July 22, 2006

Hezbollah: The next WWIII or major humanitarian disaster?

An AP reporter has labeled him as "the unlikely new hero of Arab nationalism" (here). He is Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. Today Israeli troops began a large ground assault on the militant group of Lebanon. What else could they do? They want to stop the rockets being launched across the border. Hezbollah began the fighting and the crossing of the borders on July 12 when members of the group captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others. The AP reports that 370 people have been killed in Lebanon and in Israel, 34.

Reuters reports U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says any immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah would be a "false promise" (here). The U.S. and President Bush are currently opposed to talks of peace, vowing to not negotiate or go soft on terrorist Islam group Hezbollah.
"Secretary Rice will make it clear that resolving the crisis demands confronting the terrorist group that launched the attacks and the nations that support it," President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address.
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, said on "Meet the Press" that the Israel-Hezbollah conflict "is, in fact, World War III". He told the Seattle Times that Bush should call a joint session of Congress and tell them so. How irrelevant that man is.

7,000 protesters marched in London with signs that read "Axis of evil: Bush, Blair, Olmert" (referring to the political leaders of the United States, Britain and Israel) (here)

Getting to the heart of the issue, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is calling the situation between Hezbollah and Israel a "major humanitarian disaster" (here). He refers to the Israeli air, sea and ground assaults that have killed mostly Lebanon civilians. Many Israeli civilians have died also as Hezbollah in turn fired hundreds of rockets across the border into Israel. But, reports Monster And Critics,
"But Annan also stood behind US calls earlier in the day for Hezbollah's disarming to be part of any long-term ceasefire in the conflict. ... Annan said there was 'no disagreement' between him and Rice over the 'longer-term goals' in the conflict, but insisted that an immediate truce was needed to curb the humanitarian disaster before a permanent ceasefire, which should include Hezbollah's disarmament, could be negotiated."

Let's think back... way back... to President Bill Clinton and Oct. 23, 1998. That was the day when in Maryland Arafat and Netanyahu signed the Wye River Accord - a land-for-peace deal involving the West Bank. That was at the Middle East Summit that President Clinton hosted. At least there was talking, diplomacy, discussion, and press. Now there is a "silent war" and President Bush and the U.S. are trying to do it all on their own. Why is the U.S. and President Bush against Hezbollah so much? Good question. Quick answer: May 6, 2002 - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrives in Washington for talks with President Bush. Sharon will present a 91-page booklet of documents that Israel claims prove Arafat is directly involved in funding terrorists. Well, you say, Arafat is dead now. He passed in June 2004! Skip to 2006 when the Hamas group wins the first elections in Palestine. That is when President Bush said,
"Hamas cannot be a partner in peacemaking without renouncing violence, and said the U.S. will not deal with Palestinian leaders who do not recognize Israel's right to exist." On June 9, 2006, Hamas said it would no longer honor a truce with Israel following an Israeli artillery strike that killed seven, breaking the truce between Israel and the Palestinians made in February 2005. (gathered here)
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ROAD-MAP TO PEACE??? The International plan for peace in the Middle East included plans for a state of Palestine.

President is keeping busy-- in the next few days he is meeting the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia and the Secretary-General of the Saudi National Security Council, the Prime Minister of Iraq, the President of Romania, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (here). Okay, let's give him some credit: Looks like President Bush is doing a bit of diplomacy work. Let's look back at the roadmap, eh? Why involve world leaders in making maps if you don't follow them?


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