Thursday, July 27, 2006

Once Again, To England

Stories you are NOT reading or hearing in the American media:
Israel says world backs offensive

Israel says the decision by a summit of world powers not to call for a halt to its Lebanon offensive has given it the green light to continue.

"We received yesterday at the Rome conference permission from the world... to continue the operation," Justice Minister Haim Ramon said.
I smell Karl Rove's odor all over this "justification" of their abhorrent continuing actions. This is an asinine position for Israel to take. Just because no one stops you, does not make you right. If that were true, then there should be no crime ever prosecuted anywhere. Period.

And besides, I'm sure all those world leaders approve of this, as well...
Agencies struggle to provide aid

[....]Aid convoys have been hit by Israeli air strikes in the south. Six Lebanese Red Cross paramedics were wounded in an Israeli strike on Sunday.

A UN humanitarian convoy of 10 trucks set off from Beirut on Wednesday to the city of Tyre in south Lebanon where aid is urgently required.

The UN received extensive co-operation from Israel to provide safe passage, but says that more aid needs to go south - and quickly.
That the UN, whose well-marked and well-known observation post in Lebanon was destroyed Tuesday, despite numberous warnings and then pleas to Israel to stop shelling it, needed Israeli permission to send a convoy into southern Lebanon speaks volumes about the Israeli aggression here.

Worse, on the BBC news this morning was a doctor pleading with Israel to stop targeting her hospital. She was a Coptic Christian, according to the reporter, and so had no dog in the hunt.

Not "hitting," which might be explained away as an accident: targeting. Turning now to Gaza:
High death toll in Gaza clashes

Israeli military attacks in the Gaza Strip have killed 23 Palestinians, including several children, witnesses and medical sources say.
At least 11 militants were among the dead, but many civilians were also killed, and about 70 people were hurt.
So the Israeli attacks there have a success rate of 47.82% Significantly better than in Lebanon, but still pretty piss poor for a country with a vaunted intelligence agency and supposed military superiority.

But finally, for those of your keeping score for future reference:
Al-Qaeda 'to avenge Israel deeds'

Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said in a video the militant network will respond to attacks on Muslims in Lebanon and Gaza.
The video was broadcast by Arabic television station al-Jazeera.

Al-Qaeda could not remain silent in the face of a "Crusader war" and now saw "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us", he said [...] The shells and rockets which are tearing the bodies of Muslims in Gaza and Lebanon are not purely Israeli. They are produced and financed by all the countries of the Crusader alliance."
Keep that phrase in mind: "Crusader war".