...for the United States (military in Iraq, I presume) if we don't force Israel to accept an immediate cease-fire, says the Shiite Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani.
Hmmmm....would this be the same Grand Ayatollah who would be preaching to empty mosques were not that same US military propping him up and keeping the Sunnis off his ass?
Would this be the same Grand Ayatollah who plays at keeping a leash on Muqtada Al-Sadr, but that leash is so long that Al-Sadr's hard boyz are reportedly off to fight Israelis in that same south Lebanon where Al-Sistani demands the cease fire (so they can get into position to attack Israel without being blown away by the Israelis first)?
Fuck you and the ass-abused camel you just rode in on, Al-Sistani. If you ain't with us you're against us. There are no shades of gray here: you either support Israel's right to exist in peace or you support Hizbollah's intent to eliminate Israel.
I'd hate to see any US troops get radiation burns when Israel opens the can of nuclear whoop-ass you and your Iranian Shiite buddies forced upon yourselves, but if Israel can end the Shia menace to their nation that way, they have MY permission to fire (as if they needed it).
Do you suppose the Shia would get the message if we pulled all the US troops into their compounds one day, and had them start digging nuke protection shelters?
BTW, on a related note, the word on the Israeli street is that "Sheik" Asshollah Nasrallah is holed up in the Iranian embassy in Beirut, and has been ever since the IDF took control of Lebanon's skies. I'm betting that said embassy is still standing ONLY due to the US' good offices with the Israelis.
I wouldn't have had the restraint, had I been the Israelis. Flatten the building, and when Iran cries "War", just politely ask them "which flavor?" Everyone, but everyone, familiar with the rules of civilized warfare knows that when a ranking belligerent enters a supposedly-neutral embassy and does ANYTHING but ask for asylum and internment for the duration, that embassy becomes a legitimate target of war.
Dire consequences? Yep, we got your dire consequences right here. They're flavored with Gamma radiation.