Lost in the mainstream media rush over the past 48 hours, to crown Senator Barack Obama as the Demcractic nominee and presumptive next President of the United States, are signs of the dangerous world that the next President of the United States (please, God, let it be John McCain) will have to face.
AFP reports that Hezbollah, the proxy of Iran and Syria in Lebanon, has unleashed its armed militias into the streets of Beirut, against supporters of the Lebanese government, and deadly gun battles erupted as a result. At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded. As reported in the International Herald Tribune, Hezbollah's excuse for its show of force against the Lebanese government was the announcement by the government of a probe into a private media network operated by Hezbollah, which the government understandably declared was both illegal and a threat to state security. The government also had reassigned the head of Lebanese airport security based on his alleged ties to the Islamic terrorist group. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (pictured above) charged that the attempt by the government to enforce the law amounted to a "declaration of war" by government against Hezbollah. "The decisions (of the government) are tantamount to a declaration of war and the start of a war... on behalf of the United States and Israel," he proclaimed.
This is a dangerous world, and every ominous news story such as this one should compel Americans to ask themselves, who do we trust to lead the United States in the face of these threats. This is not fear-mongering--it is realism. I trust John McCain.