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So here’s the deal. Israel claims that Syria is giving Hezbollah  Scud missiles that can hit pretty much all of Israel. And the State Department is very concerned — concerned about the safety of Lebanon.

American and French officials have both said that they were aware of the Israeli concerns but did not know whether the missiles had actually been delivered. “If such an action has been taken, and we continue to analyze this issue,” the State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said on Wednesday, “clearly it potentially puts Lebanon at significant risk.”

Now I have considerable sympathy for Lebanon. And obviously it would get caught in the crossfire since Hezbollah is based there and, if the claims are true, the Scuds would be launched from Lebanese soil. But this is the State Department’s first concern? 


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