If what Nasrallah said on TV is true, there are some frightening implications: If Israel had plans to attack in September and because of Hezbollah's kidnapping of two soldiers, entered the battle early, then it is also clear that Seymour Hersh's contention that the war was planned for a year together with the US, is true. That is confirmed by how the war was conducted. Destruction of civilians and their infrastructure isn't effective to find abducted soldiers or to eliminate Hezbollah. It is effective to unleash civil war. Nasrallah would have ordered the kidnapping in response to knowledge of the planned Israeli aggression, to sidetrack it. These facts imply that 6000 people were killed and wounded for no more than a Bush propaganda war for the US congressional elections; the larger war was stopped by the IDF when it bombed Qana to force a cease-fire, because the war was underprepared and by US refusal of nuclear strike on Natanz. Bush prolonged the war to cover the US letdown.
Iran's Rohani calls for more freedom of expression, says that gov't critics shouldn't be jailed (AP)