“The Israelis say the tree is on their side, and we say the tree is on our side,” a Lebanese Army spokesman said.
This is what it’s come down to: that Israel and Lebanon could go to war over a tree. Now don’t get me wrong. I love trees. But to start a shooting war and kill people over one?
There are increasing rumblings that war, or at least an attack against Iran is imminent. A group of dissident former CIA officers even claims Israel will attack this month. Rumblings from U.S. officials like CIA director Panetta are not exactly encouraging or promising. If Barack Obama thinks he can be cute in this and still walk away without starting a war, he may have another thing coming. If Israel and Lebanon can teeter at the brink of war over a tree imagine how small a match it would take to light the tinder keg that is the Iran-Israel conflict.
It is high time that Obama warns Israel in no uncertain terms that war with Iran is NOT on the table. Not now. No way, no how.