The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Monday, August 14, 2006

News for 08-13-06

08-13-06 - Source: U.S., U.K. at odds over timing of arrests In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.

08-13-06 - Bomb plot: What we know... and what we don't

08-13-06 - Thirteen killed as Israel keeps up strikes on Lebanon Thirteen civilians, including a mother and three children, were killed as Israel pounded targets across Lebanon despite expectations of an impending ceasefire...Israeli raids killed two Palestinians and wounded seven others in the Tyre area as well as in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon, police said. Three civilians were killed and 15 others wounded when Israeli war planes destroyed a house and a prayer building in the village of Ali an-Nahri east of the ancient city of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon. Two civilians were killed and six others wounded in Israeli bombardments on a pick-up carrying gas canisters at the entrance of Baalbek.

08-13-06 - Israeli missile kills three members of one Lebanese family The search for the remaining victims had to be called off because of renewed Israeli raids on the city Sunday that targeted petrol stations, sparking a huge fire that threatened to engulf a nearby hospital.

08-13-06 - Hezbollah fires 250 rockets into Israel Hezbollah fired more than 250 rockets into Israel on Sunday, the fiercest attack against northern Israel since the fighting began more than a month ago, the Israeli army reported. One Israeli man was killed.

08-13-06 - US involved in planning Israel's operations in Lebanon "When they grabbed the soldiers in early July, that was then a pretext" for Israel's assault on Hezbollah, Hersh said Sunday on CNN television...."This White House will find a way to view what happened with the Israelis against Hezbollah as a victory, and they'll find a way to see it as a positive for any planning that is going towards Iran," he told CNN.

08-13-06 - Lebanon falters over truce detail

08-13-06 - Annan says Lebanon fighting to end but Israel pushes assault Israel carried out waves of deadly bombing raids on Lebanon, flattening homes, bridges and setting petrol stations ablaze even after UN chief Kofi Annan said a ceasefire in the devastating month-old war would take effect on Monday.

08-13-06 - Nervous wait for aid agencies Four weeks of fighting have seen the deaths of more than 1,000 people in Lebanon - most of them, civilians - and more than 120 Israelis - most of them, soldiers.

08-13-06 - OPT: Patients pay the price of embargo

08-13-06 - Israel's attack on Lebanon was a dry run for America vs. Iran New article by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh. When he writes, get ready to sit on the edge of your seat.

08-13-06 - Iran insists on nuclear right, threatens to quit IAEA Iran repeated its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment activities as called for in a UN resolution, threatening instead to withdraw from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

08-13-06 - Bush 'viewed war in Lebanon as a curtain-raiser for attack on Iran' Note - I saw this article AFTER I had already made my blog post on the same topic.

08-13-06 - Tyre bombing fires threaten hospital Israeli warplanes have bombed five petrol stations in Lebanon's southern port city of Tyre, sparking a huge fire that threatens to engulf a nearby hospital, the hospital director says.

08-13-06 - Members of the Lebanese Red Cross carry the coffin of their colleague Mikaeil Georges Jbaili, who was killed during an Israeli air raid

08-13-06 - A Lebanese firefighter extinguishes a fire at a destroyed building after an Israeli airstrike attacked a complex of eight residential buildings

08-13-06 - Ongoing heavy civilian toll in Lebanon 'unacceptable': Red Cross The humanitarian agency highlighted an Israeli air strike Friday on hundreds of people fleeing the area of Marajayoun by car, in which six were killed and 32 were wounded.

08-13-06 - Lebanon war a 'total defeat' for Israel: Iran Reacting to the UN Security Council resolution unanimously adopted Friday calling for an end to hostilities in Lebanon, Asefi said Iran considers it "unbalanced" but is nevertheless "satisfied" because the text took into account Lebanese demands and did not result in the United States and Israel "completely imposing their will."

08-13-06 - Lebanon UN resolution not enough: Saudi FM

08-13-06 - Fleeing Lebanese Christians See Town Forever Changed

08-13-06 - In pictures: Renewed violence

08-13-06 - Israel urges firm application of Lebanon resolution

08-13-06 - Why Bush embraces Israel's hard line A recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll found that 59 percent of respondents judged Israel's actions in the current conflict "justified." That's a stark contrast to opinion in Europe. In Britain, a Daily Telegraph poll found that only 17 percent of respondents agreed that Israeli attacks were "appropriate and proportional." In Germany, a similar survey found only 12 percent approval. And therein lies the reason why Americans 'support' Israel: our media does not portray any part of Israel's behavior in both Lebanon and Palestine in any truthful way. In Europe, you have an entirely different story - which is why I read mostly the British coverage of the events in the Middle East. Americans are being deceived - in a BIG way.

08-13-06 - Is conspiracy a war crime? "This is just contempt for the court's opinion," says George Fletcher, a professor at Columbia Law School who authored a friend of the court brief in the Hamdan case that first raised the conspiracy issue. "If Congress says we can go around it, that is just crazy. They don't understand what they are doing."

08-13-06 - Immigrant says FBI tried threats to make him spy Ouassif treaded water for seven months in a murky administrative netherworld - facing vague accusations of terrorist activity, but granted no court hearing - while he says he was pressed aggressively to become an informant.

08-13-06 - American support may no longer be enough Israelis typically regard themselves as superior to their neighbours, and the root cause of this mentality lies in their sense of racial superiority. Indeed it is impossible to explain Israel's attitude towards the west on the one hand and its Arab neighbours on the other without understanding its racial character and motivation. Israelis aspire to be treated on a par with westerners - that is, of course, white westerners; by the same token they have contempt for Arabs, including those who are citizens of Israel, whom they look down on as less civilised than themselves. Israel behaves in the manner of a settler colony whose people do not believe they are of the region but who none the less think they have every right to be there.

08-13-06 - Iranian president lambasts US on new blog

08-13-06 - Iran leader says US and Europe face backlash from supporting Israel Commenting on the Israeli-Hezbollah war, the conservative leader said US support for Israel "threatens the future of all peoples, including the American and European peoples.

08-13-06 - Truce will be Israel's last, Lebanon envoy declares "Lebanon will be, I think, the last state to sign a peace treaty with Israel," UN ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud told CNN television's "Late Edition" program, without explaining the remark.

08-13-06 - Iran, Iraq discuss oil exchange deal Iranian and Iraqi oil ministers reportedly discussed details of a plan for Tehran to provide refined products in return for Iraqi crude.

08-13-06 - Israel says it can target Hizbollah arms despite truce "The ceasefire is not a cessation of Israeli army activity in the Lebanon arena ... It will protect its troops and civilians."

08-13-06 - Venezuela won't push for Israel boycott Venezuela said Sunday that it does not back an OPEC oil boycott to protest Israel's military offensive in Lebanon but warned the conflict would continue "pressuring" world oil prices.

08-13-06 - Resistance agrees truce, can it now resist a fight?

08-13-06 - Analysts fear truce will be trapped in Catch 22

08-13-06 - Bush's belief in a worldwide Islamist conspiracy is foolish and dangerous Bush - the great uniter (of Muslims worldwide vs. the US).

08-13-06 - Israel Seeks Hint of Victory Israel's move to greatly increase its ground forces in Lebanon a day before it is expected to accept a cease-fire has two goals: to damage Hezbollah as much as possible and to conclude the conflict with something that could be called a victory for an Israeli government under domestic pressure. Israel needs to save face and will take advantage of the ceasefire to attempt to claim victory.

08-13-06 - Spot the difference More than one mainstream media journalist feels the debate over Qana is part of a wider campaign by Israeli sympathisers to discredit journalism that shows Lebanese victims. In other words, blogs are now part of an old-fashioned propaganda war. Well yeh. But this is really nothing new. For as long as I've studied the ME conflict online, there has been no shortage of Israel-defenders in cyberspace.


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