| From Free Market News, care of Antiwar.com, dated August 4th:
Last Wednesday at the Rome Summit, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora reportedly asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, "Are we children of a lesser God? Is an Israeli teardrop worth more than a drop of Lebanese blood?" By the way, Israeli leaders do not appear to be moved by Lebanon's tears, despite their protestations that they have no quarrel with the people of that devastated country.
Today, the Lebanese hospital crisis is worsening. The Independent counts the death toll:
Too bad you can't restart Beirut's power plants with the West's crocodile tears...
... 29 Lebanese Army soldiers have been killed. 3,293 Lebanese have been wounded. 45 per cent of the casualties have been children. 913,000 Lebanese have been displaced (300,000 of whom are children). 94 Israelis have been killed and 1,867 wounded.
10,000 Israeli soldiers are currently fighting Hizbollah in southern Lebanon. 3,000 rockets have been fired at Israel by Hizbollah. The average number of rockets fired daily by Hizbollah in the first week of the conflict was 90. Over the past five days, it has been 169.
Israel has flown 8,700 bombing sorties, destroying 146 bridges and 72 roads. Damage caused to Lebanon's infrastructure is estimated at $2bn. Up to 30,000 tons of oil have spilled into the Mediterranean since an Israeli air strike on Jieh power station.
The international community (apart from Britain and the US) has called for an immediate ceasefire. As yet, the number of UN resolutions: 0.
Oh, and in case you've forgotten, disposable Iraqis continue to die, too. Well, you know, "civil war this, civil war that..."
Meanwhile, Kofi Annan suggests Israel's raid on Qana may have violated international law... (yeah, Kofi, like the Israelis listen to you...) Meanwhile, Israel is shunning the word "evacuees":
The government is offering some 17,000 residents of border towns to leave for several days, Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon said Tuesday.And Israel has released a photo of two men it says are Hezbollah guerillas it captured during one of its recent raids into Lebanon.
In making the announcement, Maimon avoided the word "evacuation," saying instead that the residents were offered to leave the war zone for several days of recuperation. The government will pay for the stay of those leaving the border area.
Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East