"Amin Khoudouri, 23 year old US- educated computer analyst, expressed the view of many when he shouted during a demonstration: ‘I was never Hezbollah before, but now i swear i’ll join them’.
When Hezbollah felt a crowd had gone too far after breaking into and vandalising a UN office in Beirut, they ‘immediately melted away the crowd’. Kofi Annan thanked Hezbollah for handing back the Hq’s, and rescuing his staff. All who witnessed the mayhem agreed that Hezbollah alone had prevented further destruction.
Israel vows to continue for another 10-14 days. Israel and the US have resisted calls for an immediate ceasefire, to end the conflict which has killed at least 550 people in Lebanon and 51 in Israel. (All single inverted commas are direct quotations)
'One Israeli minister claimed the IDF to be the ‘most moral army in the world’.
This is following a quote from an IDF spokesman (Mitch Pilcer) two paragraphs before-
‘We will continue the activity, and if neccessary it will be broadened without hesitation.’
Lebanese defence minister- ‘What do you expect Israel to say? It killed 40 children?’(37 in fact, so far accounted, in Qana) He was giving this interview to Al Jazeera.
Ehud Olmert expressed ‘deep sorrow’ at the deaths."
Dr Rice was planning a 10-20,000 strong International force to patrol a buffer zone (where have i heard this before/read it? That’s right, throughout every similar conflict in this region in history) and also to get Hezbollah to leave the area, but not disarmed. In return Israeli soldiers would be returned, in exchange for Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails." All of these plans have stalled. The Labanese PM called her ‘useless’.
(page 6 now) Israel had told residents to leave the Qana area to avoid civilian casualties, (Moral so far) but two extended families were cut off 'because there are only two roads leading out and the Israelis bombed those days ago."
As far as i can see, Israel wants to create a load of civilian refugees, traipsing with limited possessions since the road is closed and they could only travel by foot. What really happens is a load of people die, they are internationally (not universally, but widely) condemned for disproportionate violence, Hezbollah demonstrates its de facto authority, and the youth see death everywhere at the hands of an alien aggressor, and may now find a desperate group to join, creating more violence.
11 Lebanese die for every Israeli who dies. Israel are ‘most moral army’ but will escalate bombings which may kill only civilians, and a great number of them, ‘without hesitation.’
Well, 19 days of ‘war is hell, like it motherfucker’ kind of tactics. US and UN solutions are just the same as ever- a UN buffer zone, which existed before and after the 6 day war. They could be brushed aside/ignored. Nothing gained. everything lost. Maybe if people spent more time analysing the causes of this conflict, and less time assuming ‘terrorists can’t be negotiated with’ like it’s an insoluble proposition, there would be less death and more progress.
Lebanese ministers will go to see al Jazeera all day long, just like when i’ve split up with girls before, they often go to see a bullshit aunt/not good friend BECAUSE NO-ONE ELSE (who knows me, and is rational, for example) WILL LISTEN so, although an ex of mine doesn’t cosign ‘Men are all the same, bastards’ (extreme, lifetime of rejection auntie-talk) she is associated with this same spinster and her opinions. Do you get that more fire is not the answer?