And Today…….(Update)

July 31, 2006

There is no cease fire:

Israeli PM Says No Cease-Fire Coming Now

Lebanese fled north in overflowing trucks and cars Monday, taking advantage of a lull in Israeli bombardment. Israel’s prime minister took a tough line, apologizing for the deaths of dozens of Lebanese civilians in a single strike but declaring there will be no cease-fire.

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“There is no cease-fire, there will be no cease-fire,” he said. “We are determined to succeed in this struggle. We will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror.”

Big surprise there. Meanwhile, Syria is on full alert:

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian military on Monday to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese resistance against Israel.

In an annual address on the anniversary of the foundation of the Syria Arab Army, Assad called on the military to “work on more preparedness and raise readiness of all units.

“We are facing international circumstances and regional challenges that require caution, alertness, readiness and preparedness,” Assad said in the written address.

Diplomats in Damascus say the Syrian army has been on alert since the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon began on July 12 after Hizbollah fighters captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border operation.

Egypt is voicing it’s disgust for Israel’s bloodlust:

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador over Qana attack

CAIRO, July 30 (Reuters) – Egypt summoned Israel’s ambassador to Cairo on Sunday to express its outrage over an Israeli air strike in Lebanon that killed more than 60 civilians, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, following his return from a brief trip to Damascus, summoned the Israeli ambassador to Cairo Shalom Cohen to inform him of Egypt’s severe anger and complete condemnation of the Israeli strike on civilians in Lebanon,” the statement said.

Even Senator Hagel is stepping up and calling for a cease fire:

Key Republican breaks with Bush on Mideast

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Urging President Bush to turn all U.S. efforts toward “ending this madness,” a leading Republican senator Monday broke with the Bush administration and called for an immediate cease-fire in the Mideast.

“The sickening slaughter on both sides must end and it must end now,” Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel said. “President Bush must call for an immediate cease-fire. This madness must stop.”

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“How do we realistically believe that a continuation of the systematic destruction of an American friend — the country and people of Lebanon — is going to enhance America’s image and give us the trust and credibility to lead a lasting and sustained peace effort in the Middle East?” asked Hagel, the No. 2 Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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He called on Bush to name “a statesman of global stature” as his personal envoy to the region. And he urged the administration to open direct talks with Hezbollah’s backers, Iran and Syria, both of which Washington also accuses of meddling in Iraq.

“Our relationship with Israel is special and historic,” he said. “But it need not and cannot be at the expense of our Arab and Muslim relationships. That is an irresponsible and dangerous false choice.”

Bill, of the Clinton variety, says NATO troops would be a good choice for keeping the peace:

Clinton Says NATO Could Provide Security In Mideast

Former President Clinton says a NATO or NATO-led force might be the best coalition to maintain peace between Israel and Lebanon.

In Little Rock Monday, Clinton told The Associated Press he was hopeful that an effective cease-fire would be reached in the region.

Clinton said with a cease-fire, the next step would be to secure the border between Israel and Lebanon. He said a NATO force might be the best alternative because NATO countries have experience working together on peacekeeping missions and because the United Nations security forces aren’t well enough armed.

As for the Democrats, the ones in office:

Democrats side with Bush on Israel

WASHINGTON – While President Bush routinely faces criticism from congressional Democrats over the Iraq War and his domestic policies, there’s been little criticism over his stance on Israel’s campaign against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Even as much of the world expressed outrage Sunday about an Israeli airstrike that killed more than three dozen Lebanese children, a leading Democrat echoed Bush’s defense of Israel.

“I have no criticism of the president on this issue because I think he is doing the right thing,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told CNN. “I know some in the world have called for an immediate cease-fire. But that says Hezbollah has a gun to Israel’s head; let’s let them continue to keep the gun there, which they can use at will. It’s just not fair to Israel.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. expressed a similar view. The resolution supporting Israel’s invasion passed, 410-8.

“Israel is absolutely justified in undertaking the defense of its territory and its people,” Hoyer said.

And:

US stance delights neo-cons, dismays moderates

Last week Hillary Clinton, a potential presidential candidate, scolded Nouri al-Maliki, the visiting Iraqi prime minister, for having criticised Israel.

“His refusal to denounce Hizbollah and his condemnation of Israel send exactly the wrong message about the importance of fighting terrorism and bringing stability and peace to the Middle East,” said Mrs Clinton. “[He should] recognise the right of Israel to defend itself from terrorist aggression.”

At least some people get it:

“It is absolutely baffling to me and almost everyone I know – Republican or Democrat – how Ms Rice and Mr Bush think this strategy will achieve their objectives,” said Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former head of the National Security Council. “The Bush administration is allowing itself to be suckered into believing it can achieve political goals through military means. They seem to have learned nothing from Iraq.”

Mr Armitage, the last senior US official to talk to the government of Syria in 2004, said he “completely disagreed” with Ms Rice’s des-cription of the conflict as the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”. He said: “The administration has an irrational fear that talking is a sign of weakness. It is the best way of gathering information and influencing events.”

Did I miss anyone? Hello, Democrats, remember how you got your asses handed to you over supporting the invasion of Iraq? It’s time to stand up and rally against Bush’s failed foriegn policies. It’s time to stop this madness before something really bad happens, before the whole region falls into war. Goddammit, get some balls and prove you deserve to win in 2006 and 2008.

Update-Ok, I missed someone. As much as this pains me:

Dean calls Iraqi PM an ‘anti-Semite’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki an “anti-Semite” for failing to denounce Hezbollah for its attacks against Israel.

Al-Maliki has condemned Israel’s offensive, prompting several Democrats to boycott his address to a joint meeting of Congress and others to criticize him. Dean’s comments were the strongest to date.

“The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite,” the Democratic leader told a gathering of business leaders in Florida. “We don’t need to spend $200 and $300 and $500 billion bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe that Israel doesn’t have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn Hezbollah.”

I wonder how the Doctor fells now having seen the pictures coming out of Qana.

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