Thursday, July 27, 2006

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Israel: A wolf dressed in victim’s clothes and why the destruction of Lebanon is a strategic disaster for the Empire
William Bowles
I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down said the Wolf. Well the Wolf is huffing and puffing but the house is not built of straw and Hezbollah (how is it spelt? Hez or Hiz?) are proving to be a very tenacious opponent. Okay, Israel has overwhelming orthodox military power but has it got the means or the political support at home for a protracted war? No doubt, given enou! gh time Hezbollah will be driven back from the border but will regroup elsewhere, and anyway, how much time does Israel have? Just like Iraq, the country can be trashed but it makes no difference, such barbaric destruction far from turning the Lebanese against Hezbollah has simply united the country against Israel and the US and critically, the rest of Middle East, especially their leaders...

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Pity the living and the days to come
Hanady Salman writing from Beirut, Live from Lebanon
...Let them die, tens of them each everyday. Don't pity them. I bet you they pity us. They pity us. They're somewhere where nothing worse could happen to them. We're left here, dealing with our consciences, debating whose fault it is, what's wrong and what's right. Pity us, pity those who did not get killed. Pity us who will be living in the "New Middle East" the US is tailoring for us. Pity the days to come. Does Hweiyda kn! ow that there's a bunch of people who will decide her fate in a conference in Rome?...

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Right-Wing ‘Guide to World War III’: ‘Kill ‘Em All, Let Allah Sort ‘Em Out’
Think Progress
The conservative advocacy group GrasstopsUSA sent out a mass email yesterday featuring a column described as "a spectator’s guide to World War III — the Lebanese Front." The title: "Kill 'Em All. Let Allah Sort 'Em Out." Some low-lights: A disproportionate response is the best kind. … What would a proportionate Israeli response be? Snatching two Hezbollah fighters, torturing them to death, cutting off their genitals and! stuffing them in their mouths? Lebanon used to be a nice little country, before the Sons of Allah got their blood-smeared hands on it. Believe it or not, Beirut was once…the most advanced and prosperous country in the Arab world — because a majority of Lebanese were Christians. Israel needs to step-up its air strikes and send in the troops (can you say "massive deployment, baby?") to do the job only ground forces can do. … To resurrect and reconfigure one of my favorite Vietnam-era slogans — Kill 'em all. Let Allah sort 'em out....

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Israel Fakes a Provocation
(the "kidnapping" of Cpl Gilad Shalit)

What Really Happened
If you are not already convinced that the whole story is a fabrication, ask yourself; What were the four Israeli soldiers doing in the tiny confines of that dug-in tank? Ask your self; How long were they going to continue sitting in that tank? All day perhaps, or till they roasted in the desert sun? Or, till another group of four took over on the next shift? And of course, having four soldiers in just one tank, wont prov! ide a defense, so there will have to be hundreds of tanks and hundreds of soldiers all sitting in these tanks,... all waiting,... all waiting,... all waiting,.... for exactly what? Waiting for Palestinian children to throw stones at them, perhaps? Perhaps, waiting attentively for militants to dig a half mile tunnel through sandy soil, pop up, and rush them over flat ground, but not attentively enough to see them approach? Perhaps, they were waiting for the Egyptian army to materialize, Star Trek like, from their bases hundreds of miles away on the other side of the Suez canal? I don't know ... you tell me why? Yes, the story is a total fabrication. A fake provocation to start a war...

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An new turn in the Iraq war story
Mike Mentzer, POAC
Here's the Iraq War, brought to you by Dual US/Israeli Citizens Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith (Israeli Likud Party Member and Policy writer), Richard Perle (Israeli Likud Party Member and Policy writer.) These three were handed the keys to the United States Military Home, The Pentagon, granted top civilian office holders in the Pentagon, by the Texas Tea Party (aka BushCo). These three brought us Chalabi, Curveball and Niger Uranium. At least 2 of the aforement! ioned individuals are responsible for the current Israeli War Policy, Clean Break, in action in Gaza and Lebanon as we speak (...) The two policies fit like a hand and glove. Both policies were put to paper in 2000. So, was 911/01 an arboration ? Could the US and Israeli War Policies, occuring as we speak, have been advanced for the last 5 years without 911? Absolutely not...

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Iran: The Next War
JAMES BAMFORD, Rolling Stone
...The shift in official policy has thrilled former members of the cabal. To them, the war in Lebanon represents the final step in their plan to turn Iran into the next Iraq. Ledeen, writing in the National Review on July 13th, could hardly restrain himself. "Faster, please," he urged the White House, arguing that the war should now be taken over by the U.S. military and expanded across the entire region. "The only way we are going to win this war is to bring down t! hose regimes in Tehran and Damascus, and they are not going to fall as a result of fighting between their terrorist proxies in Gaza and Lebanon on the one hand, and Israel on the other. Only the United States can accomplish it," he concluded. "There is no other way."...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
...In a dispatch posted at 9:10pm Makkah time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American occupation forces redeployed again in Baghdad after the failure of the previous "security plan" launched by puppet "Prime Minister" Nuri al-Maliki. The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported US Marine armor had deployed in strength in the ! areas of al-'Amiriyah, ad-Durah, the al-Jihad neighborhood, al-Ghazaliyah, al-A'zamiyah, ash-Sha'b, and al-Mansur. The correspondent reported that the US Marines were replacing Iraqi puppet army forces that had manned checkpoints since Wednesday morning, searching civilian cars and checking identity papers...

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Human shields
"Bell Way", One Palestine
...As I have heard so many people say, this is all aimed to destroy our dignity; if they can destroy our dignity we will lose our ability to resist them. Another main aim, added one person, is to try to make us hate them so much that we will leave rather than live with them in the future. But the thing is, after all these decades, we don't really hate them. We don't want them to suffer, or die… we don't want all of the terrible things that have happened to us to happen to t! hem.. all we want is to live in our homes in peace and if they will accept the same we have no further issue with them. But of course, this is not what they want. They do not want us to live in our homes in peace, and they in theirs. They want to live in our homes, and they want us gone...

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Media Bias and Distortion Fuels War in the Middle East
Abukar Arman,
...At a time when media around the world, especially in least likely places such as the Middle East, are gradually reaching new heights in promoting unprecedented political openness, the quality of news coverage, programming, and the overall credibility of the American mainstream media is ironically ona declining trend as more and more media organizations are abandoning objective standards of journalistic ethos and becoming the! "facilitators of venomous discourse" and the "purveyors of misinformation and propaganda".
And nowhere does media bias manifest itself more than in the slanted reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conundrum where reporting is, unfortunately, single-minded in perspective and predictable in conclusion...

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24 Palestinians killed at least seventy injured on Wednesday
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli troops killed on twenty-four Palestinians, including three children, on Wednesday, and injured at least 70 residents in Al Sha'af in Al Shijaeeya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, Palestinian medical and security sources reported. List of casualties is included in the report. The Israeli attack started on Wednesday at dawn after dozens of tanks and armored vehicles invaded the area under air coverage by Israeli he! licopters. Tanks shells, missiles and rounds of heavy ammunition that targeted houses, streets and facilities were heard, seen and felt in Gaza all day long. A source at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City reported that the hospital received 24 bodies, including the bodies of three children, two of them brothers, and the body of their mother who died of her wounds later on...

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Maliki: Dead Man Walking
Robert Dreyfuss
Maliki’s message was a simple one, and he delivered while standing in front of his puppet master, the scowling Dick Cheney. Did Maliki headline the sectarian bloodletting and ethnic cleansing in Iraq, the death squads and militias? No. Did Maliki present a plan for securing Iraq’s capital? No. Instead, he stuck to the Republican Party’s 2006 electoral talking points: that Iraq is the central front in the so-called Global War on Terrorism. He cited 9/11, a crime perpetrated! by what he called "impostors of Islam," and he portrayed the violence in Iraq as the direct continuation of America’s effort against Al Qaeda: Iraq is the front line of this struggle. … Iraq is your ally in the War on Terror. … The greatest threat Iraq faces is terror created by extremists. Iraq is free and the terrorists cannot stand this. … This terrorist front is a threat to every civilized country. Iraq is the battle that will determine the war. … I will not allow Iraq to become a launching pad for Al Qaeda. .. Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists." Of course, all of this is nonsense...

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Richard Cohen's Blood Lust
Applauding While Lebanon Burns

Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on Tuesday that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government. "Anyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows that proportionality is madness," he wrote. "For Israel, a small country within reach, as we are finding out, of a missile launched from any enemy's back yard, proportionality is not only inapplicable, it is suicide! . The last thing it needs is a war of attrition. It is not good enough to take out this or that missile battery. It is necessary to reestablish deterrence: You slap me, I will punch out your lights." Cohen likes to sit in front of a computer and use flip phrases like "punch out your lights" as euphemisms for burning human flesh and bones with high-tech weapons, courtesy of American taxpayers...

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Empire: war and propaganda
John Pilger
...The attendant propaganda - the abuse of language and eternal hypocrisy - has reached its nadir in recent weeks. An Israeli soldier belonging to an invasion force was captured and held, legitimately, as a prisoner of war. Reported as a "kidnapping", this set off yet more slaughter of Palestinian civilians. The seizure of two Palestinian civilians two days before the capture of the soldier was of no interest. Neither was the incarceration of thousands of Palestinian hostage! s in Israeli prisons, and the torture of many of them, as documented by Amnesty. The kidnapped soldier story cancelled any serious inquiry into Israel's plans to reinvade Gaza, from which it had staged a phoney withdrawal. The fact and meaning of Hamas's self-imposed 16-month ceasefire were lost in inanities about "recognising Israel", along with Israel's state of terror in Gaza - the dropping of a 500lb bomb on a residential block, the firing of as many as 9,000 heavy artillery shells into one of the most densely populated places on earth and the nightly terrorising with sonic booms...

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The Defense Concerns Are Confirmed Again

Defense and Support Committee of President Saddam Hussein, his Comrades and all P.o.W.s and Detainees in Iraq (ISNAD
The proceedings of the 38th trial session of the Dujail case on the 24th of July 2006 before the Special Criminal Court that is currently trying President Saddam Hussein and his comrades proved that the Defense Committee was right in its decision to suspend its attendance due to the lack ! of the minimum standards of a fair trial. The Court, presided by Judge Raouf with those who supervise and stand behind it, went too far in breaching the basic rights of legal defense by: 1- Compelling Mr.Barazan Tikriti, after he was isolated from his comrades, to appear before it, despite the fact that he was on hunger strike. He was prevented from leaving the courtroom although he asked in all straight forwardness to leave in protest of denying him an opportunity to appoint a legal counsel as his first lawyer – martyr Khamis Obeidi – had been assassinated recently. 2 - Lawyer Mazin Abdul Jabbar Ramadani was imposed on Mr.Barazan as his defense counsel...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 25 July 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
...In a statement entitled "Sectarian Fanatics are the Fifth Column of the Occupation" the Iraqi Baath Party on Monday denounced both Sunni and Shi'i sectarian fundamentalist fanatics, the "takfiri" elements (literally: those who regard anyone who disagrees with them as an infidel and a legitimate target) who are trying to "drag Iraq into the minefield"! of sectarianism planted by the US, "Israel," and Iran. The statement noted that the Baath Party was always a promoter of the doctrine that the Arabs were a body whose spirit was Islam. It noted that this was true of all Arabs, regardless of the religion to which they belong, because Islam was also a cultural tradition, not merely a system of religious rites...

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Maliki the Idiot
Roads to Iraq
He went to America to ask for the withdrawal of the occupiers Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki yesterday in London suggested that foreign troops could leave Iraq within months rather than year, despite the virtual raging civil war, He will comeback to Iraq with more occupation forces. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, after meeting the visiting Iraqi leader at the Pentagon, said the increase in forces in the Baghdad area will be "more than hundreds," but was no mo! re precise. Bush, Maliki agree on more US troops for Baghdad...

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Refugees Have Only Their Anger
Dahr Jamail
Among hundreds of thousands of refugees scattered across city parks, schools and abandoned buildings in Beirut, new and chilling words have been doing the rounds. A senior Israeli Air Force official announced on Israeli Army Radio that "Army chief of staff Dan Halutz has given the order to the air force to destroy 10 multi-storey buildings in the Dahaya district (of Beirut) in response to every rocket fired on Haifa." Hezbollah rockets continue to be fired into northern ! Israel. The rocket fire has led to 17 deaths in Israel so far. But the Israeli officer's announcement came like warning of more collective punishment of civilians for the Hezbollah attacks. The Geneva Conventions seem forgotten...

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An Open Letter to United For Justice And Peace
Ibrahim Ebeid,
Dear Ms Leslie Cagan, I was shocked and horrified to learn that your movement is recognizing the sectarian regime of Al-Maliki. Al Maliki and his colleagues came on the invading tanks and under the protection of the occupying forces and his government was appointed by George W. Bush. His hands and the hands of his master are drenched with the blood of the Iraqis. He spent decades plotting to destroy Iraq and to topple its legal governmen! t to be replaced by a sectarian racist one.
A movement that is requesting a meeting with such a man is not a movement for peace and justice...

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Premeditated Genocide; Racism as a case for war in Lebanon
Report and Comments by A.J. Ward; 7-25-06
...My stomach turns when I hear the pro-Israeli propaganda on the American media calling this another step in the Middle East "peace process". In order to soften the images in our hearts and minds, they call an invasion into Lebanon "the IDF enters Lebanon". In order to push the blame for the indiscriminate murder of hundreds of civilians (about a third which are children) from our psyche, it is a marginal group! of resistance fighters who are blamed for "putting civilians in harm’s way". Do not be swayed into believing that a staged abduction and killing of a few Israeli soldiers is cause enough to obliterate a sovereign nation. As reported yesterday by independent news sources and the San Francisco Chronicle, the invasion of Lebanon was a planned event...

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Those poor invaders; those poor occupiers
The Angry Arab News Service
Well, well, well. Did I not predict that to you. I was just waiting for this to come out, and it has. Please. Wake up the children and release the pigs from the barn. This is big news. The New York Times' article--or the first in a series--about "the anguish" of Israeli occupation troops has been released. Please, survey your local newspapers in US and Canada and share such stories of "anguish"--they are a staple of US press coverage of all Isr! aeli wars of aggression: "Ohad said he called his wife to say goodnight before going into battle, and called her when he came out to say he was O.K." Don't you feel bad for this occupier? Are you not getting goose bumps reading about the emotional strain of killing women and children in Lebanon?...

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Lebanon's Children and Israeli Phosphorous Bombs
Randa Takieddin, Al-Hayat
Did the American people see on CNN the child whose face was burnt by Israeli phosphorous bombs in Lebanon? Did they hear him screaming in pain at Sidon Hospital, with his mother falling to pieces in agony beside him because of the injury he sustained from the terrible bombs? How can the American people accept their elected President George W. Bush's rejection of a ceasefire? The insanity of the Jewish State that is brutally attacking f! amilies and children in South Lebanon and in Beirut's southern suburb has almost become an everyday feature in the Palestinian territories...

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[political-research] Digest Number 1306

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DAY 16: AUDIO: "Crisis in the Middle East" — "Radio Your Way", Wed Jul 26 00:19
Google Alert for: "Crisis in the Middle East" — Google Alert, Wed Jul 26 00:58
What is going to happen Nest? — "The Charles Goyette Show", Wed Jul 26 01:21
Using White Phosphorous Bombs in Lebanon — Lebanese President Accuses Israel, Wed Jul 26 01:28
The Unnecessary Destruction of Lebanon Is a War Crime — Stephen M. St. John, Wed Jul 26 01:48
"Death Penalty" — C.S.A. OF NEW AMERICA, Wed Jul 26 01:49
"The New America Constitution" — C.S.A. OF NEW AMERICA, Wed Jul 26 02:06
New Indicting Evidence of the 9/11 Coverup — Craig T. Furlong, Wed Jul 26 03:00
HUMANITY IS AT STAKE AS DU IS THE "AMERICAN PLAGUE OF 2006." — Ralph Charles Whitley, Sr., Wed Jul 26 04:09
UN confirms: Israel intentionally bombs UN post in Lebanon — FOREIGN PRESS FOUNDATION, Wed Jul 26 04:24
7/25/06 UPDATES: EXPANSION OF THE WAR — "Radio Your Way", Wed Jul 26 04:46
"birth pangs of a new Middle East," Condoleezza Rice — Robert Scheer:, Wed Jul 26 05:25
Regarding: US MILITARY ROGUE ELEMENTS PAST/PRESENT — Cliff Lindquist, Wed Jul 26 09:11
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ISRAEL FORFIETS ITS "RIGHTS TO EXIST". — Mike Macaulay, Wed Jul 26 10:34
Israel - is not a zionazi cabal - — Grugyn Silverbristle - We Remember Ye, Wed Jul 26 11:52
A warning to Jerusalem from the American Republic! — Judah Ben-Hur, Amb., Wed Jul 26 13:09
Native terrorist group — kathaksung, Wed Jul 26 15:18
THE SECRETS OF GENTRIFICATION — Camilo H. Tapia, Wed Jul 26 19:04
We All Need To Now Begin to Realize Who Our Real Enemy Is. — Call4Investigation, Wed Jul 26 23:27
DAY 17: AUDIO: "Crisis in the Middle East" — Radio Your Way, Thu Jul 27 00:38

Bloglines - Don't You Dare Criticize Israel

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Don't You Dare Criticize Israel

By SusanUnPC


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has learned -- and so too U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan -- that strong criticism of Israel's devastating military campaign in Lebanon is apparently the equivalent of being anti-Israeli. And almost every TV news report I've heard has made that clear.

The Israelis are outraged by Annan's remarks that yesterday's deadly attack on the longtime, clearly marked U.N. bunker in Southern Lebanon was "apparently deliberate." Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., called Annan's statement "premature, hasty, deplorable, and irresponsible."

And members of the media are phrasing and shaping their reporting of yesterday's deaths in order to shift the story's FOCUS to a criticism of Kofi Annan's statement -- not to the eight hours of Israeli attacks on the U.N. bunker, despite constant pleas from U.N. officials, and the deaths of the Austrian, Finnish, Chinese, and Canadian observers from the 2,000-person UNIFIL force.

Last night, Larry King asked Christiane Amanpour why Annan was "against Israel":

LARRY KING: ... Christiane, Kofi Annan is usually very diplomatic and careful. Were you surprised that he was so strikingly against Israel today?

I see Maliki's criticism of Israel as mostly what he knew he had to say to the Shiite majority (and Sunnis) in Iraq. It would have been suicidal to have saved his criticism for Hezbollah, a Shiite political and militia group.

Kofi Annan's criticism and suspicions, however, have strong bases since he knows, only too well, the recent history of other deaths and injuries from Israeli air strikes, as well as numerous, repetitive efforts by U.N. officials, and the general in charge, to let Israel's military know where the U.N. observers are located so that they wouldn't be bombed by mistake.

A civilian employee of the U.N. force, along with his wife, was killed by Israeli bombing on July 12. And, "[f]ive Unifil soldiers and one military observer had also been wounded," according to The Independent. "They included four Ghanaians injured by artillery fire on Monday and a peacekeeper shot through the back on July 23."

Yesterday, the U.N. observer base was attacked from 11:20 AM until 7:40 PM, when contact with the base was lost and presumably the four U.N. observers were killed.

"I spoke to Mr Olmert and he definitely believes it was a mistake and has expressed his deep sorrow, " Mr Annan told a press conference in Rome.

"But the shelling started in the morning and went on until after 7pm. You cannot imagine the anguish of the unarmed men and women peacekeepers who were there."

According to a detailed timeline of the incident provided by an unidentified UN officer and reported by CNN, the first bomb exploded around 200 metres from the post at 1.20pm (11.20am BST) yesterday.

Unifil observers then telephoned their designated contact with the Israeli military, who assured them the attacks would stop. In the following hours, nine more bombs fell close to the post, each one followed by a call to the Israeli military, the UN officer said.

The main Unifil base in the town of Naqoura lost contact with the post at 7.40pm, seemingly the time when the post received a direct hit. -- The Guardian, July 26, 2006

In the past two weeks, U.N. forces have endured "dozens" of attacks:

The 2,000-strong Unifil force, which sits on the Israel-Lebanon border, has suffered dozens of attacks and direct hits in two weeks of conflict. Israel is suspicious of the force and wants it beefed up with an international stabilisation force involving up to 20,000 troops. -- The Guardian, July 26, 2006

Today, Amy Goodman interviewed Timur Goksel, former spokesperson and senior advisor for UNIFIL, who said that the observers "had been working there for over 50-60 years."

TIMUR GOKSEL: It's a big loss. It’s an unnecessary loss. These people had been working there for over 50-60 years in very [inaudible] positions. They are made up of armed officers. There are 42 nationalities there [inaudible]. And it's a very sad loss. It's a totally unnecessary loss, because of an [inaudible] action by the other side. That’s what it is. It's heartbreaking, but it's not the first time, unfortunately.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain what you mean, “this is not the first time”?

TIMUR GOKSEL: Well, they had UN soldiers and officers killed by [inaudible] before. One difference is that this time they attempt to apologize. In the past, they do not even apologize.


AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, “they don't care”?

TIMUR GOKSEL: They don't care if they kill a UN man or anybody on the Lebanese side. For them, their own life is sacred, their own troops are sacred. They have a mission, and if the UN gets in the way of their efforts over there, if the UN gets hit, so be it. That’s what I’m saying.

AMY GOODMAN: Timur Goksel, yesterday on CNN the Consul General of Israel, in talking about UNIFIL, said that they were sympathetic to Hezbollah. Can you respond to that?

TIMUR GOKSEL: That is the biggest [inaudible]. UNIFIL came here in 1978. We were, because at that time there was no Hezbollah here, accused of being sympathetic to Palestinians. A peacekeeping force does not come here with pre-set enemies. There is no enemy [inaudible] in a peacekeeping force. UNIFIL is a peacekeeping force. It’s not a Israeli combat force or an anti-terror force, as they would like it to be. As long as we don’t serve their direct interests, they are going to denigrate it as much as they can.

What does it mean, the Hezbollah [inaudible]? Hezbollah people are the people -- are Lebanese people. They are not from outer space. They live in those villages. And a peacekeeping force, first of all, primarily lives on its good will of the people, with the population of the area. And on this one, nobody can deny UNIFIL’s success. So if that includes -- if I am [inaudible] village and at nighttime there’s [inaudible], that’s what? Am I a Hezbollah sympathizer? [inaudible] So, I mean, this is Israeli propaganda. ...

Here is Christiane Amanpour's response to Larry King's loaded question:

KING: Christiane Amanpour is in Jerusalem, Christiane, Kofi Annan is usually very diplomatic and careful. Were you surprised that he was so strikingly against Israel today?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well I mean, you know, you make that judgment about being against Israel. I'm not sure that's what his statement said. It asked for a full investigation and it did say that it was apparently deliberate targeting.

And then he went on to say in the statement that the observation post was clearly marked, that his top general there had been in touch with the Israeli authorities all throughout the day about this and asking them to protect it. And the UNIFIL statement that was put out about these casualties said that they had had 14 very close firings in just this afternoon alone.

In contrast, Wolf Blitzer's response to Larry King's question focused entirely on Israeli anger over Annan's statement, never referring to the four deaths yesterday:

KING: Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, didn't it appear that Kofi Annan was making such a charge?

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: It certainly appeared that way to the Israelis. They were outraged that the top U.N. diplomat would effectively come up with a conclusion, even an apparent conclusion, even while calling for an investigation. In other words, the verdict comes in before the trial.

And we heard the Israeli ambassador to Washington, we heard the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations both deploring in very deliberate and very tough words what Kofi Annan says.

And I think there's going to be a very angry reaction here in Israel when people wake up. It's still the middle of the night here. But they're going to be shocked that Kofi Annan would accuse the Israelis of doing this apparently deliberately.

It's one thing if the Israelis did it they would say "You know what, there are innocents that sometimes die even with the best of intentions." But for Kofi Annan to do this, to lay this out, the Israelis are very angry. They're furious at the U.N. secretary- general -- Larry.

And this from the Anderson Cooper 360 show on CNN:


COOPER: Kofi Annan says -- good evening.

Kofi Annan says that this was an apparently deliberate strike at a U.N. position. Was it?

GILLERMAN: First of all, I want to express our deep regret at this very tragic event, and extend out condolences to the families of the victims.

But, to use Kofi Annan's own words, I am shocked and deeply distressed by his deliberate targeting of Israel. I think that the statement made by the secretary-general was very unworthy of such a seasoned diplomat. I think it was premature, hasty, deplorable, and irresponsible.

And I certainly hope that, after the secretary-general has had a good night's sleep in Rome, he may wake up and realize that he made a mistake, and apologize for those very unfortunate words.

Amazing. Snark from the Israeli ambassador in the midst of such unnecessary and cruel deaths.

PHOTO CAPTION: UN personnel carry the body of one of the UN military observers who was killed by an Israeli bombardment of the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam. Photograph: Lotfallah Daher/AP

Bloglines - Lies and the Lying Liars


Lies and the Lying Liars

By Atrios

Oooh, just feel that straight talk from Saint McCain.

Call McCain's offices and ask them if his ignorance or deception about this issue means he's unqualified to lead. Ask if he intends to apologize to those who smeared.

241 Russell Senate Ofc. Bldg.
United States Senate
, Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2235
Fax: (202) 228-2862

5353 North 16th Street
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Phone: (602) 952-2410
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Phone: (480) 897-6289
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Ricky Gervias explains the Bible