The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

News for 08-07-06

08-07-06 - Israeli airstrikes kill 15 in Lebanon Seven people were killed when a missile hit a house in Qassmieh on the coast north of the port city of Tyre, civil defense official Youssef Khairallah said. A woman and her daughter were killed in an attack near a Lebanese army checkpoint between the villages of Harouf and Dweir, security officials said. Four other people were killed in a raid on that destroyed a house in Kfar Tebnit....Air raids on the town of Ghaziyeh also destroyed several buildings, killing at least one person and wounding 14, hospital officials said. A building collapsed on its residents in the village of Ghassaniyeh, and at least one body was retrieved from under the rubble. Witnesses and civil defense workers at the scene said six more people were buried under the rubble but that could not be confirmed

08-07-06 - Lebanon pleads for ceasefire as Israeli blitz kills 69

08-07-06 - Cabinet will send army to South - if invaders leave Defense Minister Elias Murr said Monday night after a Cabinet session that the government would deploy 15,000 troops along the UN-demarcated Blue Line as soon as Israeli forces withdrew.

08-07-06 - Arab nations demand UN shift to end Lebanon war Israeli air raids killed more than 50 people on Monday, making it one of deadliest days for Lebanon in the war

08-07-06 - Red Cross: Israel denying safe passage The Israeli military has denied permission for aid groups to move food and medicine to besieged villages in southern Lebanon for two days, the Red Cross said Monday.

08-07-06 - Lebanese civilians attempt to reach an elderly woman, illuminated with a search light, trapped on the top floor of a heavily damaged apartment building

08-07-06 - A young injured Lebanese girl cries as she is comforted by a medic at a hospital in the suburbs of Beirut

08-07-06 - A Lebanese civilian calls for help standing with others on top of rubble that used to be a multi-story apartment building which collapsed after an Israeli air strike

08-07-06 - Lebanese Khadijeh Saleh and her son, bottom, react after a building collapsed on their relatives, in the town of Ghassaniyeh

08-07-06 - Workers from the aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres,or Doctors Without Borders, transfer medical supplies from a truck by hand intended for southern Lebanon

08-07-06 - A Lebanese civil defense rescuer touches the hand of a dead woman who was found under the rubble of a collapsed building

08-07-06 - Lebanese civilian Sahar Zabad is carried away by civil defence workers after being pulled out alive from a destroyed house

08-07-06 - American Red Cross Commits $500,000 for Humanitarian Assistance in Lebanon Web Site Established to Help Families Restore Contact Lebanon's 911.

08-07-06 - A Lebanese injured baby cries while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the suburbs of Beirut,

08-07-06 - Some victims' progressive lesions mystify doctors "It is an injury by an explosion of what appears to be a non-conventional weapon that aims to make burns on the skin with maximum level of penetration," I've seen many Lebanese victims, including children, afflicted with these types of marks from Israeli munitions.

08-07-06 - Sanctions threaten Russian ties: analysts "The official reaction from the Kremlin, especially when it sinks in about how serious this is, will be severe. I think there will be countermeasures."

08-07-06 - Brutal US attack on unarmed Afghans captured by photos All the witnesses to the incident reported at least one US vehicle opened fire on the civilians. "I saw with my own eyes that the soldier fired on the people,"

08-07-06 - Israel cuts main aid artery into south Lebanon They said they faced increased danger after separate Israeli air strikes hit two vehicles within meters of a U.N. World Food Programme convoy on Sunday, killing at least two civilians....."The deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure is a violation of international law," U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon David Shearer told reporters in Beirut. Israel doesn't now nor has it ever abided by international law.

08-07-06 - A Lebanese fisherman inspects his damaged fishing boat at the port of the southern suburb of Ouzai, in Beirut

08-07-06 - Rice: Iraq not on way to becoming Iran But reports say Tehran-backed Hizbullah sees 'widespread support' in Iraq, and may be inspiring Madhi Army militia.

08-07-06 - Israel: U.N. deal must disarm Hezbollah A U.N.-declared cease-fire to stop the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas must ensure that the militant Shiite group cannot be rearmed by Syria and Iran, a senior Israeli official said Sunday.

08-07-06 - Israel threatens wider conflict as diplomacy stalls

08-07-06 - Army details rape-slaying of Iraqi girl

08-07-06 - Iran says US or Israeli attack will face "raging sea" Any U.S. or Israeli attack against Iran will be returned by a force 100 times stronger, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Monday, as pressure mounts on Tehran's atomic work and its support for Hizbollah.

08-07-06 - Arab anger at their governments grow As their anger against Israel and America swells, protesters across the Middle East are also increasingly venting their frustration at their Arab rulers, especially in moderate countries whose governments have been reliable U.S. allies.

08-07-06 - Chavez accuses Israel of 'new Holocaust' Chavez's comments in his weekly radio and TV broadcast came three days after he said he was recalling Venezuela's top diplomat to Israel to express his government's indignation over Israeli attacks in Lebanon and its actions toward Palestinians.

08-07-06 - No political upside in criticizing Israel by Robert Novak Such critics of Israel inevitably are taken to task, sooner or later -- usually sooner

08-07-06 - Rice rejects storm of criticism of US Mideast policy Rice also took aim Sunday at former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, quoted last week in the Financial Times as criticising Rice's previous statement that the Lebanon conflict represented the "birth pangs of a new Middle East."

08-07-06 - Nearly all Palestinians back Hezbollah: poll

08-07-06 - UN general warns against 'Iraq situation' Any attempt to deploy international troops to disarm Hizbullah by force would turn Lebanon into another Iraq, according to the head of Unifil, the UN's monitoring mission in Lebanon.

08-07-06 - Lebanon fighting must stop now, Putin tells Blair Russian President Vladimir Putin has told British Prime Minister Tony Blair "of the need for an immediate halt to hostilities" in Lebanon, the Kremlin has said.

08-07-06 - Baby winning fight for life in Lebanon

08-07-06 - US evangelist leads the millions seeking a battle with Islam Americans and their foreign policy are held hostage by religious fanatics.

08-07-06 - Canada falls in line with Washington on Mideast policy A recent poll by the Strategic Counsel survey found only 32 percent of Canadians backed Harper's view while some 45 percent opposed it, and 77 percent said Canada should remain neutral in the current conflict.

08-07-06 - Israel, not Hizbullah, is putting civilians in danger on both sides of the border The impression that Hizbullah is using civilians as human shields has been reinforced, according to HRW, by official Israeli statements that have ?blurred the distinction between civilians and combatants, arguing that only people associated with Hezbollah remain in southern Lebanon, so all are legitimate targets of attack

08-07-06 - Israel shoots down Hizbollah drone

08-07-06 - Rockets hit Israeli-Arabs, too Many residents of Wadi Nisnas, one of the best-known Arab neighborhoods in a city often celebrated as a model of peaceful Jewish-Arab coexistence, expressed frustration Monday that the Israeli municipality had not built any shelters here or found other solutions for the residents....."It's not only that there are no shelters in this neighborhood, but that there is a system of discrimination in all kinds of services," says Jafar Farah, the director of the Mossawa Center, a local Arab rights organization. "We were asking them since the second day of the war open something and they have refused." Israel uses its Arabs, like it does the Palestinians, as human shields?

08-07-06 - Toll of a war that shames the world 29 Lebanese Army soldiers have been killed. 3,293 Lebanese have been wounded. 45 per cent of the casualties have been children. 913,000 Lebanese have been displaced (300,000 of whom are children). 94 Israelis have been killed and 1,867 wounded.

08-07-06 - Tape shows Hezbollah 'confession' The videoed interrogation appears to have been heavily edited. They cut out the parts where they tortured him into admitting he 'trained in Iran', no doubt.

08-07-06 - The New Munich Lebanon, 2006, and Czechoslovakia, 1938 ? the historical parallels American appeasement of Israel, against all moral and practical considerations, has resulted in the weakening of Israel, Levy argues, and ratcheted up hostility to the Jewish state in the region to a fever pitch. I agree with Levy's analysis, and would add that American interests aren't too well served by this "symmetry," either. Why does America ALWAYS get blamed for Israel's problems by these Israeli commentators? It's like laying all blame on the coerced enabler of a drunken individual. Is it fault of the enabler that's been coerced (by the Israeli lobby), or is it the fault of the drunk himself, who can't rein in his own behavior?

08-07-06 - Galloway Rips Skynews a New One

08-07-06 - Israel withdraws Venezuela envoy Israel is withdrawing its ambassador to Venezuela as a row grows between the two countries over the war in Lebanon.

08-07-06 - Reuters withdraws all photos by freelancer "This doesn't mean that every one of his 920 photographs in our database was altered. We know that not to be the case from the majority of images we have looked at so far but we need to act swiftly and in a precautionary manner." It looks like some of that photographers photos were removed from the Yahoo photos database as well. I just checked this last night and there were far more in there than there is now.

08-07-06 - A group of Orthodox Jews take part in a demonstration protesting the war in Lebanon, in Montreal

08-07-06 - National Council of Churches of S'pore concerned over Mideast crisis

08-07-06 - 'No ban on Arab channels in India' The Indian government Monday clarified there was no ban on any news channel based in the Middle East from telecasting its programmes in India - a fact some media representatives from the Gulf nations here confirm.

08-07-06 - Amnesty International Holds Vigils Calling for Ceasefire; More than 50 Events Planned Across the U.S.

08-07-06 - Palestinians may be the big winners of the Lebanon conflict.


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