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Sunday, July 30, 2006
An incident at Qana
I guess the world outcry has finally gotten to the Israelis. And perhaps that world has been sufficiently shamed by Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora's plaintive cries for help, that it will now act to stop another "accident" from taking the lives of dozens of children in Lebanon. CNN is reporting that Israel has agreed to suspend air operations over southern Lebanon for 48 hours while it investigates the deadly airstrike on Qana, which killed some 60 people, mostly women and apparently, 37 children. That according to a U.S. State Dept. spokesman. CNN is also reporting that the U.N. Security Council convened an emergency session to discuss the crisis in Lebanon, at which Kofi Annan had this to say:

"We must condemn this action in the strongest possible terms," said Annan. "I am deeply dismayed that my earlier calls for immediate cessation of hostilities were not heeded." (Full story) Airstrikes kill dozens (Video)
CNN has catalogued a bit of the horror of Qana here, with plenty of "viewer discretion" advisories for the gentle eyes of American readers. Surprisingly, the horror of Qana has even moved Yo Blair! off the dime:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking during a visit to California on Sunday, said the attack added urgency to the situation.

"What has happened at Qana shows that this is a situation that simply cannot continue," Blair told reporters after speaking with other world leaders, including Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. "I think there is a basis for an agreement that would allow us to get a U.N. resolution, but we have to get this now."
Think so, Tony?

Throughout the Arab world, this is already being referred to as the second Qana massacre. Memories die hard, you know. And Israel cannot possibly win the P.R. war on this one, no matter how many Americans -- of both political parties -- flak for them.

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posted by JReid @ 7:15 PM  
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