The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

News for 07-31-06

07-31-06 - Iran defiant, nuclear crisis set to escalate

07-31-06 - 15 disabled children killed in Qana Mr Hariri, who presides over several charitable organisations, said several families had already been evacuated towards the city of Sidon but some families of the handicapped had wanted to stay.

07-31-06 - Lebanese soldier killed by Israeli naval fire A Lebanese soldier was killed and three wounded by Israeli naval fire north of the port city of Tyre, police have said, while Israeli war planes went into action despite a pledge to halt air raids temporarily.

07-31-06 - Lebanon ceasefire calls mount as world protests at Israeli raid Calls for such a ceasefire were echoed around the world

07-31-06 - Press photographer Wael Ladiki carries a elderly woman, name not given, Monday July 31, 2006, after she spend a week in a basement of the southern town of Bint Jbail

07-31-06 - Rice tells Iran to heed UN, or face sanctions The United Nations passed a resolution on Monday which gives Iran until the end of this month to suspend its enrichment activities or face "appropriate measures" under Article 41 of Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which pertains to economic sanctions.

07-31-06 - Israel responsible for Qana attack; war crimes on both sides: HRW The watchdog organization said its researchers have been in Lebanon since the onset of the current hostilities on July 12 and have documented dozens of cases in which Israeli forces have carried out indiscriminate attacks against civilians.

07-31-06 - ICRC alarmed by disrespect for humanitarian law after Qana bombing "Issuing advance warning to the civilian population of impending attacks in no way relieves a warring party of its obligations under the rules and principles of international humanitarian law,"

07-31-06 - Nissan's Ghosn signs off on aid for Lebanon victims Japanese car maker Nissan Motor Co. said on Monday it would donate $200,000 to help displaced victims of the conflict in Lebanon, the ancestral home of Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn.

07-31-06 - Air strikes shatter pause as Israel starts new ground assault The 48-hour pause in bombardment announced by Israel to allow civilians to leave southern Lebanon was interrupted within hours of its start yesterday when the Israeli military launched three air strikes at targets near the border.

07-31-06 - Israel rejects ceasefire calls after Qana outrage

07-31-06 - Iran, Palestine Sign Mou On Agricultural Cooperation Palestine seeks Iran's support in scientific, educational and technical sectors, he said adding that the MoU underlines reconstruction of a veterinary center in Nablus and promotion of research on agricultural products in Palestine.

07-31-06 - Lebanon asks UN for international probe of Qana "Some of us are tired of listening to a kind of self-righteous discourse about self-defense," Mitri said. "We have heard ad nauseum that in wars mistakes are committed." But he said there was "a pattern of behavior" in repeated Israeli actions against Lebanon. "You are all aware that none of those aggressions achieved its stated aim," he added.
And you can bet John Bolton will NOT be championing THIS Lebanese investigation at the UN. Bolton serves ISRAEL and when Israel does the killing, watch how fast this hypocrite backpeddles.

07-31-06 - The children went to sleep believing they were safe. And then Israel targeted them as terrorists "The first bomb hit at about 1.15 am and only about six or eight people ran out of the house,'' said Khalil Bourji, a 54-year-old neighbour. "There was smoke everywhere but just as the smoke cleared a second bomb landed. The people who did this, the Israelis, are devils.''

07-31-06 - Killings at Qana Ghazi Adibbi says the two families, like many others left behind, didn't have the money to flee to safe havens in the north. "They were just farmers and couldn't leave their fields,"
This photo I came across at Yahoo News seems to depict Kevin Sites himself helping rescue an elderly Lebanese woman in Qana.

07-31-06 - Lebanese plead for help in shattered border town Many residents and refugees spoke of the horror they endured in the shelters, hearing explosions nearby and Israeli warplanes overhead. Exploding artillery shells could still be heard in the distance on Monday.

07-31-06 - Environmental 'crisis' in Lebanon The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has expressed its "grave concern" about oil pollution in Lebanese coastal waters.

07-31-06 - 'How can we stand by and allow this to go on?' And there was no doubt of the missile which killed all those children yesterday. It came from the United States, and upon a fragment of it was written: "For use on MK-84 Guided Bomb BSU-37-B". Israel and its lobby here in the US have made sure that America is one of the most hated countries on earth.

07-31-06 - Iraqi VP accuses Israel of 'massacres' Iraq's vice president on Monday accused Israel of carrying out "massacres" in Lebanon, the strongest criticism yet of the Jewish state by a top official of the U.S-backed Iraqi government.

07-31-06 - US arms flight diverted from Scotland after cabinet protest Two US cargo planes believed to be carrying bombs bound for Israel were kept from stopping over in Scotland because of protests in the British cabinet, the BBC said. Most countries do not unconditionally support Israel the way we do. Then again, most (with the exception of Canada and Australia) do not have such a powerful Israeli lobby.

07-31-06 - Is the US Encouraging Israel to Attack Syria? According to Sunday's Jerusalem Post, IDF officials have been "receiving indications from the United States that the U.S. would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria."

07-31-06 - Christian sixteen-year-old Elie and his mother inspect their destroyed home in Jiyeh, south of Beirut

07-31-06 - Israeli jailed for refusing to fight in Lebanon "He said this war is against his moral values," said Ishai Menuchin, 48, a spokesman for Yesh Gvul, a group whose Hebrew name means "There is a limit".

07-31-06 - IDF says it may not be responsible for Qana deaths "Just because we bombed the building doesn't mean the collapse had anything to do with us! The two events are totally unrelated. And you're a filthy anti-Semite if you dare suggest otherwise, too!" They must be fresh out of bullshit, folks. It would be increasingly difficult to pin this one on any ghost 'militants' like they have in the past (in Palestine).

07-31-06 - Bush Stance May Be Backfiring The Bush administration may have badly miscalculated in insisting that any Mideast cease-fire be tied to long-term objectives. As the toll on Lebanese civilians has soared, even moderate Arab governments have turned into U.S. critics, and Hezbollah's support has climbed across the region.

07-31-06 - Lebanese army stops Israeli helicopters landing The Lebanese army opened fire on Israeli helicopters trying to land near a town in the Bekaa valley, preventing them from setting down, Lebanese security sources and witnesses said.

07-31-06 - Aid Group, Islamic Relief, to Send 85 Tons of Urgently Needed Humanitarian Aid to Lebanon; Airlift to Leave Salt Lake City Tonight The cargo plane will be carrying essential aid items supplied by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as medical supplies, hygiene kits, powdered milk, baby formula, and hand soap

07-31-06 - Israel keeps up pressure Israel vowed yesterday to keep up its military offensive against Hezbollah, as one of the country's senior generals said the air strike that killed four unarmed peacekeepers, including Canadian Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, at a United Nations post on Tuesday was deliberate but accidental. Deliberate AND accidental? What kind of BS are they trying to pull now?

07-31-06 - A photograph of a Lebanese girl is seen in the rubble of a mosque that was hit in an Israeli missile strike in the village of Qana

07-31-06 - A Lebanese man inspects a bus that was destroyed on a road between the Lebanese and the Syrian checkpoints

07-31-06 - Qana villagers refute IDF claims building fell hours after strike Witnesses at the scene corroborated the IDF claim that the strike on the building, which is located in the Hariva neighborhood of Qana, was carried out at 1:00 A.M. After the initial strike, some of the building's residents exited in an attempt to survey the damage, in effect saving themselves. A few minutes later, IAF planes struck the building once again, causing the walls to collapse on the residents who did not vacate, killing them in the process. Arab media began reporting on the incident after dawn Sunday, approximately seven hours after the strike. The reports did not note, however, that the building collapsed a short time prior to Arab journalists' arrival on the scene.

07-31-06 - Senate panel puts off Bolton vote to September Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record) on Sunday said he doubts Democrats this time would be able to muster the 41 votes in the 100-member Senate needed to block the nomination. The New York Democrat also said he was reviewing his own position, after voting last year to block him, because Bolton has been a "staunch and very good defender of Israel" at the United Nations
I'm sorry but, what about AMERICA?

07-31-06 - Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership; this indeed has been the pattern

07-31-06 - Lebanese return to devastation in Beirut suburb "If my wife were to die, I could marry another," he said, laughing with his spouse. "If I were to die, she could marry again. But dignity, you can't recover that."

07-31-06 - Iran likens Israelis to Hitler after attack on Qana

07-31-06 - Raise readiness, Assad tells Syrian Army

07-31-06 - A US leader in his second term should have the power to rein in Israel. But George Bush is no ordinary president By giving these weapons to Israel, the US government is, in effect, stating that all its military actions are being pursued in the cause of legitimate self-defence, American interests and world peace. The US also becomes morally complicit in Israel's murder of civilians. The diplomatic cover this provides is indispensable.Since 1972 the US has used its veto in the UN security council on 40 occasions to prevent the passage of resolutions that sought either to defend the rights of the Palestinians or to condemn the excesses of Israel's government.

07-31-06 - Top Republican asks Bush to push for immediate Lebanon ceasefire Chuck Hagel - I bless thee.

07-31-06 - Annan's secret call to Straw The UN secretary general rang Mr Straw hours after Britain and the US blocked a call for an immediate ceasefire at the Rome summit, and a day after Israel bombed a UN monitoring position, killing four observers.

07-31-06 - Deported MP attacks 'outrageous' treatment by Israeli officials "We had raised money for a children's library and nursery at a refugee camp in Ramallah and the women were due to check on the progress of these badly-needed projects

07-31-06 - White flags, not a legitimate target Time after time, Israel strikes at civilian homes and civilian vehicles attempting to flee the besieged southern border zone, killing families without any military objective in sight.

07-31-06 - U.N. scraps meeting about Mideast troops The United Nations on Monday scrapped a meeting of nations that might contribute troops to help stabilize south Lebanon, a decision that reflected the deep divisions among key nations on how to end the three-week war between Israel and Hezbollah.

07-31-06 - As efforts gain steam for cease-fire, Israel Lebanon differ on the details The United States tends to side with Israel; most of the international community sides with Lebanon. And here's why.

07-31-06 - Ad demands immediate cease-fire A U.S. Jewish group sponsored a full-page ad in The New York Times demanding an immediate end to the violence in the Middle East.

07-31-06 - The futility of force - Senior army officers have begun to accept that military power might never win a war again Military force can no longer guarantee victory, certainly not in the conflict Israel and its western allies say they are engaged in - the "war on terror", as the Bush White House calls it, or the "long war", as the Pentagon now prefers.

07-31-06 - CNN anchor takes Israeli spokeswoman to task

07-31-06 - The Return of the Neocons The Israeli blitz may not have succeeded in cleaning out Hezbollah from the southern precincts of Lebanon, but it will almost certainly accomplish the expulsion of the "realists" from the councils of state and put the neocons back in the saddle in Washington.

07-31-06 - Is Hizbullah winning by losing? Israel destroyed Lebanon over the abduction of two soldiers - who are never even mentioned anymore. Israel may win the battle but she has clearly lost the war. And all of the propagandizing in the world isn't going to change that.

07-31-06 - Ethiopian Jews face more conflict in Israel Ethiopian Jews who fled their country recently seeking refuge in Israel are being forced to spend their first weeks living underground as rockets land in northern Israel.

07-31-06 - Former U of T professor detained in Israel once 'questioned for 60 hours'


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