Answer to US security in my pocket, and News
Other the Italy (world cup champions, great food) who are leading the way with 3000 (nonetheless, one of their generals was quoted saying the UN resolution was a joke) most countries are side stepping this, not that I blame them, except I do because those hypocrites pushed for this to pass but when push comes to shove they don't own up to their words. Muslim countries however are more then happy to offer their services, in fact they are yearning to do it, Malaysia and Indonesia who do not recognize Israel have asked to participate and send their own forces. Naturally, our ambassador intervened and hopefully that nightmare won't come to pass.
The Lebanese army so far has deployed about 4,500 out of the 15,000 it's supposed to. But again, it was said time and time again by them that the Lebanese army has no intention of disarming Hezbollah. That's great because the Hezbollah has no intention of taking on the Lebanese army (or so they claim right now): "There is no chance of that because we favored this from the started, there is coordination between us and every social and political movement in the south, especially with the army."
The geopolitics here are so complex it's sometimes hard to keep track, but the Muslim countries who are allied with the US and are uncomfortable with the thought of Hezbollah growing in power and popularity are setting up their own Arab summit in the next few months. Before you get your hopes up they still blame Israel for failing the peace process anyway.
As for the political situation in Israel, as I said before the Likud and Bibi are going to win this big time. It's starting already. More on that in the future.
I'd like to close with my own experiences of today and previous days. I bused from Canada into the states, on the border we stopped, everybody got out of the bus with just their passports, wait in line, get stamp, scan fingers, take picture, go on your way. In my pockets I had an iPod and headphones, and a wallet, they were bulging but nobody checked them. I could have easily taken anything I wanted, the lack of control is frightening.
Today I was in NYC, I haven't been here since 1999 and I didn't know what to expect. It's largely the same. Going into the Metropolitan Museum two bored security guards were idly checking bags and passing people thru, no metal detectors. My point being that following the foiled terror plot in the UK news networks kept asking if America is safe and if attack here is possible. There's your answer.