Sunday, July 30, 2006

Condi, the Femme Fatale

I was going to write something about the "Hate Crime in Seattle" but I see that Christy at Firedoglake has already done that. I also thought that it was important to mention that wacko, nitwit of a man called Mel Gibson, but FLS at The Fat Lady Sings beat me to it also.

Therefore I turned my focus to the Middle East. The meltdown. The topic that some do not want to blog about, particularly this one. But the true humanitarian, left wing bloggers have quite a bit to say actually. Billmon wrote an excellent post yesterday.

If the Israelis truly are contemplating "solving" the problem with artillery they can certainly reduce Bint Jbeil to a collection of destroyed or half-destroyed buildings. Unfortunately, the history of urban warfare shows that destroyed and half-destroyed buildings usually make even more effective fortifications than the intact variety -- particularly if the enemy has had time to build underground bunkers and fire positions and connect them with trenches and/or tunnels.
Or just take a look at the caption over the picture of Condi here.

The events overnight are tell taling. The picture at the top is of Israeli gunners performing a morning prayer next to an army artillery piece at a position near the Lebanese border in northern Israel, early this morning.

Lebanese security officials say 57 people were killed in Israeli airstrike in Qana, raising toll from conflict to more than 500.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed 'great sorrow' Sunday for the air strikes that destroyed houses in the Lebanese town of Qana and killed dozens of people, many of them children, but blamed Hezbollah guerrillas for using the area as a base for launching rockets at Israel. He also said Israel is not in a hurry to agree to a cease-fire in Lebanon until it achieves its goals.

Lebanese officials have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to visit Lebanon after an Israeli airstrike that killed dozens.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she is "deeply saddened by the terrible loss of innocent life" in Lebanon, but does not call for cease fire.

I guess Condi feels pictures like these are fine.

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