Israel is fulfilling its pledge to inflict a "very, very, very painful" retribution on Lebanon. (Israel's military confirmed that it is now imposing an air and sea blockade on Lebanon.) Today its warplanes hit Lebanon's only international airport with the stated purpose to end air traffic in and out of Beirut: their aim was successful as officials closed the airport and diverted traffic to nearby Cyprus. In addition to cutting off the capital from the outside world and basically shuttering the country's tourism industry, Israel continued to pound Lebanon for the second day with collateral damage at 22 civilian lives according to local news accounts. Morever, its planes are blasting bridges, roads, and their Hezbollah foes (including one of their radio stations near Beirut) deep into Lebanon while Hezbollah continues to fire its rockets into northern Israel.