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Candide Recommends: Thursday, July 13, 2006
Israel continues to play America-on-the-Mediterranean: after its first day’s raids on Lebanon killed some 25 civilians, Israel has declared a sea and air blockade, making a crime scene of Lebanon ’s 10,000 square kilometers in an attempt to recover its two soldiers captured by Hezbollah, also known, from the Arabic translation, as the Party of Goons. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Israeli army is warning civilians in Beirut ’s southern suburbs to leave their homes. A repeat of 1982 in perspective? Not quite: The Israelis are destroying too much infrastructure to be readying a wider ground offensive. In my piece this morning I focus on the destruction of one particular bridge in South Lebanon . In fact, the Israelis have destroyed ten bridges according to Lebanon’s French daily in an alleged attempt to isolate the region, though the intention is, as always, equally an economic power-play as anything else: Whenever Lebanon manages a little economic strength, Israel finds a way to sap it. But matters could quickly get out of control. Remember this piece from the New York Times four years ago: “Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon have amassed thousands of surface-to-surface rockets , including missiles with the range to strike cities in northern Israel , according to senior Israeli and Western officials. As the Bush administration moves to confront Iraq , some officials are concerned that Hezbollah could step up its attacks on Israel . In April, the administration urged Syria , a primary Hezbollah patron, to restrain the group, which Washington has classified as a terrorist organization. But now there are concerns that the warning may be wearing off.” It took a while, but Hezbollah now has the excuse to fuse up those rockets, making the American press’ hyperbolic headlining of “a second front” for Israel not that outlandish. Ever the apologist, the Washington Post deems Bush’s options in the mideast “limited.”
- Our friend and blogger Moussa Bashir, whose wife is pregnant, and whose family's neighborhoods as well as his own are under alerts of Israeli bombings, "feels like sitting ducks." "I moved my pregnant wife and my kid to a supposedly safe area in Beirut. Somewhere near the Bristol hotel. I can not tolerate more “collateral” damage. Forty civilians are already dead. 14 are children." See the full post...
- And from Saida, south Lebanon's largest coastal town, this from Ibrahim Jouhari: "While shells are falling a few miles away from my home, I cannot but remember this afternoon, while I was driving back home from Beirut Hezbollah sympathizer where offering passerby cookies and candies! While my ear rings from the sound of explosions I cannot but see the firecrackers Hezbollah sympathizer where launching this afternoon rejoicing in their “great victory” And tomorrow when I will see the bridge linking my home town of Saida to Beirut, I will only say from the bottom of my heart: Enough! Enough wars, death and destruction! Curse you Hezbollah to hell and back! For all this destruction, for all this death! No it is not Israel fault! It is your own! Curse you!"