Saturday, August 12, 2006

Bush's Black and White World / Home UK / UK - Bush 'believes conflict is a US-Iran proxy war': "The first is the president's visceral instinct to support Israel against its enemies, which he sees in terms of democracy versus totalitarianism. 'People should not underestimate just how strongly the president feels in support of Israel and in his anger towards Iran and Syria [because of their sponsorship of Hizbollah],' said Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former senior official at the Central Intelligence Agency and now at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

The second is Mr Bush's belief that the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah is a proxy war between the US and Iran's theocratic regime, which Washington sees as the most serious threat to stability in the region and beyond. US officials say they have intercepted communications between Tehran and Hizbollah that show Iran continues to supply arms to the Lebanese group."

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