Michael Totten

Russia to Provide Lebanon with 10 MIG-29s

by Charles Chuman
The _New York Times_’ Bobby Worth “reports”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/world/middleeast/18lebanon.html?_r=1 on the possibility of Lebanon receiving 10 MIG-29s from Russia.
These planes could easily attack targets in Lebanon or Syria, but are vulnerable against the Israelis.
The Lebanese Armed Forces will now have pieces of military equipment more powerful than anything Hezbollah has.
The MIGs will not be a significant threat to Israel. Expert concern and consternation from the US and Israelis about this acquisition, but the most significant implications are likely domestic.