Saturday, September 16, 2006

Tzipi Livni

Friday, September 15, 2006

"What's the matter with you Arabs?"

The Beirut we know will always exist

Just blame it on the map and call it 'unfortunate'

Inaccurate Map Led to Fatal Strike on U.N. Post, Israel Says
The Associated Press

“...the target we perceived that we were hitting was a Hezbollah military position,” Mr. Regev said. “That was a mistake because what was targeted was the U.N. post.”

Mr. Regev said that fresh Israeli forces had just been deployed then in the area... The change in personnel prompted a need to duplicate maps and charts.

“In that process, unfortunately, the U.N. post was not accurately mapped,” he said. “When our aircraft launched its ordnance it believed it was targeting Hezbollah. This was a mistake; it shouldn’t have happened.”

...United Nations officials said the observation position was well marked. A picture it released a day after the attack showed the three-story building was painted white and had the letters “U.N.” emblazoned in large black letters on all sides.

Israel "a sort of Sodom"

Corruption scandals wrack an Israel already reeling after Lebanon war, The Associated Press

"It's too much," former lawmaker Yossi Sarid said, adding that he feared Israel was "becoming a sort of Sodom."

'Egyptian Activists Turn Against Israel'

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hezbollah dismisses Amnesty report

IRIN: Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah was quoted by the BBC as saying the London-based rights group should analyse the number of civilians killed on each side, before accusing Hezbollah of war crimes.

Hezbollah rejects war crimes claims

"We do not deny that we have bombarded Israeli cities, settlements and infrastructure. But this was always a reaction," he told Aljazeera. "It was a natural reaction. When a state is invaded, it must defend itself."

...Fadlallah said that AI had probably come under US and Israeli pressure to criticise Hezbollah's actions during the after issuing a similar report against Israel last month...

"The act was begun by Israel," Fadlallah said. "How could we confront the Israeli aggression? With roses? The resistance [Hezbollah] said that the bombardment of Haifa was in response to the bombardment of Dahiya [Beirut's southern suburbs]."

Syria blames U.S. for embassy attack - Claims Washington orchestrated it to get concessions from Damascus

UN to protest Israeli flights over Lebanon

Former IDF chief: Soldiers were sacrificed for spin

"Sexiest" resistance movement in Middle East?

Nasrallah: No one can prevent us from remaining on our lands

NYT: Amnesty International Says Hezbollah Committed War Crimes

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Amnesty: Hezbollah accused of committing war crimes against Israel

AP: Lebanon to sue Israel over oil spill caused by war bombing

Nasrallah: Israeli media more fair than Lebanese

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"500,000 unexploded munitions on the ground in Lebanon"

Bush's 9/11 Address

What a speech.

Text of President Bush's 9/11 address, Associated Press

...The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation...

America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over - and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious...

This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization...

Ouch. Here are some other toes that were stepped on last night:

"The president should be ashamed of using a national day of mourning to commandeer the airwaves to give a speech that was designed not to unite the country and commemorate the fallen but to seek support for a war in Iraq that he has admitted had nothing to do with 9/11," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, said in a statement. "There will be time to debate this president's policies in Iraq. September 11th is not that time."

Seeking damages

Monday, September 11, 2006

Berri skips town

"Nuclear pressure on Israel urged"

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hezbollah is not a global threat (they're just a little bit armed)

More on Bush learning from Nasrallah

"What other route did he have?"

No opposing air force makes for an unusual "war" indeed

Blairwitch mania

Blair quote of the week: "This is about trying to restart the process of thinking about the process..."

Captive's mother to Blair: Take me to Beirut - Ynet News
Miki, Ehud Goldwasser's mother, asks Blair to take her with him to Lebanon 'in order to seek, as mother, sign of life from sons.'

Beirut Braces Itself For PM Tony Blair's Visit - All Headline News
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, accused Blair of being a "key accomplice" with Israel during the 34-day war between Hezbollah and the Jewish state. The Shiite movement has asked Beirut to declare the British PM a "persona non grata."

Lebanese cleric says Blair unwelcome - Aljazeera
The Lebanese government should have told "Blair that he is not wanted in Lebanon, so that he - and those like him - would know that we are not so naive as to welcome him when he has contributed to killing us and slaughtering our children," Fadlallah said in a statement.

Blair to Haaretz: Western leaders see the danger of Islamic extremism, but our public still does not - David Landau and Aluf Benn

Did the Lebanon war sharpen this consciousness?

Yes, I think it did, and though obviously, for obvious reasons because many innocent people died - many innocent Israelis, many innocent Lebanese - and the destruction of so much in Lebanon is terrible, of course. And so while the conflict was going on, it was very difficult for people to think in terms of anything other than stopping the conflict.

Thank goodness it was so difficult for people to think of anything but peace.