is suspected that they are held in the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
These two events might be related, or they might not be.
One thing is for sure, things are certainly heating up. Its 6AM local time, I expect to hear a siren within the next 4-6 hours.
Updates as it unfolds.
Update: Sirnes sounded around Haifa and the north a few minutes ago. No hits have been reported, either a false alarm or a misfire. The day starts early.