This destruction panorama of Lebanon is stunning.
In response, Condi
rules out a cease-fire. I say, send these sadists to the front.
Larry Johnson weighs in.
Condi Rice still holds the crazy belief that Lebanon's Army, which is 50%
Shia, will magically deploy and confront Hezbollah. She also deluded herself
into believing that the radical groups, like Hezbollah and the insurgents
in Iraq, are stirring up trouble because the US mission of speading democracy
is actually working. Maybe Condi also believes that the Tooth Fairy passes
out coins for lost teeth, but believing in fantasies does not make fantasies
So far Condi has ruled out talking with Hezbollah about any issue. They are
a terrorist organization and we don't talk to terrorists. Following our lead,
Israel is will rebuff any UN entreaty to negotiate a ceasefire. The table
is set for the next evolution of bloodshed.
Although Hezbollah uses terrorism as a tactic, it is not primarily a terrorist
organization. It has evolved over the years into a genuine political movement
and conventional military force. This is a reality we can ignore at our peril.
If we choose to view Hezbollah strictly as a terrorist threat then we convince
ourselves that we have only one option–fight. But understand this–if we
fight Hezbollah we will unleash a new war front that we are not prepared to
pursue. At a minimum we can expect to face the fury of Shia militias attacking
our troops and personnel in Iraq.
There are some other options. …
Rut Becomes a Grave, by Larry Johnson
Meanwhile, Israel is about to invade southern Lebanon to eviscerate Hezbollah's
stronghold on their border. I bet they're dreading this one. Memories of 1982
have to come flooding back. The last thing Israel wants is to occupy Lebanon.
But once you send ground forces in things have a way of escalating.
But let me get this straight. Israel's planning a ground invasion of southern
Lebanon, and they're telegraphing it to the whole world via satellite TV. Israeli
security is renowned, so why are they showing us the ground build up? Ho-boy,
here we go.
Via Juan Cole:
Thousands of Lebanese were trying to flee the south after Israeli warplanes
dropped leaflets warning people to leave, stirring fears that an Israeli ground
invasion was imminent. But hundreds of thousands more remain stranded in villages
and towns across the south, unable to leave their homes because of the intensity
of the sustained Israeli bombing campaign. United Nations and Lebanese officials
warned of an impending humanitarian disaster unless food and medical supplies
are allowed to reach the stricken area and called on Israel to establish a
“humanitarian corridor” to allow aid to get through.
Dozens of buildings were demolished in Haret Hreik and Bir al-Abed in the
southern suburbs, where 200,000 people formerly resided. Lebanon
Meanwhile, I wonder what our Groper in Chief will be doing this weekend? Nice,
relaxing time at Camp David, I suppose. Pass the butta.
It's been a tough week all 'round. I don't know about you, but I need a massage.
graphic compliments of Bob Geiger.