While this makes me sad and extremely angry, it’s really not too surprising. The EU Referendum has chronicled a disgusting episode surrounding the tragedy in Qana.
There is an unexplained gap of about seven hours between the one Israeli air strike that hit the Qana building housing the civilians, which took place around 1 A.M. Sunday, and the first report that the building had collapsed, said the chief of staff of the Israel Air Force, Brigadier General Amir Eshel. Speaking at a press conference at the Kirya military complex in Tel Aviv last night, Eshel said that of three Israeli air strikes on Qana early Sunday, only the first strike hit the building in which the civilians were staying. The other two hit areas at least 400 meters away.
“I can’t say whether the house collapsed at 12 A.M. or at 8 A.M.,” said Eshel. “According to foreign press reports, and this is one of the reports we are relying on, the house collapsed at 8 A.M. We do not have testimony regarding the time of the collapse. If the house collapsed at 12 A.M., it is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it.”
In the second IAF strike on Qana, which took place at around 2:30 A.M. Sunday, IAF planes bombed two targets located about 500 meters from the building that collapsed, and in the third strike, at around 7:30 A.M., three targets were bombed 460 meters away from the building, Eshel said. He told reporters that an analysis of photographs of the strikes, taken by cameras installed in the warplanes, showed that the four bombs dropped during the second and third strikes hit the intended targets, and that an IAF plane sent on a photo sortie in the afternoon confirmed that the intended targets had been hit. -Haaretz.com
I’ve lost track of how many world leaders have condemned Israel for the strikes early Sunday morning. If Israel manages to prove they weren’t responsible for the civilian deaths, I wonder how many of those U.N. pansies will make an apology? Prediction, zero…
Despite incredible pressure from the world community, Israel will continue it’s offensive in Southern Lebanon.
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Israel plans to “expand and strengthen” its attack on Hezbollah, diminishing hopes that the 48- hour airstrike halt could become a longer cease-fire.
…Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Rice over the weekend that Israel would need 10 to 14 more days to finish its offensive, and Justice Minister Haim Ramon told Army Radio on Monday that he did not think the fighting was yet over.
“I’m convinced that we won’t finish this war until it’s clear that Hezbollah has no more abilities to attack Israel from south Lebanon. This is what we are striving for,” Ramon said. -BREITBART.COM
It’s tempting to hop on the “immediate ceasefire” bandwagon, especially after Sunday’s carnage in Qana. But it’s important to remember how this all started, and who then enemy is. It’s a proven fact that Hezbollah uses civilians as shields and fights from within mosques, residential areas, and even U.N. posts. Pretty much the same tricks all terrorists use to disguise their cowardice while stirring up support for their cause. Here is a photo from the Herald Sun showing Hezbollah militants setting up an anti-aircraft gun in a residential area.
Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.
The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.
“Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets,” he said.
“Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.
“It was carnage. Two innocent people died in that incident, but it was so lucky it was not more.”
The release of the images comes as Hezbollah faces criticism for allegedly using innocent civilians as “human shields”.
Mr Egeland blasted Hezbollah as “cowards” for operating among civilians.
“When I was in Lebanon, in the Hezbollah heartland, I said Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending in among women and children,” he said. -Herald Sun
I’m sick of people blaming Israel for the civilian deaths. It’s time to hold the cowards who hide among them responsible.
A massive crowd marched through Mexico City on Sunday to back a leftist who claims he was robbed of victory in a fiercely contested presidential election and is demanding a vote-by-vote recount. -My Way News
Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? Just goes to show how Liberalism truly doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what race, nationality, or color your are. It’ll make anyone an irrational nutcase.
Mexico was plunged into a political crisis by the close July 2 election, which saw ruling party conservative Felipe Calderon beat Lopez Obrador by just around 244,000 votes out of 41 million cast.
Lopez Obrador, an austere former mayor of Mexico City who campaigned on promises to help Mexico’s poor with ambitious welfare and infrastructure programs, claims the result was rigged against him.
Yes, bring on the welfare programs, that’s exactly what Mexico needs, more poverty.
In one day failed presidential candidate John Kerry manages to get completely owned by Bolton and still has time to rewrite Cold War history. This is from the confirmation hearings on July 27, 2006.
Kerry: Are you prepared to go to bi-lateral talks?
Bolton: Quite the contrary, we said expressly that what we wanted from North Korea was not simply a return to the six party talks, but an implementation of the September 2005 joint statement from the six party talks which would mean their dismantlement of their nuclear weapons program.
Kerry: But this has been going on for five years Mr. Ambassador.
Bolton: It’s uh, the nature of multi-lateral negotiations Senator.
Kerry: Why not engage in a bi-lateral one and get the job done? That’s what the Clinton administration did.
Bolton: Uh, very poorly since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed.
Kerry was obviously embarassed and rightly so. It’s always fun to watch these blow-hard senators try and tear a piece out of Bush’s nominees, only to have it blow up in their faces.
Later that day Kerry gives us another doozy.
…historically throughout the cold war that drove the United States and the then Soviet Union to escalate, until ultimately President Reagan, conservative president, and president Gorbachev said we’re gonna come down in Reykjavik to no weapons, so we reversed fifty years of spending money and chasing this thing. -Kerry
Um…okay. Let’s see what a simple search brings up…
It’s times like this I’m glad Al Gore invented the internet.
Innocent civilians aren’t the only victims of the current Middle East conflict.
Although many of the (Hezbollah)rockets fall in unoccupied areas in northern Israel, more 3,700 acres of nature reserves and 1500 acres of forests have been burned since fighting began, reports the Israeli news site Ynet. “It will take the north tens of years to bounce back and be a green pearl,” Jewish National Fund manager Michael Weinberger said. -source
Green Peace, Sierra Club, Darryl Hanna, anyone? Someone needs to get their act together and put forth a U.N. resolution stating that if Hezbollah is going to launch rockets, they must hit Jews and not trees or wildlife. I’m sure Kofi would sign off on that.
Sic’ em Hanna.
July 27th, 2006
“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a UN observer post in southern Lebanon,” Annan said.
He described the strike as a “coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked UN post.” -source
A United Nations peace keeping officer from Canada told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that Hizbullah used the same tactic to draw fire on the UNIFIL post which resulted in the death of four U.N. observers. “This is their favorite trick,” he said. “They use the U.N. as shields.” -source
Gee, contrary to popular belief, those Hezbollah guys don’t seem so nice.
Beijing strongly condemned the attack and summoned Israel’s ambassador to demand an apology.
“The Chinese side is deeply shocked and strongly condemns this,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said. “The Chinese side demands that all sides in the confrontation, especially Israel, take all measures to ensure the safety of UN peacekeepers.”
Yea, Israel, you play nice. Just because Hezbollah has launched 1400 rockets into Israel in 15 days(-source), that’s no excuse for you to actually defend your country. Just sit there like nice little Jews and take it, after all, how many rockets can they have?
Poll: World Doesn’t Respect Bush
60% In CBS/NY Times Poll Say President Not Respected By Foreign Leaders
Put me in the strongly disagree category. I wonder if Saddam Hussein was included in the poll group?
Pessimism about the Mideast extends to U.S. efforts in Iraq. Just 27 percent of Americans — the lowest number to date — now believe the United States is winning the war, compared with 13 percent who say the Iraqi resistance is winning and 58 percent who call it a stalemate.
Well, give yourselves a big pat on the back for this one MSM. After all, it’s thanks to your biased reporting that turns every American victory into defeat, and focuses as much as possible on any negative aspect of the war that most Americans don’t know just how well we really are doing over there. Anyone remember how the Abu Ghraib anniversary was celebrated? Most journalists today see it as their patriotic duty to remind us all how terrible America is, especially under Bush. Our enemies count on this, and our media always delivers.
A separate CBS News/New York Times poll on Congress and the 2006 election (.pdf) found continued low approval ratings for lawmakers and the president translating into a Democratic lead in the midterm voting this fall.
If the midterm elections for the House of Representatives were held today, 45 percent of registered voters said they would support the Democratic annuities, while 35 percent would support the Republican.
Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? Seems like this is pretty much the same thing we’ve heard before any major election in recent years. Prediction; The Dems lose more seats, but get close enough in some areas to declare yet another moral victory. Then the MSM echoes that and shows how the slim margins means people hate Bush. The beat goes on…