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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Don't Look For It To Last, Even With Israel Bending Over Backwards

For the cease-fire in Lebanon to evolve into a lasting peace accord, there has to be unanimity reached with expectations and goals for the region and its future. It is a many-splendoured pipe-dream to think that a force of 30,000 (half U.N., half Lebanese) in southern Lebanon will do anything but... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Everybody's Claiming Victory In Lebanon

How can so many victories be won in so small a military conflict? Who knows, but witness: The Lebanese are claiming a moral victory, coming forth to congratulate Hezabollah as their southern national resistance militia (notice that didn't come until after the acceptance of the cease-fire... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

And There Will Be Peace...

After a unanimous peace resolution was passed at the United Nations and Lebanon and Israel both agreed to honor a cease-fire starting at 5:00 a.m. Greenwich, Hezbollah made it known that it would not disarm or leave southern Lebanon. Not only was that disturbing, Lebanon's president, Emile Lahoud,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Real War On Terror

As of this moment, 24 people have been arrested in England in a foiled terrorist plot that involved orchestration, teammwork, and at least 10 jet airliners. Airports around the world immediately experienced a strengthening of security targeting liquid containers, since the plans of the thwarted plot... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The Longest War Israel Has Ever Fought

As the Israeli-Hezbollah Conflict enters its 29th day, the Israeli army has sent more troops into southern Lebanon. The Israeli Security Council yesterday gave the go-ahead for expanded military action against its northern neighbor, but the light incursion thus far leads military experts and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Peacekeeping Force Or No, This War Will Go On Forever

Israel suffered its worst casualties of the current conflict today when a rocket landed in a kibbutz and killed 12 reservists. In an immediate response, Israel bombed Beirut, Qana, a section of the Bekaa Valley,and Tyre, where the killer rocket is said to have originated. There were at least 14... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Has His Reign Finally Come To A Close?

It was announced early this morning that Fidel Castro, Cuba's long-standing Marxist dictator, had temporarily handed over the reins of government to his younger brother, Raul, who has held the position of Defense Minister, until he was well enough after surgery to reassume power. In a written... Sign in to see full entry.

Time Is Measured Differently In Israel

Nowhere near 48 hours, the amount of time Israel stated it would halt airstrikes against Lebanon, had expired when Israel began bombing again. Prime Minister Olmert announced there would be no cease-fire. Ground operations continued. Then Israel's Security Council gave the okay for an expanded... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

56 Dead And A 48-Hour Halt To Airstrikes

Such was the international outcry against the Israeli airstrike that killed 56 Lebanese, mostly women and children, that the United States pressured (it is beleived) the Israelis into acquiescing to a halt to any airstrikes into Lebanon for the next 48 hours. Tony Blair, Bush's most staunch ally,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Koffi Annan Hints At Israel's Purposeful Targeting Of U.N. Observers

United Nations Secretary General Koffi Annan has called for an Israeli as well as a United Nations investigation into a shelling or bombing that left two United Nations observers dead. Israel is denying any deliberateness in the act and assured there was already an investigation into the incident... Sign in to see full entry.

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