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Post time 2006-7-21 21:51:10 |Display all floors

Readying for a real war?

Israel calls up troops, warns Lebanese
(Associated Press)

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel called up reserve troops Friday and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon, as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone.

Hezbollah militants fired at least 11 rockets at Israel's port city of Haifa, wounding three people. Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon's main road link to Syria, collapsing part of Lebanon's longest bridge. A U.N.-run observation post near the border was hit, but no one was hurt.

Ships lined up at Beirut's port as a massive evacuation effort to pull out Americans and other foreigners picked up speed. U.S. officials said more than 8,000 of the roughly 25,000 Americans who live or work in Lebanon will be evacuated by the weekend.

After 10 days of the heaviest bombardment of Lebanon in 24 years, Israel appears to have decided that a large-scale incursion across the border is the only way to push Hezbollah back. But mounting civilian casualties and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese could limit the time Israel has to achieve its goals, as international tolerance for the bloodshed and destruction runs out.

An Israeli military radio station warned residents of 12 border villages in southern Lebanon to leave before 2 p.m. Friday. It was the latest in a series of recent warnings from the Al-Mashriq station, which has said Israeli forces would "act immediately" to halt Hezbollah rocket fire.

At least 335 people have been killed in Lebanon in the Israeli campaign, according to Lebanese security officials. Thirty-four Israelis also have been killed, including 19 soldiers.
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Post time 2006-7-22 13:15:45 |Display all floors
Rice rejects quick fix in Mideast
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WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rejected the "false promise" of an immediate cease-fire in the spreading war between Israel and Hezbollah on Friday and said she would seek long-term peace during a trip to the Mideast beginning Sunday.

The top U.S. diplomat defended her decision not to meet with Hezbollah leaders or their Syrian backers during her visit.

"Syria knows what it needs to do, and Hezbollah is the source of the problem," Rice said as she previewed her trip, which begins with a stop in Israel.

Rice said the United States is committed to ending the bloodshed, but not before certain conditions are met. The Bush administration has said that Hezbollah must first turn over the two Israeli soldiers whose capture set off the 10-day-old violence, and stop firing missiles into Israel.

"We do seek an end to the current violence, we seek it urgently. We also seek to address the root causes of that violence," Rice said. "A cease-fire would be a false promise if it simply returns us to the status quo."

The United States has resisted international pressure to lean on its ally Israel to halt the fighting. The U.S. position has allowed Israel more time to try to destroy what both nations consider a Hezbollah terrorist network in southern Lebanon.

In addition, the Bush administration was rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel after receiving a request last week, The New York Times reported. The munitions were part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel could tap at any time, the Times reported in an article posted on its Web site Friday night.
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Post time 2006-7-22 13:18:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by theshepherd at 2006-7-22 13:15
Rice rejects quick fix in Mideast
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WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rejected the "false promise" of an immediate cease-fire in the spreading war between Israel an ...


Maybe, Rice and her boss Bush did not see the civilian death toll as high enough, so they thought there is need for an urgent fix. Cold-blooded politicians!
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Post time 2006-7-27 10:20:25 |Display all floors

Israel has gone too far (China Daily)

This is a China Daily commentary.

Israel has gone too far
(China Daily)
Updated: 2006-07-27 06:19

Israel's attack on a long established and clearly marked Untied Nations base overlooking the border at Khiam in southern Lebanon on Tuesday is stunning.

Four United Nations observers were killed in their bunker, including one from China.

The co-ordinated artillery and aerial raid occurred despite personal assurances given to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that UN positions would be spared Israeli fire.

We express our strongest condemnation at this inhuman move and convey our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

Israel must apologize for the bombing and to the victims' families.

Read the commentary: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2006-07/27/content_650474.htm
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Post time 2006-8-2 10:39:56 |Display all floors
Demonstrators protest in San Francisco, California against Israel's air strikes on Lebanon and the Gaza Strip August 1, 2006.  REUTERS
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Post time 2006-8-2 16:14:48 |Display all floors

This is a disaster for libanese !

"hen civilian targets in the US or any European countries are hit, it is called terrorist action."

I agree with it !

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