Monday, July 31, 2006

"Israel has lost the battle for hearts and minds"

A desperate Lebanese family awaits evacuation in Tibnine.
FDQL: Fire Dept. Qana Lebanon, 7/30.
Zheia Bateool, age 2, is released from a hospital in Lebanon after she was treated for burns and shrapnel wounds suffered when her family home was bombed by Israelis.

"The perception that Israel has lost the battle for hearts and minds, and that Hezbollah and Iran have won, was reinforced by the Israeli attack on the Lebanese village of Qana, which killed dozens of civilians, including many children."

--Michael Slackman, New York Times, Aug. 1, 2006

The Qana Tipping Point
Jefferson Morely, Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2006

The Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana early Sunday morning did more than kill 57 civilians. According to a wide range of commentary in the international media, it inflamed already boiling public opinion in the Arab world against Israel, undermined what little support the United States has among the Lebanese people, and illuminated the continuing inability of Israel and the United States to achieve their goal of decisively weakening Hezbollah.

On Monday, the leading English-language news sites in the Arab world -- including Aljazeera.net, the Jordan Times, the Beirut "Daily Star," and the Arab News -- featured photos of rescue workers carrying the dusty bodies of children from the wreckage of a Qana apartment building where they had taken refuge. The headlines were blunt: "Israel Massacres Kids," said the Arab News in Saudi Arabia. The Qana attack wiped out concerns in the Sunni Arab world, voiced early in the conflict, about Hezbollah and its allies in Shiite Iran.

The "Daily Star" and many other sites emphasized a historical angle that most Americans were probably unaware of: that Qana had been the site of an unprovoked Israeli attack on a refugee camp in 1996 that killed 106 civilians. "The Israeli butchers have added a new line to their bloody record," said Al Ahram, the leading daily newspaper of Egypt whose editor is appointed by the country's pro-American leader Hosni Mubarak. "This dark chapter resembles the one that took place ten years ago. The place is the same... the butchers are the same and the victims again are innocent children and women."

Almost ninety percent of all respondents agreed that the United States “is not an honest mediator” in the Middle East. The Bush administration has said that its goal is bolster Lebanese democracy. The vast majority of Lebanese don’t believe it...

Lebanon's "Daily Star" newspaper said July 31 that the Qana massacre has boosted support for Hezbollah. “Now that fresh images of the broken bodies of the women and children of Qana are being shown on our television screens, the idea of forgetting has become all the more unthinkable. These images have stirred the anger and outrage of even the most moderate Lebanese, proving that Israeli brutality - not Hizbullah - has become Israel's own worst enemy. Israel's unabashed butchery in Qana has only demonstrated to many of those who were on the fence that there is indeed a legitimate need for resistance.”

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

On Jul 31, 2006, at 21:11, B.F. wrote: Re: "Israel has lost the battle for hearts and minds."

This has truly been my experience. The information gathering efforts of so many people on the internet has been stellar. May God bless them all, and most especially yourself. Any sincere person with half a brain could piece the story together from the information available. And as you say, many people are tracing the pathology back to it's source in rabbinic Judaism, which is a very positive development.

From the work I've been doing on internet forums it's obvious that the big guns of Zionist apologetics are sitting this one out. It has been a great window of opportunity to get the message out in places where I'm certain that I would have been tarred, feathered and then lit on fire before being banned from the forum at any other time.

It's a small triumph, and sadly it came at the expense of the suffering of an entire nation, but it's a triumph nonetheless.

As one who always attempts to keep a level head, I wonder, what do we make of it all?

I am of the opinion that at some point Zionists are going to attempt to create anti-"Jewish" sentiments on a much greater scale as a means of drawing the more liberated Judaics into the fold. Could that be related to what's happening here?

Sincerely, B.F.

HOFFMAN REPLIES:

Yes, I agree, the Israelis may generate their own atrocity sympathy through black ops.

Second, they commit crimes and massacres in Lebanon based in part on psychological and other studies that determine that the carnage will be but a hazy memory a year from now.

The April, 1996 Israeli massacre at Qana, which according to Amnesty International was deliberate and unprovoked, was described by both the NY Times (Steve Erlanger) and the LA Times yesterday, July 31, as having been an accident. There is no price to pay for this holocaust denial on the part of the these major newspapers. Even if the blame were pinned squarely and deservedly on the Israelis by the US media, Qana '96 has not been indelibly memorialized in any way: no monumental statue, no annual commemoration, no documentary movie with interviews with the survivors; no stirring song, renowned poem or gripping theatre to enshrine it for all time.

Furthermore, Beirut was horribly firebombed throughout the summer of 1982 by the Israelis, including schools and hospitals. No one remembers it today, not even the victims. The Arab memory for 1982 is mainly of the September massacre at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camp, not the city of Beirut (particularly in August) under Israeli terror-bombing.

Whenever the bombs stop falling in Lebanon, the world will turn its eye to some other disaster zone, perhaps in Asia or America's own hurricane alley. At that point it will be up to the Arabs to kindle the memory of what transpired in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Let's hope they change their apathetic, amnesiac ways, otherwise, as time progresses, the memory of Israeli war crimes there will recede, as it always has, even as the memory of what the Nazis did to Judaics (real and imagined) more than 60 years ago, becomes, by some perverse wizardry, ever more vibrant and compelling.

This is the psychology which the White House and Jerusalem are banking on to extricate themselves over the long term. Yes, I believe the Israelis are losing the battle for hearts and minds in the short-term. But in the long view, this loss is by no means certain, as yet.

Wake up, Arabs and do your duty to the memory of your dead -- the preservation of that memory may help to prevent future Israeli holocausts.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Israeli holocaust by the minute

The web page, "Lebanon Updates," purports to offer a minute-by-minute documentary record of the Israeli holocaust against Lebanon.

Israelis Massacre Children in Qana

This man's mother, wife, and five children were all killed by the Israelis in Qana.
One of the injured, Mohammed Shalhoub, lies on a stretcher on his way to the hospital. His 2-1/2 year old daughter was killed in the bombing.
Child wounded in Israeli terror attack at Qana.
Civilians killed in Israeli terror bombing in Qana.
A rescue worker removes the body of a Lebanese child from the rubble of a building in the aftermath of an Israeli terror bombing in the village of Qana, near the southern Lebanese city of Tyre.

"34 Children Among 57 Dead in Israeli Strike." --Rone Tempest and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, 10:03 AM PDT, July 30, 2006.

Images of children’s bodies tangled in the building’s ruins, being carried away on blankets or wrapped in plastic sheeting were aired on Arab news networks. The televised images of stiffened, dust-covered bodies of children being pulled from the wreckage spread rage. In Qana, Khalil Shalhoub was helping pull out the dead until he saw his brother’s body taken out on a stretcher. “Why are they killing us? What have we done?” he screamed.

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, demanded an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, warning the Muslim world will “not forgive” nations that stand in the way of stopping the Israeli bombing. Headlines of “Carnage’’ and “Barbaric’’ filled the front pages of newspapers across the Arab world July 31, and a member of the parliament of Kuwait, a staunch ally of the United States, called American policy makers “sons of dogs’’ for supplying the bombs for the Israeli attacks, news services said. The European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, issued a statement saying that “nothing can justify” the Qana "airstrike."

Nearly 550 Lebanese civilians have been killed in Israeli attacks, with as many as 200 more missing, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. Nearly 2,000 have been wounded, the ministry said. Israel apologized for the deaths in Qana but blamed Hezbollah guerrillas. The Israeli defense chief, Amir Peretz said, “An Israeli pilot has never been given an order to hurt civilians.”

"The Zionists are the world's most accomplished and brazen liars."
-Michael A. Hoffman II

"Nazi Holocaust" propaganda has dulled the sensibilities of the world to holocausts against Arabs

by Michael A. Hoffman II | Sunday, July 30, 2006

Today we awaken to the dreadful news, according to the Associated Press, that the Israelis bombed several homes in the southern Lebanon village of Qana early Sunday, "killing at least 56 people, most of them children, in the deadliest attack in 19 days...."

Even Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary, said of the Israeli attacks: "These are not surgical strikes, but have instead caused death and misery among innocent civilians."

This is the second Israeli mass murder at Qana. In April, 1996, Israelis murdered 102 Arab civilian refugees at a United Nations camp in Qana. An Amnesty International report described the Israeli attack as deliberate. The July 31, 2006 New York Times describes the 1996 slaughter in accordance with the official Israeli military account, as a case of the Israelis having "mistakenly shelled a United Nations post in Qana..." Link

The Israeli holocaust against Lebanon continues, while the world does nothing. Ever more Arab women and children in Lebanon are murdered with impunity. They are less than human in the eyes of the West.

Nothing like this would ever be permitted if it were Judaic children who were dying. In such a case, the words, "The Holocaust is happening again, the world must not stand by silent!" would reverberate from every pulpit, radio, TV and newspaper front page in America. But since it is the children of Lebanon who are being killed, "sub-human Amalekites" according to the secret teaching of the Orthodox rabbis, the US obstructs a ceasefire, with help from American journalists, editors, clergymen and the US Congress.

This is a shame, and a disgrace. It proves that the perpetual, pious human rights tears shed over the "Nazi Holocaust against the Jews" in schools, churches and national museums and memorials day-in-and-day out, have nothing to do with ensuring that it "never happens again" to "any other people."

Rather, "The Holocaust" is a cynical power-politics hammer used to build special privileges and a sense of sacred awe and racial superiority for Judaics, which in turn renders them forever immune from war crimes prosecutions, or any interdiction of the holocausts which they perpetrate against Palestine and Lebanon.

If "The Holocaust" was a true human rights lobby for all mankind, then Elie Wiesel, Deborah Lipstadt and Steven Spielberg would be using their clout and prestige to demand an immediate end to Israeli mass murder in Lebanon.

Instead, Wiesel is on record supporting Israeli bombing in Lebanon, while the vast majority of the Israeli people, including the "Holocaust Survivors" among them, also endorse it.

"Holocaust" propaganda has dulled the moral sense of the West. The "Holocaust" is little more than an arm of Zionist psychological warfare for the maintenance of Judaic superiority, racial and ethical, throughout the earth, not for saving the lives of other marginalized peoples.

In fact, it seems to have given the Israelis a hubris as supra-human ethicists with a license to kill civilians without moral qualms or the least fear of war crime prosecution.

No doubt the movie Spielberg will make about what is happening in Lebanon, will show Israeli commanders and troops agonizing about their bombings. But in reality there are no such reservations, just exultation and the arrogance of stone-cold killers swaggering in the knowledge that their murder spree is backed by US super-power money and might. (The Israelis are not so brave when they have to confront Hezbollah militiamen on the ground, man-to-man, rather than from 30,000 feet up in the cockpit of a jet-bomber).

The racial and moral superiority engendered for the Israelis by "Nazi Holocaust" propaganda is the reason why the massacre at Qana in 1996 was forgotten, allowing it to happen all over again in 2006.

"Never again"? Ha!

"Never Again" does not apply when it comes to Israeli extermination of the people of Lebanon, according to an exact Zionist timetable that brooks no "ceasefire." The Israelis will cease fire when every Lebanese woman and child they intend to slaughter is properly dead and buried, and not before. And the "Nazi Holocaust"-saturated human rights campaigners will sit on their hands, exactly as they have been trained to do by Spielberg and Wiesel, and a parade of professors and preachers.

Tears, guilt, classroom curricula, movies and museums are reserved for the victims of the Nazis. Cluster bombs, napalm, missiles and cannon shells are reserved for helpless Arab mothers and their children, with applause from Hillary, Elie and four hundred members of the House of Representatives.

This, in part, is why I am a "Holocaust" revisionist. As grating sanctimony, "The Holocaust" exceeds the Pharisees in bloated hypocrisy, and as a prop for Israeli mass murder, it is a bloodthirsty alibi for arrogant Judaic supremacy and merciless mass murder.

Copyright©2006 RevisionistHistory.org

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: ISRAELI AIR FORCE BOMBING IN LEBANON IS "INDISCRIMINATE"

Haaretz | July 31, 2006

An Israeli air raid on the Lebanese village of Qana which killed at least 56 civilians was the result of indiscriminate Israeli bombing which amounts to a war crime, Human Rights Watch said. The New York-based rights group said Sunday's strike on Qana which killed 37 children suggested the Israeli military was treating southern Lebanon as "a free-fire zone."

"The Israeli military seems to consider anyone left in the area a combatant who is fair game for attack," Human Rights Executive Director Kenneth Roth said in a statement. "(The Qana attack) is the latest product of an indiscriminate bombing campaign that the Israel Defense Forces have waged in Lebanon", the statement said. "Indiscriminate bombing in Lebanon (is) a war crime," read the statement's headline.

Israel says it warned civilians to leave southern Lebanon, where it says it has been targeting Hizbollah guerrillas. But the Lebanese government says Israeli bombardment of roads and cars made it impossible for people to escape...Human Rights Watch said responsibility for Qana rested "squarely with the Israeli military".

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Mel Gibson DUI

Document said to be hand-written report of arresting officer concerning Mel Gibson's alleged drunk-driving

ABC television network, has a development deal with Mel Gibson's company to make a miniseries about the Holocaust...the Holocaust project, to be adapted from a little-known 1998 memoir called "Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death," which recounts the experiences of a young Dutch Jew during World War II, is in the early stages. An ABC spokeswoman Sunday would confirm only that the project was in development... Gibson and his spokesman, Alan Nierob, have said little about the project, which is backed by Gibson's Con Artists Productions, the TV division of his Icon Productions. [Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2006]

(CNN) -- Mel Gibson's statement regarding his arrest Friday on suspicion of DUI: After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person.

I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone who I have offended. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry.

I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health.

US Arms Israeli Mass Murderers

Much has been made in the U.S. media of the Syrian and Iranian-origin weaponry used by Hezbollah in the escalating violence in Israel and Lebanon. There has been no parallel discussion of the origin of Israel's weaponry, the vast bulk of which is from the United States.

The United States is the primary source of Israel's far superior arsenal. For more than 30 years, Israel had been the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance and since 1985 Jerusalem has received about $3 billion in military and economic aid each year from Washington. U.S. aid accounts for more than 20% of Israel's total defense budget.

Over the past decade, the United States has transferred more than $17 billion in military aid to this country of just under 7 million people.

Israel is one of the United States' largest arms importers. Between 1996 and 2005 (the last year for which full data is available), Israel took delivery of $10.19 billion in U.S. weaponry and military equipment, including more than $8.58 billion through the Foreign Military Sales program, and another $1.61 billion in Direct Commercial Sales

During the Bush administration, from 2001 to 2005, Israel received $10.5 billion in Foreign Military Financing—the Pentagon's biggest military aid program—and $6.3 billion in U.S. arms deliveries. The aid figure is larger than the arms transfer figure because it includes financing for major arms agreements for which the equipment has yet to be fully delivered. The most prominent of these deals is a $4.5 billion sale of 102 Lockheed Martin F-16s to Israel.

Source: Frida Berrigan and William D. Hartung http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3387

Israelis Approve of Holocaust in Lebanon

Israel army Sergeant Rafael Ezra has little sympathy for Lebanese civilians killed by Israeli attacks. "I think they need to choose better where they live," he said.

NEAR THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER - Rafael Ezra's artillery is pounding unseen targets miles away with blast after deafening blast. But the 21-year-old Israeli soldier isn't too concerned about whether the shells are killing Hezbollah fighters or innocent civilians. "Most of the people killed in Lebanon lived in Hezbollah neighborhoods," Ezra said while getting his hair shaved and listening to Arabic music as shells soared over a nearby hillside. "So I think they need to choose better where they live. People should know better."

Few Israelis, however, are shedding many tears for the civilians dying in Lebanon or wondering whether their country's tactics might make it harder rather than easier to reach a peace that would last longer than a few weeks or months.

The latest conflict with Hezbollah has united Israel...public support for the military action remains above 80 percent...three-quarters of Israelis in one recent poll urged their country to go further.

"I am prepared to hail down hellfire...their innocent bystanders can die instead of ours," Rafi Ginat, the editor of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's largest newspaper, wrote in Friday's edition. "We are in the middle of a war...We have to strike hard - and we can allow ourselves to feel good about it."

Earlier this week, an Israeli airstrike hit a United Nations base, killing four unarmed peacekeepers. Eight Canadian citizens were killed last week as they tried to escape the attacks. Dozens of Lebanese citizens have been killed when Israeli planes hit convoys of civilians heeding Israeli warnings for them to leave their homes.

Israeli officials generally say they're sorry after such attacks. But their statements usually come with a "but"...Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...recently complained that the world was getting a "distorted picture in which the victim is portrayed as the aggressor."

Source: Dion Nissenbaum
McClatchy Newspapers | July 28, 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

U.N., Rights Groups Accuse 'Israel' of Possible War Crimes

The Forward [New York Zionist newspaper] | July 28, 2006

With more than 400 Lebanese civilians killed in recent weeks, the United Nations and leading human rights organizations are stepping up their criticism of Israel, suggesting Jerusalem could face legal consequences for its military actions. Even before four U.N. observers were killed in an Israeli strike Tuesday, senior officials from the world body were warning Israel ...may have violated international law and committed war crimes.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, told the Forward that it was "quite possible" that Israeli soldiers or commanders could face war crimes charges for attacking civilian objects, firing indiscriminately in civilian areas or taking inadequate precautions to avoid civilian causalities.

The warnings drew harsh rebukes from Israel and its supporters. Israel insists that its military actions constitute a "proportionate" response to the threat posed by Hezbollah and that the civilian casualties are largely due to the fact that the Shiite militia is deliberately hiding its operatives and weaponry in civilian areas. As part of its effort to fend off the mounting criticism, Israel sent Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to Europe this week.

Jan Egeland, the top U.N. humanitarian affairs official, did condemn Hezbollah fighters this week for situating themselves among women and children. But that comment was seen by some observers as an attempt to balance Egeland's assertion a day earlier that Israel had conducted "disproportionate" strikes against civilians.

On Sunday, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told CNN that Israel's actions in Lebanon could lead to the prosecution of its military commanders. ..Arbour said last week saying that senior civilian and military officials could be brought to justice. "The scale of the killings in the region, and their predictability, could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control," she said.

Her comments prompted a vivid rebuke from Israel's ambassador to Canada, Alan Baker, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who penned an opinion article titled "Arbour Must Go" in the National Post.

The already simmering tensions between Israel and the U.N. exploded Tuesday, after Israel dropped a bomb on a U.N. outpost in south Lebanon, killing four observers. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan quickly accused Jerusalem of intentionally targeting the outpost — an allegation that Israeli officials angrily denied, insisting the incident was not deliberate.

...Human Rights Watch also alleged that Israel may be guilty of war crimes. Roth pointed to the destruction of about 60% of a nine square blocks area of southern Beirut composed mostly of apartment buildings and the extensive damage to its infrastructure.

He also cited Israeli attacks on the village of Srifa, in which 10 houses were destroyed and at least 42 civilians killed, and on a vehicle of villagers fleeing Marwaheen, in which 16 civilians were killed, which took place despite the alleged absence of legitimate military target in sight.

The venue for such prosecutions could be national courts under universal jurisdiction statutes or the recently created International Criminal Court, which has worldwide jurisdiction for war crimes. Lebanon has yet to ratify the treaty and Israel is not a signatory, which means the court could only become involved if the U.N. Security Council refers the matter — an unlikely prospect — or if Lebanon invites the court in to investigate.

...Human Rights Watch lobbed more accusations at Israel in a statement claiming that Israeli forces were using artillery-fired cluster munitions in populated areas of Lebanon, a possible violation of the prohibition under international law against indiscriminate attacks. The Israeli military counters that the use of such weaponry is legal under international law.

Human Rights Watch said its investigators confirmed that a cluster munitions attack on the village of Blida on July 19 had killed one and wounded at least 12 civilians, including seven children, and that they had photographed such munitions in the arsenal of Israeli military artillery teams stationed on the Israeli-Lebanese border during a visit four days later. Roth said that such munitions were inaccurate and their high failure rate caused further danger to civilians. He told the Forward that the organization was reviewing additional pictures showing different types of cluster munitions being deployed by Israeli artillery teams.

Israel and Human Rights Watch have been at loggerheads over their contradictory account of an incident last month in Gaza, during which a Palestinian family was killed. While the Israeli military has maintained that its artillery shelling did not cause the deaths and refused an independent investigation, Human Rights Watch has claimed that the facts are murkier and that an impartial probe is needed.

...In addition, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and doctors in hospitals in southern Lebanon said this week that they suspected some of the wounds sustained by civilians were caused by phosphorous bombs. The Geneva Conventions ban the use of white phosphorous as an incendiary weapon against civilian populations and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas.

Israel says that it is investigating the incidents and a military spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters as saying that the weapons used by the army in Lebanon did not contravene international norms. Amnesty International, for its part, has denounced "blatant" violations of international law and called on the U.N. to deploy an immediate fact-finding mission to investigate attacks against civilians and other breaches of international law.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Children of a Lesser God

"PERMISSION FROM THE WORLD TO CONTINUE THIS WAR"*

At the meeting in Rome, while the other nations pressed for an immediate cease-fire, the United States argued for a “sustainable cease-fire”...

The lack of action prompted Prime Minister Fouad Siniora of Lebanon to lash out with a cry of despair. “Is the value of human life less in Lebanon than that of citizens elsewhere?” Mr. Siniora asked. “Are we children of a lesser God? Is an Israeli teardrop worth more than a drop of Lebanese blood?”

Accusing Israel of “barbaric destruction,” he vowed to seek justice, announcing that Lebanon will begin legal proceedings for war reparations. European and Arab governments, as well as Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, and Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, lined up behind him and pushed hard for an immediate cessation of hostilities or even a truce on humanitarian grounds, several participants said.

But in a tense, sometimes stormy debate that went on for nearly an hour, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dug in, and prevailed. Later, she defended the United States’ refusal to call for an immediate cease-fire, saying: “It doesn’t do anyone any good to raise false hopes about something that’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen."

NY Times | July 26, 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/world/middleeast/26cnd-lebanon.html

*...Israeli officials said they regarded the failure of an international conference to reach agreement on a cease-fire plan as clearing the way for further assaults.... “We received yesterday at the Rome conference permission from the world,’’ Justice Minister Haim Ramon told Israeli radio, “to continue this operation, this war..."


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Israelis Admit Using Banned Cluster Bombs on Lebanese

Human Rights Watch charged earlier this week that Israel had used cluster munitions on the Lebanese village of Blida on July 19, killing one woman and wounding at least 12 other civilians, including seven children...The munitions disperse bomblets over a wide area and have been banned by some countries because of the high number of civilian casualties that they cause....

But Israel says the weapons it uses are allowed under international law...[an Israeli] general acknowledged that Israel had used cluster munitions in the conflict...“We try to minimize their use,” Major General Benny Gantz, who is in charge of the Israeli military’s ground forces, said. “We only use them in designated areas..."

NY Times July 26 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/world/middleeast/26cnd-lebanon.html

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"We have heard from the Israelis that it was an accident"

UN Facility at Khiyam bombed by Israelis
The aftermath of the Israeli terror bombing at Khiyam, in which four U.N. observers were killed.
The last thing the Israelis want are witnesses.
Airstrike Hits U.N. Post in Lebanon
Washington Post | July 25, 2006; 6:50 PM

JERUSALEM, July 25 -- An Israeli air and artillery attack hit a United Nations observation post near the Israel-Lebanon border Tuesday, killing four members of a U.N. peacekeeping force, U.N. officials announced. The bomb struck a post in Khiyam, near the eastern end of the border with Israel, manned by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, U.N. spokesperson Marie Okabe said.

UNIFIL spokesman Milos Struger said in Lebanon Tuesday that Israeli forces continued firing close to the U.N. post even during a rescue operation. Since the conflict began, he said, a civilian employee of UNIFIL and his wife have also been killed, and five UNIFIL soldiers and one military observer have been wounded.

A senior State Department official said Israel had informed the Bush administration that the attack on the U.N. post was an accident. "It was a terrible tragedy," said the senior official, traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "We have heard from the Israelis that it was an accident."

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UN: OBSERVERS MADE MANY CALLS BEFORE STRIKE

CNN | July 26, 2006 1223 GMT

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The U.N. observers killed when an Israeli bomb hit their bunker in Lebanon Tuesday called an Israeli military liaison about 10 times in the six hours before they died to warn that aerial attacks were getting close to their position, a U.N. officer said. After each call, the Israeli officer promised to have the bombing stopped, an officer at the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) base in Noqoura said. Finally, an Israeli bomb exploded directly on the U.N. post near Khiyam, killing four U.N. observers from Austria, Finland, Canada and China, the U.N. officer said.

As of Wednesday morning (July 26), three of the four bodies had been recovered from the rubble, an officer at the UNIFIL base in Noqoura said. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said the incident would be "thoroughly investigated" and that the Israeli military had taken measures since the start of its bombardment of southern Lebanon to protect the U.N. observers there. "Israel would never deliberately target U.N. personnel," Mark Regev said. According to Regev, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called U.N.Secretary-General Kofi Annan and "expressed his regret at this tragedy in Lebanon."

Annan issued a sharply worded statement Tuesday evening which said he was "shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting ... of a U.N. observer post in southern Lebanon." He called on Israel to conduct "a full investigation into this very disturbing incident."

"This coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked U.N. post at Khiyam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that U.N. positions would be spared Israeli fire," Annan said.

"Furthermore, General Alain Pelligrini, the U.N. force commander in south Lebanon, had been in repeated contact with Israeli officers throughout the day on Tuesday, stressing the need to protect that particular U.N. position from attack."

The timeline provided CNN by a U.N. officer in Lebanon showed the first bomb exploded about 200 yards from the U.N. outpost at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, prompting the first call by the UNIFIL observers to their designated contact with the Israeli military. The officer said they were assured by the Israeli liaison that he would stop the attacks. A series of about nine more bombs hit within 100 to 400 yards from the observers over the next several hours, with a call to the Israeli military following each explosion. The U.N. base at Noqoura lost contact with the outpost at 7:40 p.m., apparently the time of the direct hit, the officer said.

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ISRAEL TROOPS 'IGNORED' UN PLEA

BBC News | July 26, 2006 12:56:36 GMT

UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon contacted Israeli troops 10 times before an Israeli bomb killed four of them, an initial UN report says. The post was hit by a precision-guided missile after six hours of shelling nearby, diplomats familiar with the initial probe into the deaths say....The four unarmed UN observers from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, died after their UN post was hit by an Israeli air strike on Tuesday. The UN report says each time the UN contacted Israeli forces, they were assured the firing would stop.

Israel is conducting an investigation into the deaths, and has rejected accusations made by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that the targeting of the UN position was "apparently deliberate".

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IRISH OFFICER WARNED ISRAEL ON THREAT TO UN STAFF

DUBLIN, July 26 (Reuters) - An Irish army officer in south Lebanon warned the Israeli military six times that their attacks in the area were putting the lives of U.N. observers at risk, Ireland's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Four U.N. observers were killed in an Israeli air strike in southern Lebanon on Tuesday.

"On six separate occasions he was in contact with the Israelis to warn them that their bombardment was endangering the lives of U.N. staff in South Lebanon," a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said.

"He warned: 'You have to address this problem or lives may be lost'," the spokesman said of comments by a senior Irish soldier working as a liaison officer between U.N. forces in South Lebanon and the Israelis.

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"THE SHELLING OF THE UN POSITIONS BEGAN EARLY IN THE MORNING AND CARRIED ON ALL DAY"

“Mr. Olmert definitely believes it was a mistake,” said Mr. Annan, referring to Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert. But despite at least 10 calls from United Nations personnel to Israel that their positions were being shelled, Mr. Annan added, “The shelling of the U.N. positions began early in the morning and carried on all day.”

NY Times July 26 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/world/middleeast/26cnd-lebanon.html

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Other Israeli "Accidents"

ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY IN 1967

A clearly marked US intelligence vessel was attacked for hours by Israeli war planes and war ships. The surviving American sailors were sworn to secrecy concerning the "accidental" Israeli attack.

MASSACRE IN UN REFUGEE CAMP IN 1996

During an Israeli offensive against Lebanon in 1996, Israeli artillery blasted a U.N. refugee camp at Qana in southern Lebanon, killing more than 100 civilians who had sought sanctuary with UN peacekeepers. It was a deliberate Israeli massacre of Arab women and children which went--as usual--unpunished, having no impact whatsoever on the unstinting flow of US taxpayer cash to the Israeli killers, and of course no prosecution for a war crime. The Israelis claimed the massacre was an "accident."--M. Hoffman II

BOMBINGS OF PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS 2000-2006

There have been dozens of mass killings of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces. Almost of all of these are explained away as "accidents...mistaken identity, stray cannon fire, stray missiles."

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"The Zionists are the world's most accomplished and brazen liars."
--Michael A. Hoffman II

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

“Semite supremacist”

by Jonathan Cook

This week I had the pleasure to appear on American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz, a “Semite supremacist” who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus Watch, leading McCarthyite witch-hunts against American professors who have the impertinence to suggest that maybe, just maybe, Arabs have minds and feelings like the rest of us.

It was a revealing experience, at least for a British journalist rarely exposed to the depths of ignorance and prejudice in the United States on Middle East matters... But five minutes of listening to Horowitz speak, and the sympathy with which his arguments were greeted by Laura (“The Professors -- your book’s a great read, David”), left me a lot more frightened about the world’s future.

Horowitz’s response to every question, every development in the Middle East, whether it concerns Lebanon, the Palestinians, Syria or Iran, is the same: “They want to drive the Jews into the sea”. It’s as simple as that. Not even a superficial attempt at analysis; just the message that the Arab world is trying to finish off the genocide started by Europe. And if Laura is any yardstick, a lot of Americans buy that stuff.

Horowitz is keen to bang the square peg of the Lebanon story into the round hole of his claims that the “Jews” are facing an imminent genocide in the Middle East. And to help him, he and the massed ranks of US apologists for Israel -- regulars, I suspect, of shows like Laura’s -- are promoting at least four myths regarding Hizbullah’s current rockets strikes on Israel.
Click here for the rest of Cook's article

Talmudic Judaism Backs Zionist Stormtroopers


“Mitzvah tanks,” the brightly painted minivans operated by adherents to the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Hasidic Judaism, arrived at the junction in the afternoon, broadcasting a sort of Hasidic disco. Their passengers, young men in Hasidic dress with wildly flowing sidelocks, spilled out of the vans dancing and singing, some leaping onto the tanks.

“We’re here to entertain the troops,” a man with a footlong beard shouted from atop one of the vans. Another group handed out white knit skullcaps bearing the words “Nachman of Uman” in blue Hebrew letters, a reference to Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder of another Hasidic branch. “They protect the soldiers’ lives,” one of the Nachman followers said of the caps...

Source: NY Times, July 25, 2006 THE FRONT LINE A New Generation of Israeli Soldiers Confronts the Unknown Across the Lebanon Border

How the "Holocaust" Cult Inhibits Honest Reporting of Israeli War Crimes

by Michael A. Hoffman II

Case in point: Orwellian New York Times Spin for Israel
"Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided to allow the flights after meeting with Condoleezza Rice. But he said there would be no quick end to the FIGHTING."

(Front page, NY Times online, July 25 10:46 am ET; emphasis supplied)

Actually, the overwhelming aspect of the military experience in Lebanon right now is Israeli BOMBING. But the New York Times, ever mindful of the need to prevent future historians from drawing parallels between the tactics of the Israelis against the Arabs and the tactics of the Nazis, uses the word "fighting" instead of bombing to characterize what the Israelis are doing to Lebanon.

"Fighting" connotes a battle between military forces with soldiers as the main casualties; bombing suggests the dominion of a mighty power over a weaker nation with consequent loss of civilian life. The latter is the chief aspect of the Lebanese experience at present, not gun battles between Hezbollah and the Israeli army.

It is the Israelis who have chosen to indiscriminately bomb Beirut and much of southern Lebanon and therefore it is the Israelis who should be made to pay the price for these war crimes by having their actions termed exactly what they are: bombing. To report that 'Olmert decided there would be no quick end to the bombing,' reveals the horrible reality of the Israeli attack on Lebanon and the brutal indifference to human life of the Israeli leadership.

To report, as the NY Times does that "Olmert decided... there would be no quick end to the fighting" covers up the reality. With help from their Zionist cousins in New York, the Israelis can escape the consequences of their crimes by having them described in bland, generic terms as "fighting."

This is particularly perverse in that, more than sixty years after the end of World War Two, the New York Times continues to report "The Holocaust" on a weekly basis, with the most minute examination of every gruesome detail. Any moderation of that reporting would be regarded by the Times as a "desecration of the memory of the dead." But the NY Times has no qualms about whitewashing an Israeli holocaust in Lebanon which does more than desecrate memories: it leads to more Arab civilian victims in the present.

But since the sub-rosa message of the WWII "Holocaust" is that Judaic suffering is unique, and superior to the experience of the suffering of all other nations, it is unlikely that the zealous "Holocaust" cultists at the New York Times will concede any similar status to the Arabs of Lebanon. The party line is that the slaughtered Lebanese women and children are mainly victims of bad luck, caught in a "crossfire" between opposing armies. There is nothing particularly unique in that; wars are the way of the world. The Lebanese can be pitied by the New York liberals, but only as non-combatants in all wars are pitied.

The special circumstances of mass murder of civilians through deliberate targeting cannot apply to "Israel" because it is a Holy State peopled by "Survivors" and other Holy People. To report the truth that "Israel" is perpetrating mass murder in Lebanon through the bombing of the civilian population would be a "desecration of 'The Holocaust," and a sacred religious dogma like that--the only religious dogma still reverenced in the otherwise agnostic West--is a taboo that cannot be violated.

Copyright © 2006 RevisionistHistory.org

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Red Cross ambulances destroyed in Israeli air strike on rescue mission

Volunteer paramedics demand UN guarantees
Flags and lights prove no protection for aid teams

Suzanne Goldenberg in Tyre
The Guardian | July 25, 2006

The ambulance headlamps were on, the blue light overhead was flashing, and another light illuminated the Red Cross flag when the first Israeli missile hit, shearing off the right leg of the man on the stretcher inside. As he lay screaming beneath fire and smoke, patients and ambulance workers scrambled for safety, crawling over glass in the dark. Then another missile hit the second ambulance.

Even in a war which has turned the roads of south Lebanon into killing zones, Israel's rocket strike on two clearly marked Red Cross ambulances on Sunday night set a deadly new milestone.

Six ambulance workers were wounded and three generations of the Fawaz family, being transported to hospital from Tibnin with what were originally minor injuries, were left fighting for their lives. Two ambulances were entirely destroyed, their roofs pierced by missiles.

The Lebanese Red Cross, whose ambulance service for south Lebanon is run entirely by volunteers, immediately announced it would cease all rescue missions unless Israel guaranteed their safety through the United Nations or the International Red Cross.

For the villages below the Litani river, the ambulances were their last link to the outside world. Yesterday, that too was gone, leaving the 100,000 people of Tyre district with no way of reaching hospital other than to take to the roads themselves, under the roar of Israeli war planes.

The fateful call to the Red Cross operations room came through at about 10pm - well after dark, a time when almost no Lebanese now dare venture out.

At the Red Cross office in Tyre, three volunteer medics dressed in their orange overalls, and got into their ambulance. The plan was to drive halfway, meet the local ambulance, and transfer the three patients to their vehicle to return to Tyre.

By Nader Joudi's reckoning, the ambulances had been stopped for barely two minutes. Two patients had been loaded: Ahmed Mustafa Fawaz, who had been hit by shrapnel in the stomach, and his son, Mohammed, 14. The volunteer attendant was just easing Jamila Fawaz, 80, inside and setting up a drip when the missile struck. He managed to get the old woman and the child outside, but there was no way to reach Mr Fawaz. "It was horrible," Mr Joudi said. "He was screaming, and we couldn't do anything."

One of the members of the three-man crew from Tibnin radioed for help when another missile plunged through the roof. Ambulance crew and patients retreated to the cellar of a nearby building, then waited to be rescued, trying as best as they could to help the injured. "Each of us treated ourselves. There was no light," said Kassem Shaalan, a medic from Tyre.

By the time patients and ambulance crew reached Tyre, Mr Fawaz was unconscious after losing one leg, and suffering severe fractures to the other. His son had lost part of a foot, and his mother's body was riddled with shrapnel. Mr Joudi had shrapnel wounds in his left arm, and Mr Shaalan cuts to the face and leg.

He was adamant that the ambulances, with their Red Cross insignia on the roof, were clearly visible from the air. "I don't think there can be a mistake in two bombings of two ambulances," he said.

Although the air strike marked the first time ambulances have been hit by Israel in this war, for Mr Shaalan and the other Red Cross volunteers it was only a matter of time. After two weeks of strikes designed to choke off possible supply lines to Hizbullah guerrillas, travel to many villages was just too dangerous. Coastal villages even within a few kilometers of Tyre are cut off. In some, corpses remain trapped in the rubble for days.

But nothing is more perilous than travelling by night, and no more so than just before midnight that Sunday when another Red Cross crew set off from Tyre to pick up their injured colleagues.

"I was trembling," said Ali Deeb, one of the volunteers on the mission. "It was too dangerous, and helicopters buzzing, and all through this, I am thinking one thing: the ambulance that left half an hour before you has already been injured, and you could be next." Later yesterday afternoon, two missiles landed in the building across the road from the Red Cross office.
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Kidnapped in Israel or Captured in Lebanon?

Official justification for Israel's invasion on thin ice

by Joshua Frank | July 25, 2006

As Lebanon continues to be pounded by Israeli bombs and munitions, the justification for Israel's invasion is treading on very thin ice. It has become general knowledge that it was Hezbollah guerillas that first kidnapped two IDF soldiers inside Israel on July 12, prompting an immediate and violent response from the Israeli government, which insists it is acting in the interest of national defense. Israeli forces have gone on to kill over 370 innocent Lebanese civilians (compared to 34 killed on Israel's side) while displacing hundreds of thousands more. But numerous reports from international and independent media, as well as the Associated Press, raise questions about Israel's official version of the events that sparked the conflict two weeks ago.

The original story, as most media tell it, goes something like this: Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol station, killing six and taking two soldiers hostage. The incident happened on the Lebanese/Israel border in Israeli territory. The alternate version, as explained by several news outlets, tells a bit of a different tale: These sources contend that Israel sent a commando force into southern Lebanon and was subsequently attacked by Hezbollah near the village of Aitaa al-Chaab, well inside Lebanon's southern territory. It was at this point that an Israel tank was struck by Hezbollah fighters, which resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers and the death of six.

As the AFP reported, "According to the Lebanese police force, the two Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanese territory, in the area of Aitaa al-Chaab, near to the border with Israel, where an Israeli unit had penetrated in middle of morning." And the French news site www.VoltaireNet.org reiterated the same account on June 18, "In a deliberated way, [Israel] sent a commando in the Lebanese back-country to Aitaa al-Chaab. It was attacked by Hezbollah, taking two prisoners."

The Associated Press departed from the official version as well. "The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them," reported Joseph Panossian for AP on July 12. "The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli government officials said on condition of anonymity."

And the Hindustan Times on July 12 conveyed a similar account:

"The Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah movement announced on Wednesday that its guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. 'Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon,' a statement by Hezbollah said. 'The two soldiers have already been moved to a safe place,' it added. The Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were captured as they 'infiltrated' into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border."

Whether factual or not, these alternative accounts should at the very least raise serious questions as to Israel's motives and rationale for bombarding Lebanon.

MSNBC online first reported that Hezbollah had captured Israeli soldiers "inside" Lebanon, only to change their story hours later after the Israeli government gave an official statement to the contrary.

A report from The National Council of Arab Americans, based in Lebanon, also raised suspicion that Israel's official story did not hold water and noted that Israel had yet to recover the tank that was demolished during the initial attack in question.

"The Israelis so far have not been able to enter Aitaa al-Chaab to recover the tank that was exploded by Hezbollah and the bodies of the soldiers that were killed in the original operation (this is a main indication that the operation did take place on Lebanese soil, not that in my opinion it would ever be an illegitimate operation, but still the media has been saying that it was inside 'Israel' thus an aggression first started by Hezbollah)."

Before independent observers could organize an investigation of the incident, Israel had already mounted a grisly offensive against Lebanese infrastructure and civilians, bombing Beirut's international airport, along with numerous highways and communication portals. Israel didn't need the truth of the matter to play out before it invaded Lebanon. As with the United States' illegitimate invasion of Iraq, Israel just needed the proper media cover to wage a war with no genuine moral impetus.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Legal Ruling of the Sanhedrin of Judaism on Killing Civilians

Permissiblity of responding to an attack that originates from within or near civilian population centers during wartime.

Israeli Youths Write Hate Messages on Bombs Meant for Lebanon


A series of photos show Israeli youths writing comical and bloodthirsty messages on bombs meant for targets in Lebanon. Questions over the photos' authenticity have been put to rest by Israeli authorities that were present during the incident, which occurred on July 17 near the northern border. The mostly local Israeli children had been brought to admire the bombs by their parents. They wrote messages in colorful scribbles. An Israeli army officer was present.

Online, the photos are being called "horrifying," "disgusting" and "despicable."

"I still cannot understand why or how anyone would allow their young children to walk up to missiles or other explosives. The militarization of children is always a crime," said one user by the name of "aviv2b" on the Guardian Web site, which ran a lengthy discussion about the photos.

The photos were first taken by professional photographers from AFP, Associated Press, and Haaretz.

Israeli Terrorists Turning Lebanon into a Slaughter-House

Ali Shaito pleaded with his mother Muntaha to stay conscious as she lay near death from shrapnel wounds in Lebanon after their family's van was struck by an Israeli missile.
Two brothers from the Shaito family, Abbas and Ali, waited Sunday at a hospital in Tyre, Lebanon. Three of their relatives died while fleeing north when their van was struck by an Israeli missile.
Thousands show support for Israeli military operations in Lebanon in a July 23 rally in Los Angeles. Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa both spoke at the event and lent their enthusiastic support.

Fleeing Family Ends Up in Path of Israeli Missile
NY Times | July 24, 2006

SIDIQEEN, Lebanon, July 23 — Muntaha Shaito’s eyes rolled back as the paramedics screamed at her to stay awake and implored her son Ali to keep her engaged, as she teetered near death from shrapnel wounds inflicted by an Israeli rocket. “Pray to God!,” one paramedic shouted at her as she writhed in Ali’s arms.

“Look at me Momma, look at me!,” Ali shouted, tears streaking his bloodied face. “Don’t die, please don’t die!”

It was the scene that members of the extended Shaito family said they had feared most, the real reason they had held out for days in their village of Tireh in southern Lebanon, terrified of the Israeli bombardment, but more terrified of what might happen if they risked leaving. On Sunday they gave up their stand, and all 18 members crammed into the family’s white Mazda minivan. They planned to head north toward the relative safety of Beirut.

Within minutes they became casualties of Israel’s 12-day-old bombardment of southern Lebanon, which the Israelis say they will continue indefinitely.... By the Lebanese official count, Israel’s attacks have killed more than 380 Lebanese.

An Israeli rocket, which Lebanese witnesses said was apparently fired from a helicopter, slammed straight into the center of the Shaitos’ van as it sped round a bend a few miles west of their village, and the van crashed into a pole. Three occupants were killed: an uncle, Mohammad; the grandmother, Nazira; and a Syrian man who had guarded their home. The missile also critically wounded Mrs. Shaito and her sister. Eleven others suffered less severe wounds.

“They said leave, and that’s what we did,” said Musbah Shaito, another family uncle, as his niece, Heba, 16, cried hysterically behind him for her dead father, whose head was nearly blown off. This reporter watched as paramedics struggled to remove the dead from the van, but soon gave up, as an Israeli drone hovered overhead.

“This is what we got for listening to them,” Mr. Shaito said, speaking of the Israelis.

Other family members and Red Cross paramedics at the scene said the Shaitos were farmers from a region known for its tobacco and olive crops....

Bombing victims, witnesses and officials interviewed in the area Sunday said Israeli warplanes hit people escaping by vehicle from their villages at least six times in a day of fierce bombardments. Lebanese Red Cross ambulance drivers complained about narrowly avoiding Israeli fire themselves as they cleared out the wounded, and a Lebanese freelance photographer, Layal Najib, 23, was killed when an Israeli missile struck near her car, near the scene of the Shaito family bombing.

...A drive through the southern villages Sunday morning was like a tour through a string of ghost towns, with most residents having cleared out or holed up in their homes, as Israeli aircraft continued their bombardment. Roads were bombed, making passage difficult or impossible, and fields were scorched as the hulks of bombed cars littered the roads. All but a few stores were shut, with glass and rubble littering the streets.

There were only about 52 people left in Tireh when more than half of them left for Beirut on Saturday, leaving the Shaitos largely to fend for themselves. Without much food or water, the family gave up their stand early Sunday.

They included Muntaha Shaito and her boys, Ali, 13, and Abbas, 12; her brother in-law Mohammad and his two daughters, Heba, 14, and Kawther, 17; and several other relatives.

They packed into their van, with all their money and valuables, and raced toward Tyre, the big southern seaport about 15 miles west.

It proved a day of carnage for the Zabad and Suroor family, too, said family members and medical staff members who treated them.

The Zabad family and their relatives, the Suroors...Just minutes before Red Cross ambulances carted away the Shaito family, the Suroor family barreled down the road headed toward Tyre, with the Zabad family right behind.

When the Zabads spotted a wounded man on the road, they stopped and picked him up in their Nissan sport utility vehicle. They stopped again to pick up two men who had been attacked on a motorcycle and got even farther behind the Suroors.

Suddenly a missile hit the Suroors’ Mercedes sedan, killing Mohammad Suroor, the father, and Darwhish Mdaihli, a relative, and severely burning Mohammad’s son, Mahmoud, 8, and wounding his two brothers and sister.

As soon as the Zabads saw the car hit, they sped past, hoping to get to the Najm Hospital, less than a mile away. But a minute later a missile struck near them, setting the car on fire, and throwing much of the family out of the car.

The scene was chaotic at Najm hospital, on the outskirts of Tyre, which has been flooded with wounded from the bombing campaign. Doctors rushed to X-ray several of the victims, checking for shrapnel, as others where treated for their burns and injuries. For a short while, the hospital nurses rubbed cream on an 8-month-old baby for burns until they found her mother, Mrs. Suroor.

Despite the severe burns on his face, Mahmoud Suroor turned to his mother while in the emergency room and asked where his father was. She did not respond. Then he turned again to his mother. “Don’t cry Momma, we’ll all be O.K.,” he said.
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Asked about the attacks on civilian vehicles, an Israeli Army spokesman said the military had hit “approximately 20 vehicles suspected of serving the terror organization in the launching of missiles at Israel, and were recognized fleeing from or staying at missile-launching areas.”

Brig. Gen. Shuki Shachar, the chief of staff of the Northern Command of the Israeli Army, said...the Lebanese civilian death toll was light, considering that Israeli fighter aircraft and attack helicopters had made 1,500 sorties over Lebanon and that Israel had fired more than 20,000 artillery rounds into the country in the last 12 days.

Source: Helene Cooper and Craig S. Smith
New York Times
July 24, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

UN Resolutions 242 & 338; also: Israeli license to kill

Israel and the United States keep demanding the enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 from the year 2004, which mandated the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, now completed, and the disarming of Hezbollah.

But, the two regimes simply ignore the fact that UN Resolutions 242 from 1967, and 338 from 1973, both mandating Israelis return occupied land, including the West Bank and Gaza, Arab East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, have never been carried out.

While the United States accuses Syria and Iran of arming Lebanon, American bombs are being rushed to Israel to step up the death and destruction in Lebanon. It is unbelievable that the U.S. is saying to the Israelis, you have one more week to wipe out Lebanese. Imagine if some government in the region said to another, you have one more week to kill Jews? The impact on the Arab and Muslim nations of this horrible Israeli license to kill, is incalculable.

The Hoax of Israeli-Hezbollah Parity

"Israel," the fifth largest military power on earth, has been pounding Lebanon into the stone age (shades of Curtis LeMay over Tokyo and his "strategy" for Vietnam), and here is the NY Times mythology as of July 23, 2006 4:42 p.m. ET:

"The death toll on BOTH SIDES continued to rise today as Israeli warplanes struck a minibus carrying people fleeing South Lebanon, and at least 13 Hezbollah rockets fell on Haifa." (emphasis supplied).

What a stinking Zionist farce. Lebanese casualties are running at the Nazi/French resistance ratio of 10-to-1, but the NY Times describes it as if equally matched forces were battling it out.

The Talmud teaches Judaics to prevaricate and deceive. Most Judaics have not formally studied the Talmud, but the Talmudic ideology is distilled through Zionism and this is reflected in the "news reporting" about Lebanon of the Zionist New York Times.

--Michael Hoffman, author of
Judaism's Strange Gods

and co-author of
The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians

Israeli War Crimes in Lebanon Continue with US Acquiescence, 7/23/06

Washington Post
Sunday, July 23, 2006; 10:04 AM

Israeli warplanes hit a minibus on its way to Tyre, killing three and wounding 13, Lebanese security forces said. It was carrying 16 Lebanese fleeing border village of Tairi. Israel also struck the Lebanese port city of Sidon, destroying a religious complex, AP reported. Four people were reported injured, the wire service said. Sidon has been a point of refuge for many fleeing the violence along the border.

A textile factory in the border town of al-Manara also was bombed by Israel, killing one person and wounding two, Mayor Ali Rahal told the AP.

The wire service and CNN reported that a photographer working for a Lebanese magazine was killed Sunday when an Israeli missile exploded near her taxi in southern Lebanon.

Security officials said Layal Nejib, 23, a photographer for Al-Jarasshe, was the first journalist to die in Israel's offensive, the AP reported. She died after the strike on a road near the border town of Qana, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press, the AP reported. Her driver survived, the officials said.

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Scared to flee ... even more scared to stay

A growing flood of humanity is desperately fleeing the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon
Peter Beaumont | July 23, 2006 The Observer (UK)

A massive refugee flight from southern Lebanon was under way yesterday (July 22) as tens of thousands of mainly Shia civilians took to the roads after almost a fortnight of relentless Israeli attacks. From dawn yesterday, hundreds, then thousands, of cars and rusty trucks choked the narrow mountain roads leading towards Beirut from the bombed and impassable coastal road. Whole extended families were on board. Many had been forced to abandon all they owned. They came in taxis, buses and private cars, trailing improvised white flags from their windows or with bed sheets slung across their roofs - scant protection from the Israeli jets.

The beleaguered country is facing a humanitarian catastrophe on an enormous scale with more than half a million civilians already displaced and hundreds of thousands more under 'orders' from the Israeli military to evacuate a 20-mile deep zone south of the Litani river. Amid warnings from the World Food Program that hundreds of thousands of people are already finding it difficult to find food, mayors in areas away from the heaviest bombardment have told The Observer they are being overwhelmed by refugees flooding from the country's south and Beirut's southern suburbs, and are just days from a humanitarian crisis.

With roads and bridges bombed by the Israelis and large areas of the country under artillery bombardment, aid workers have only been able to contact the most seriously affected areas by phone. They have warned that tens of thousands of elderly, women and children are in danger in the worst-hit areas.

The problems have been exacerbated by the huge reliance of Lebanon on imported food - almost 90 per cent...The UN warned yesterday the situation in Lebanon was 'deteriorating by the hour'. Its humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, is due to arrive in Beirut to assess the crisis on the ground, as Lebanese civilians flee north amid fears of a large-scale Israeli ground invasion.

Egeland said half a million people needed assistance - and the number was likely to grow as Israeli troops continued to expand their military operations inside Lebanon.

There was little comfort for those fleeing through the mountains yesterday. Most cars were packed with families, children on adults' knees, some crushed eight to a vehicle. Others who travelled by taxi northwards reported paying $100 per passenger to escape to Beirut - or $1,000 for a family.

Those forced to leave on the open backs of trucks suffered most, exhausted, sunburnt and dehydrated as they crawled through the traffic jams that had gridlocked the Druze mountain villages.

Refugees described gruelling journeys from the besieged city of Tyre and the towns and villages south of the Litani river, where some 300,000 people were ordered to evacuate by leaflets dropped late last week from Israeli aircraft.

Most had little idea where they were fleeing to, only that they could no longer remain in their homes under Israeli attack. Most said they were heading for Beirut or the Syrian border.

Few wanted to stop and talk, fearful of being exposed on the roads to Israeli bombs. But those who did spoke of towns suffering days of bombing, of deaths and damaged houses and bodies buried in the rubble. They described, too, how only those wealthy enough or with cars could escape areas running rapidly out of fuel and food.

Among those who had fled Terdeeba, four miles from Tyre, was Maryam Leban, who, with her parents had taken refuge in a school in the Shouf mountain town of Daraya. 'Everyone is making their own decision on when to leave. Some families are left but not many,' she said. 'We had to get out because they were hitting the whole area. Forty-five houses in the village were damaged. We do not know how many were killed because we could not leave the house.'

Suddenly a white van draped with bed sheets pulled up, just arrived from Terdeeba. As those already in the school hugged the men inside, the eldest - who would not give his name - said: 'It was difficult. Very difficult. There were cars on the road that had run out of gas. But no one could stop to help. People also tried to tell us to turn back. They said it was too dangerous. But we could not stay, so we came. There is almost no one in the village now.'

The majority of refugees encountered by The Observer were escaping from Tyre and its surrounding villages, which have suffered days of Israeli bombardment so heavy that, during a brief lull on Friday, the city was forced to bury more than 80 of its dead in a hastily dug mass grave.

Down from the mountains - on the coastal plain - the cities that border the Mediterranean appeared largely deserted as a vast plume of black smoke billowed from the ruptured fuel tanks of the Jieh power plant, hit by missiles from an Israeli Apache helicopter last week.

The huge movement of civilians will only exacerbate the crisis in Lebanon, which has already seen the flight of most of Beirut's southern suburban population who have suffered days of bombing. Refugees have fled to places such as the Shia village of Keyfoun in the Shouf mountains above Beirut, usually home to a few thousand people. In winter its population is 2,000. In summer, when the wealthy Shia from Beirut come up on holiday to their summer homes, it rises to 5,000.

Last week the number of those living in this mountain village hit 40,000 as refugees arrived. In Keyfoun - as elsewhere across the country - people sleep crowded in school classrooms, in half-built housing blocks, public buildings and in the village's solitary hotel. Mostly, though, they stay in other people's houses - three and even four families to a home.

The refugees in Keyfoun are by and large the lucky ones - at least there is food to be had if you have the money - but it is full to bursting. On a single day 240 new families arrived; the municipality had to refuse refuge to any more. Yet still you see them coming up the twisting roads, cars packed with bedding.

Twenty thousand of those who have come to Keyfoun have come from the area of Bourj al-Barajneh, near Beirut's international airport, target of the first Israeli air raids and now largely deserted. The thin foam mattresses that you see stacked against shop doors sell for $30. Blankets go for the same price, with six or seven being shared among up to 20.

Keyfoun's water, delivered from the Barouk river twice a week into a million-litre tank, lasts barely an hour. Many still have money for food: staples like eggs and rice and sugar are becoming more difficult to find...

Typical of those displaced, Ali Ghassan, 58, a former prisoner of the Israelis, is from Tyre. A truck driver and supporter of Hizbollah, he says he left only because of his young children. ..'I built my house two times because of war. I do not wish to have build it a third time.'

Close to the epicentre of last week's attack - a building looking much as locals claim it was, a half-built mosque - only a handful of families remain. Among them is Hasna Shahabeldeen, 40, who was in her apartment when the bombs fell. While the rest of her family fled, she elected to remain.

'There are only four or five families left near here. People have tried to persuade me to go. But I will stay. If necessary I'll die here,' she said...

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Israeli Soldiers Push Deeper Into Lebanon, Seize Village
Los Angeles Times | July 23, 2006

AVIVIM, Israel — As tens of thousands of Lebanese fled the southern tier of their country over bombed-out roads, Israeli warplanes blasted communications towers in central and northern Lebanon and struck for the first time the southern port city of Sidon, where thousands of refugees have sought haven. Reports say the air raid destroyed a Shiite religious complex....Witnesses said a series of large explosions rocked southern Beirut.

...Lebanese by the thousands attempted to flee north over crowded, bombed-splintered roads choked with dust and chaos. Exhausted and angry, families said they did not know where they would go, only that they could no longer remain in villages that had been left in ruins.

"I'm very sad to be leaving my home," said Hassan Shehab, a 45-year-old tailor who was stuck in traffic on a single-lane dirt road leading toward Beirut from the southern seaside city of Tyre. .."Israel wants to kill all of us," he said. "They want this country." By midday Saturday, 14 bomb-battered bodies had been delivered to the Tyre hospital from surrounding villages, and 30,000 evacuees were crammed into basements and schools or ended up on lawns outside a beach resort.

Lebanese and U.N. officials warned of a humanitarian crisis, estimating that at least 700,000 people have been displaced, 360 Lebanese civilians killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israel launched its attacks a week and a half ago.

The ground fighting has centered on the ridge where Maroun el Ras sits, and where Israeli forces encountered stiff resistance....On Saturday, columns of five or six Israeli tanks and bulldozers could be seen advancing up the stony slope to Maroun el Ras....

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The Savage Heartlessness of Condi Rice

by Stan Moore | July 22 2006
http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/33007

"The status quo is not acceptable to Condi Rice, because Condi thinks like Israel's government – if one Israeli suffers, then one thousand Arabs must suffer ten times as much."

Condi Rice does not want a cease-fire in Lebanon. That would bring us back to the status quo, which is totally unacceptable. Rather, Condi Rice wants the destruction of Lebanon and its infrastructure and the killing of hundreds of innocent lives -- that seems better to Condi Rice than the status quo of infrequent missile attacks on Israel by Hezbollah.

Condi Rice seems to have failed completely to learn from recent history. She says that the status quo of Hezbollah attacking Israel with missiles at times and places of Hezbollah's choosing are unacceptable and thus a cease-fire is also unacceptable.
Did Condi notice that even with the Israelis pummeling Lebanon's innocent civilians and infrastructure into the dust, that Hezbollah continues to launch missiles at Israel at times and places of Hezbollah's choosing?

Did Condi Rice happen to notice that 150,000 or so of America's potent military forces and air bases, drone airplanes and tens of thousands of armed Iraqi soldiers have failed to prevent insurgent attacks within Iraq at times and places of the insurgents' choosing?

Does Condi Rice think there is a military solution to these problems?

Or is Condi Rice just a heartless foe of Arabs and Muslims, happy to see the suffering of tens and hundreds of thousands of displaced Arabs as a form of revenge against the Arab peoples in retaliation for the "terrorism" of a relative few?
If Condi Rice had had a slave forefather who stole the master's horse, would she think it appropriate that the entire slave community be beaten?

The status quo is not acceptable to Condi Rice, because Condi thinks like Israel's government – if one Israeli suffers, then one thousand Arabs must suffer ten times as much.

Thus, Condi will not feel good about a cease-fire in Lebanon while the punishment continues to be meted out for those unfortunate enough to be breathing and speaking Arabic. It really does not matter to Condi and Israel's Ehud Olmert whether breathing Lebanese or Palestinian Arabs are guilty of crimes against citizens of Arab. Breathing Arabs are to be collectively punished for the sins of their kin, no matter how personally uninvolved they may happen to be in fact.

This savage heartlessness of Condi Rice does not escape the notice of Arabs everywhere, as well as people of conscience around the world. Condi is trying to make the status quo worse, not better, and it makes one wonder why anyone would call her a "diplomat". Hate-monger is a more appropriate term for this heartless female.

(Editor's note: What is said here of "Condi" may also be said of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the vast majority of the US Congress and most of the American media: repulsive racist hatred for Arabs and Muslims is at the core of their indifference to, or even cheering on Israeli war crimes in Lebanon. These Americans are the same people who have made a compulsory religion out of commemorating the suffering of Judaic civilians during WWII, but are oblivious to Arab suffering happening right now, which they actually exacerbate that suffering with military armament, taxpayer funds as well as moral support to the Israelis waging war against Lebanese civilians. Clearly the slogan of "Holocaust" propaganda, "Never Again," does not apply to the Israeli mass murder of Arabs).

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'Children suffering the most'
News24.com | July 21, 2006

The UN children's agency Unicef said a third of people killed and an estimated half of those displaced in Lebanon had been children.

Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs (Ocha) said: "The exact situation and needs of about 500,000 people displaced or otherwise affected by the conflict was difficult to assess because humanitarian agencies were finding it difficult to move around the country."

Although supplies were stockpiled to be sent to Lebanon, moving them was delayed because roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed by Israeli air raids and shelling in the southern part of the country, said officials. Supplies enough to care for 4 000 "Even when trucks and ambulances could, they risked being hit."

"Overcrowding in school shelters and lack of access to safe water poses a threat of acute respiratory infections, waterborne diseases and the spread of contagious diseases such as measles," said Unicef. Unicef's Wivina Belmonte said Lebanese children were bearing the brunt of the hostilities. "They make up one third of the fatalities so far," said Belmonte. "Of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people, our estimates are that half of those are children."

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Our city is being torn...

July 23, 2006 | The Observer (UK)

Dr Mohamed Bashir, general manager of Hizbollah's al-Rassoul hospital, leant back in his chair. 'We have 160 beds and all are full - with our usual patients. Since this war started, we have not received one person from Haret Hreik.' Haret Hreik, Hizbollah's headquarters in the southern suburbs of Beirut, lies in ruins. Once home to tens of thousands, the neighbourhood is now a pancake of destruction. It bears silent witness to the futility of Israel's first 10 days of war in Beirut. For Haret Hreik was meant to be the tomb of Hizbollah's leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

There is no evidence that a single person died at the height of Israel's onslaught against Haret Hreik, a five-hour bombardment that provoked a counter-attack on Israel's third-largest city, Haifa, driving its inhabitants into shelters for the first time since the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948. It is a measure of the poverty of Israel's intelligence that those who ordered the air force into action on 16 July appear not to have known that Haret Hreik had been evacuated days before.

The multi-million-dollar mistake was repeated three days later, when 23 tons of bombs were dropped on a mosque under construction in a poor quarter of Bourj al-Barajneh, another predominantly Shia neighbourhood. Israel claimed the mosque had multiple basements. It had only one - a storage area for Korans and prayer rugs, judging by the debris there. Much of Bourj had been evacuated before the bombing. No one died.

...In its next attack, the Israelis flattened a multi-storey apartment building in another part of Bourj. Again, no one died. Hizbollah had recommended that the area be evacuated days earlier. In Ashrafieh, in Christian east Beirut, Israeli planes attacked a piece of drilling equipment. Some thought that they mistook it for a launch ramp; others that they were sending a message to the Christian community: 'Stay away from Hizbollah.' Anger soon gave way to a sort of bitter amusement.
'They are so stupid, the Israelis,' said architect Simone Kosremelli, whose mother lives near by. 'Imagine that they thought there was a missile ramp in the heart of Ashrafieh. But if they are going to hit every machine in Beirut, we are in trouble.'
... It is not just the agony of south Lebanon, and the garbage that is piling up. It is not the lack of fresh milk since the IDF (Israeli air force) bombed milk factories and the quadrupling, in many areas, of fruit and vegetable prices since the IDF smashed the roads between Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and south Lebanon.

...For the moment, there is a new sense of Lebanese-ness as Israel strikes Muslim and Christian, soldier and militiaman, woman and child. 'I am really proud of this country,' said Ihab Ghandour, a Beirut businessman spending $6,000 a day on a relief operation staffed by dozens of young people of all religions and political persuasions, and who has transformed a network cafe into a media monitoring centre from where volunteers are bombarding the world's press with criticism. The idea grew from a television broadcast that reported '170 dead on both sides' at a time when Israel's dead were in single figures. 'That's revolting,' Ghandour said. 'The next day, I gathered people around.'

As a 13-year-old, Jawad Saad helped deliver relief supplies during a previous Israeli offensive - 'Grapes of Wrath' in south Lebanon in 1996. Ten years later, he is assessing need in the public spaces and buildings where more than half a million southerners are squatting, tending their patches with the same care with which they tended their homes until last week. 'I am not Hizbollah, but I am with Hizbollah because Hizbollah is against Israel and Israel is my enemy,' he said.

In a school-turned-reception-centre at the southern approach of Beirut, Ali Hassan, a Hizbollah official, lit a candle and apologised for the lack of electricity. 'We are not worried by candles. If Israel wants to defeat Hizbollah, it must erase the whole of Lebanon'...

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Shame of Being an American

by Paul Craig Roberts
July 22, 2006 | Counterpunch.org

Gentle reader, do you know that Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing in southern Lebanon? Israel has ordered all the villagers to clear out. Israel then destroys their homes and murders the fleeing villagers. That way there is no one to come back and nothing to which to return, making it easier for Israel to grab the territory, just as Israel has been stealing Palestine from the Palestinians.

Do you know that one-third of the Lebanese civilians murdered by Israel's attacks on civilian residential districts are children? That is the report from Jan Egeland, the emergency relief coordinator for the UN. He says it is impossible for help to reach the wounded and those buried in rubble, because Israeli air strikes have blown up all the bridges and roads. Considering how often (almost always) Israel misses Hezbollah targets and hits civilian ones, one might think that Israeli fire is being guided by US satellites and US military GPS. Don't be surprised at US complicity. Why would the puppet be any less evil than the puppet master?

Of course, you don't know these things, because the US print and TV media do not report them. Because Bush is so proud of himself, you do know that he has blocked every effort to stop the Israeli slaughter of Lebanese civilians. Bush has told the UN "NO." Bush has told the European Union "NO." Bush has told the pro-American Lebanese prime minister "NO." Twice. Bush is very proud of his firmness. He is enjoying Israel's rampage and wishes he could do the same thing in Iraq.

Does it make you a Proud American that "your" president gave Israel the green light to drop bombs on convoys of villagers fleeing from Israeli shelling, on residential neighborhoods in the capital of Beirut and throughout Lebanon, on hospitals, on power plants, on food production and storage, on ports, on civilian airports, on bridges, on roads, on every piece of infrastructure on which civilized life depends? Are you a Proud American? Or are you an Israeli puppet?

On July 20, "your" House of Representatives voted 410-8 in favor of Israel's massive war crimes in Lebanon. Not content with making every American complicit in war crimes, "your" House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press, also "condemns enemies of the Jewish state."

Who are the "enemies of the Jewish state"?

They are the Palestinians whose land has been stolen by the Jewish state, whose homes and olive groves have been destroyed by the Jewish state, whose children have been shot down in the streets by the Jewish state, whose women have been abused by the Jewish state. They are Palestinians who have been walled off into ghettos, who cannot reach their farm lands or medical care or schools, who cannot drive on roads through Palestine that have been constructed for Israelis only. They are Palestinians whose ancient towns have been invaded by militant Zionist "settlers" under the protection of the Israeli army who beat and persecute the Palestinians and drive them out of their towns. They are Palestinians who cannot allow their children outside their homes because they will be murdered by Israeli "settlers."

The Palestinians who confront Israeli evil are called "terrorists." When Bush forced free elections on Palestine, the people voted for Hamas. Hamas is the organization that has stood up to Israel. This means, of course, that Hamas is evil, anti-Semitic, un-American and terrorist. The US and Israel responded by cutting off all funds to the new government. Democracy is permitted only if it produces the results Bush and Israel want.

Israelis never practice terror. Only those who are in Israel's way are terrorists.

Another enemy of the Jewish state is Hezbollah. Hezbollah is a militia of Shi'ite Muslims created in 1982 when Israel first invaded Lebanon. During this invasion the great moral Jewish state arranged for the murder of refugees in refugee camps. The result of Israel's atrocities was Hezbollah, which fought the Israeli Army, defeated it, and drove it out of Lebanon. Today Hezbollah not only defends southern Lebanon but also provides social services such as orphanages and medical care.

To cut to the chase, the enemies of the Jewish state are any Muslim country not ruled by an American puppet friendly to Israel. Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the oil emirates have sided with Israel against their own kind, because they are dependent either on American money or on American protection from their own people. Sooner or later these totally corrupt governments that do not represent the people they rule will be overthrown. It is only a matter of time.

Indeed Bush and Israel may be hastening the process in their frantic effort to overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran. Both governments have more popular support than Bush has, but the White House Moron doesn't know this. The Moron thinks Syria and Iran will be "cakewalks" like Iraq, where ten proud divisions of the US military are tied down by a few lightly armed insurgents.

If you are still a Proud American, consider that your pride is doing nothing good for Israel or for America. On July 20 when "your" House of Representatives, following "your" US Senate, passed the resolution in support of Israel's war crimes, the most powerful lobby in Washington, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), quickly got out a press release proclaiming "The American people overwhelming support Israel's war on terrorism and understand that we must stand by our closest ally in this time of crisis."

The truth is that Israel created the crisis by invading a country with a pro-American government. The truth is that the American people do not support Israel's war crimes, as the CNN quick poll results make clear and as was made clear by callers into C-Span.
Despite the Israeli spin on news provided by US "reporting," a majority of Americans do not approve of Israeli atrocities against Lebanese civilians. Hezbollah is located in southern Lebanon. If Israel is targeting Hezbollah, why are Israeli bombs falling on northern Lebanon? Why are they falling on Beirut? Why are they falling on civilian airports? On schools and hospitals?

Now we arrive at the main point. When the US Senate and House of Representatives pass resolutions in support of Israeli war crimes and condemn those who resist Israeli aggression, the Senate and House confirm Osama bin Laden's propaganda that America stands with Israel against the Arab and Muslim world.

Indeed, Israel, which has one of the world's largest per capita incomes, is the largest recipient of US foreign aid. Many believe that much of this "aid" comes back to AIPAC, which uses it to elect "our" representatives in Congress.

This perception is no favor to Israel, whose population is declining, as the smart ones have seen the writing on the wall and have been leaving. Israel is surrounded by hundreds of millions of Muslims who are being turned into enemies of Israel by Israel's actions and inhumane policies.

The hope in the Muslim world has always been that the United States would intervene in behalf of compromise and make Israel realize that Israel cannot steal Palestine and turn every Palestinian into a refugee. This has been the hope of the Arab world. This is the reason our puppets have not been overthrown. This hope is the reason America still had some prestige in the Arab world.

The House of Representatives resolution, bought and paid for by AIPAC money, is the final nail in the coffin of American prestige in the Middle East. It shows that America is, indeed, Israel's puppet, just as Osama bin Laden says, and as a majority of Muslims believe.

With hope and diplomacy dead, henceforth America and Israel have only tooth and claw. The vaunted Israeli army could not defeat a rag tag militia in southern Lebanon. The vaunted US military cannot defeat a rag tag, lightly armed insurgency drawn from a minority of the population in Iraq, insurgents, moreover, who are mainly engaged in civil war against the Shi'ite majority.

What will the US and its puppet master do? Both are too full of hubris and paranoia to admit their terrible mistakes. Israel and the US will either destroy from the air the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Iran so that civilized life becomes impossible for Muslims, or the US and Israel will use nuclear weapons to intimidate Muslims into acquiescence to Israel's desires.

Muslim genocide in one form or another is the professed goal of the neoconservatives who have total control over the Bush administration. Neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz has called for World War IV (in neocon thinking WW III was the Cold War) to overthrow Islam in the Middle East, deracinate the Islamic religion and turn it into a formalized, secular ritual.

Rumsfeld's neocon Pentagon has drafted new US war doctrine that permits pre-emptive nuclear attack on non-nuclear states. Neocon David Horowitz says that by slaughtering Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, "Israel is doing the work of the rest of the civilized world," thus equating war criminals with civilized men.

Neocon Larry Kudlow says that "Israel is doing the Lord's work" by murdering Lebanese, a claim that should give pause to Israel's Christian evangelical supporters. Where does the Lord Jesus say, "go forth and murder your neighbors so that you may steal their lands"?

The complicity of the American public in these heinous crimes will damn America for all time in history.