July 27, 2006

July 27, 2006: Middle East ...

Report: Nasrallah is in Damascus AP/Jerusalem Post, July 27, 06, via newsbeat1

A top Iranian envoy was in Syria on Thursday for talks on the Israeli-Hizbullah conflict in a meeting that brought together the guerrilla organization's two key sponsors, according to Iranian news reports. A Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah was taking part in the session.

Kuwait's Al-Siyassah newspaper, known for its opposition to the Syrian regime, said the meeting was designed to discuss ways to maintain supplies to Hezbollah fighters with "Iranian arms flowing through Syrian territories."

Al-Siyassah said it learned of the meeting from "well-informed Syrian sources" it did not identify. [....]

Kofi Annan -- Impartiality 101

International peacekeepers? July 21, 06

As the UN and the EU call for international peacekeepers in Lebanon, a simple fact seem to have been forgotten:

They are already there.

Since 1978, the UN has had UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) set up. And since 1978, they have not lifted a single finger to stop rocket attacks towards Israel.

Since then, [....]

Read the facts of UNIFIL life. The screen capture is from elderofziyon website.

Captain's Quarters: A Reminder Of Hezbollah's Track Record July 26, 2006

Some still consider Israel's decision to respond with a limited war to Hezbollah's invasion, which killed eight and saw two IDF soldiers abducted by the terrorists, an unreasonable reaction to the scale of the provocation. People have forgotten that Hezbollah has not sat quietly in Lebanon and acted as a political party during the six years after Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. Just eight months ago, Hezbollah fired off rockets at Israel: [....]

Details ... details

PM: UN post not deliberately targeted

Harper, speaking to reporters Wednesday after a funding announcement in eastern New Brunswick, said the Canadian military would consult with the UN and the Israeli government to find out what happened ... Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener ...

The prime minister also said he wanted to know why the post was still manned two weeks after Israel launched a massive offensive that has transformed southern Lebanon into a war zone.

They're schooled in hatred ... I suspect they wouldn't know what to do with peace ... Peace would mean they'd have to confront the demons Islamists cannot face ... The failed states from which they emanate are hostages to teachings from 13 centuries ago. Killing is so much easier than thinking and changing, apparently ...

UN backs off claim -- Bad translation: Senior Palestinians deny release of Israeli soldier 'imminent'

Palestinian legislator Saeb Erekat said it was “premature” to say the soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, was about to be released.

Earlier, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had been quoted by an official Italian translator at a news conference as saying there could be an “imminent solution” for the release of the soldier, captured June 25. He had translated Abbas from Arabic into Italian.

Related: Palestinians deny soldier's release

8,000 people attend pro-Israel rally in Toronto -- Lew MacKenzie spoke on terrorism ctv.ca

Former UN commander Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie delivered the keynote address at the rally.

MacKenzie spent four years living in the Middle East
during various deployments, and told CTV Toronto he believes deeply in Israel's goal of rooting out terrorism.

"Some people look at this as Lebanon versus Israel, when in fact it's Israel versus terrorism, an extremely vile form of terrorism, so I'm happy to support their cause,"
MacKenzie said.

MacKenzie also said he would also speak at a Lebanese rally, if asked to do so. He said he has a tremendous amount of affection for the people of both nations.

"What I have no time for is terrorism, and this is Israel versus terrorism."

UN's responses -- Remember Rwanda, for example

Hezbollah was using UN post as 'shield' comment from rosemarie59

Hypocrisy is the new pragmatism.


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