Monday :: Jul 31, 2006

Israel Resumes Attacks While Condi Looks Like A Dupe


by Steve

Well, so much for that 48-hour stand-down that Condi thought she got the IDF to agree to. The bombings and killing of unintended victims have resumed already.

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon on Monday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt raids while investigating a bombing that killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians, mostly women and children seeking shelter.
Monday's airstrikes near the village of Taibe were meant to protect ground forces operating in the area and were not targeting anyone or anything specific, the army said.
In a second airstrike around the port city of Tyre, Israel accidentally killed a Lebanese soldier when it hit a car that it believed was carrying a senior Hezbollah official, the Israeli army said. Lebanese security officials said the soldier was killed by a rocket strike from a drone aircraft.
The Israeli army justified the action, saying the leader believed to have been in the car was a threat to Israel. Instead, the car was carrying a Lebanese army officer and soldiers.
"They were, of course, not the targets and we regret the incident," the army said.

The Bush Administration apparently has no problem with its Secretary of State looking impotent to deal with this, and cares more about letting Israel run unimpeded for as long as it determines necessary.

Hours before the fighting resumed, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the U.N. Security Council to arrange a cease-fire agreement by week's end that would include an international force to help Lebanese forces control southern Lebanon.
But Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz made clear that Israel would not agree to an immediate cease-fire and in fact planned to expand military operations in Lebanon.
"It's forbidden to agree to an immediate cease-fire," Peretz told parliament as several Arab legislators heckled him and demanded an immediate halt to the offensive. "Israel will expand and strengthen its activities against the Hezbollah."

Yet Condi is already declaring victory, as if yesterday’s carnage doesn’t mean anything.

Despite failing to stop the fighting, Rice earlier said in Jerusalem that she believed she had managed to underpin a future lasting peace.
"As I head back to Washington, I take with me an emerging consensus on what is necessary for both an urgent ceasefire and a lasting settlement," Rice said.
"I am convinced we can achieve both this week," said Rice, who laid out broad principles of a proposed deal, but did not discuss the exact measures that would be adopted to put it in place.

I think any chance that the Bush Administration had at a comprehensive solution and keeping the lid on this died with the women and children in that building yesterday.

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