Some news items of interest. President Bush warns against Syria trying to get back into Lebanon. The FBI is taking steps to meet Hezbollah sleepers in America should they go active. An Israeli military historian is quoting sources in Lebanon who suggest Hezbollah has been so hurt it is putting out feelers that it is willing to pull back to the Litani River. Also, Tony Blair's website has this statement. (Does that make Tony Blair a blogger?)
This situation therefore began with acts of extremism by militant groups that were, as the G8 said unanimously, without any justification and of course were designed to provoke the very response that followed.
In the communiqué issued by the G8, we refer to and condemn the activities of the extremist groups and, more elliptically, "those that support them". For most of us at the G8, we can be less elliptical. Hezbollah is supported by Iran and Syria, by the former in weapons, weapons incidentally very similar if not identical to those used against British troops in Basra; by the latter, in many different ways and by both financially.