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Israeli Security Cabinet OK’s a Wider Ground War

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security cabinet approved a widening of the ground war. Olmert apologized for the deaths of Lebanese women and children but said “we will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Halts Attacks for 48 Hours

The move comes in the wake of its airstrike in the Lebanese village of Qana that killed at least 56 people, most of whom were women and children.

  • This is only a pause—a concession the U.S. extracted from Israel in the wake of withering international criticism. The Israeli attacks will likely continue apace for at least 10 more days, and perhaps more.
  • Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Deadly Israeli Airstrike Kills 37 Children, Ignites Arab Fury

    The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
  • Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vowed to continue its campaign for 10 days to two weeks more.

  • Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Arab Support Swings to Hezbollah

    Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have all started sounding off about Israeli aggression. And even Al Qaeda, which is normally hostile to all Shiite groups, has thrown its support behind the militants fighting against the vaunted Israeli military.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Deadliest Day for Israel in Lebanon

    More than 100 Hezbollah fighters staged a fierce ambush on Israeli ground forces entering a Lebanese border town, killing at least eight Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, 24 Palestinians were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

  • Looking to make sense of the roots of this carnage? Read Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges’ new Dig, “Israel’s Barrier to Peace.”
  • Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Protecting Blastocysts, Forsaking Humans

    It was more important for Bush to veto a bill on stem cell research than it was to push for a halt to the slaughter claiming actual human lives in the Middle East.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    British Break With Bush Over Israel

    Criticizing the U.S. for the first time in the Lebanon crisis, the UK’s foreign minister found fault with Israel’s military tactics and urged America to “understand” the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.

    Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Will Accept Hezbollah Alive, but Not Kicking

    In a reconsideration of its goals, Israel has deemed a disarmed (as opposed to destroyed) Hezbollah an acceptable outcome to its actions in Lebanon.

    Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


    ?Fresh Air? Investigates Hezbollah

    As the conflict in Lebanon continues to develop, Terry Gross brings context to the names in the news.  Here are two interviews by the “Fresh Air” host that offer some insight into Hezbollah.

    Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


    New Worries for the Vacationer in Chief

    As the crisis in the Middle East takes on graver proportions by the day, George W. Bush is gearing up for yet another retreat to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Satirist Andy Borowitz reports that the Vacationer in Chief is determined to have fun, or “Hezbollah will have hell to pay.”

    Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Will Rush Bombs to Israel

    The United States has agreed to a request from Israel to expedite a shipment of precision munitions.

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

    Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via BoingBoing.net)

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Annan: Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah Must Stop

    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded a cease-fire while also condemning Hezbollah and attacking Israel for “excessive use of force.” The European Union made similar demands for a cessation of violence and pledged 10 million euros in aid. Bombed-out roads in southern Lebanon are hampering aid efforts.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Middle East Crisis Blows Up Bush’s Illusions

    The recent bloodshed in Israel, Lebanon and Iraq is a tough lesson in “what happens when the leadership of ‘the indispensable nation’ takes a mental vacation.”

    Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon “Torn to Shreds”

    Fouad Siniora, the Lebanese prime minister, called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah and announced that more than 300 people had been killed in his country during the week of attacks. Twenty-nine Israelis have been killed since the fighting began.

    Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. to Allow Israel Another Week of Bombing in Lebanon

    That’s apparently the consensus emerging from the two countries; Israel would be given a week to further weaken Hezbollah, at which point Condoleezza Rice would travel to the region and try to establish a buffer zone.
    Strange, to be hearing about such plans in advance.

  • Meanwhile, the first Israeli ground troops have entered Lebanon
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    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Kucinich Resolution
    Courtesy Rep. Dennis Kucinich

    Truthdig Exclusive: Rep. Kucinich’s Resolution Calls on Bush to Push for Cease-Fire

    Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced a resolution Wednesday that calls on President Bush to appeal to all sides for a cessation of hostilities in the Israeli-Lebanon conflict and to commit the United States to multiparty negotiations, along with support for an international peacekeeping mission during the talks.

  • Also, read the speech that Rep. Kucinich delivered on the House floor on Tuesday that warned of “mutually assured destruction” if saner heads do not soon prevail in the Middle East.

  • Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Yo Bush!’ Tony Blair Mocked as U.S. Poodle

    Responding to Monday’s “open mike” incident in Russia, The Guardian said Blair “all but offers to carry [Condoleezza Rice’s] bags” to the Middle East (Bush denied him), revealing Blair’s subservient role in the relationship. (article, British press reactions)

  • Not to mention the fact that Bush carried on the conversation about one of the most dangerous powder kegs in the world while chewing with an open mouth and barely looking at Blair.
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    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Softens Stance on Cease-Fire Conditions

    The Israeli prime minister appeared to drop his country’s insistence that Hezbollah must be dismantled before Israel discontinues its attack. (You have to scan down the article to see the “softening.” Israel is still demanding release of its two captured soldiers, a cessation of rocket attacks on Israel, and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border.)

  • This may be just a blip, but it’s encouraging to see Israel appearing to be open to compromise.
  • Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Juan Cole: Bush’s Open-Mike Comments Leave Me ‘Trembling’

    The University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert is horrified at Bush’s belief (caught on an open mike) that Hezbollah is entirely to blame for the violence wracking Lebanon, and that Syria could easily stop Hezbollah if it chose to do so. “It is an astonishingly simple-minded view of the situation…. I come away from it shaken and trembling.”

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush and Blair

    Open Mike Catches Bush Blaming Syria for Hezbollah Escalation

    At the G8 summit for world leaders, President Bush was caught on a live microphone telling Tony Blair that he held Syria accountable for Hezbollah’s actions against Israel.
    “What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over,” Bush told Blair while chewing on a buttered roll.
    Important: This is not a hypocrisy alert. Bush’s unguarded statements were for the most part consistent with his public ones. But it’s still a fascinating glimpse into his manner of interaction with America’s closest ally.

  • Article
  • Best video/audio/transcript combo: CNN.com (The video link “The sh_t hear ‘round the world” in the center of the page—not linkable)

  • Blogger reaction:

  • The Carpetbagger Report: “The president often comes across as an unsophisticated simpleton in public…but incidents like this…suggest Bush is even less impressive in private.
  • Juan Cole: Bush’s comments “astonishingly simple-minded”
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah’s Existential Calculus

    Although some in Lebanon hail members of the militant group as national heroes, others call them outright terrorists who are dragging the country into an unwinnable war. The future of Hezbollah—and perhaps its imitators and spawn across the Middle East—would seem to hang in the balance over this conflict.

    Posted on Jul 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon Bombed
    AP / Ben Curtis

    Chris Hedges: Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East

    The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” argues in this Truthdig column that the bloodshed now engulfing Lebanon and Israel will only worsen as long as extremists on both sides continue to indulge in “collective necrophilia.”

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Bombs in Lebanon
    AP Photo / Mohammed Zaatari

    Humanity Lost in Lebanon

    As Israeli warplanes ravage Beirut in retaliation for Lebanon-based Hezbollah raids, a prominent Beirut-based blogger decries being made a “pawn on the board of an imaginary game.” He is “infuriated that such risks and actions can be taken with absolute disregard of the lives that are at stake, the lives of the people that make a country what it is.”

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


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