Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Middle East News

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian peacekeepers are being recalled from the U.N. "peacekeeping" mission in southern Lebanon. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said that "it is very important that Australians appreciate, no matter how affronted we are by what Israel is doing, that they are dealing with Hizbollah and Hamas who are committed to the abolition of Israel as a state. But at the moment let us hope an appropriate longstanding resolution comes to this conflict. We can't afford to have a situation where bandaids are being applied to it again." Good on ya, mate! Love those Aussies!

UN SecGen Kofi Annan backed down from yesterday's moronic assertion that Israel deliberately attacked and killed UN "peacekeepers" in Lebanon. "I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a U.N. Observer post in southern Lebanon,” Annan said in a written statement yesterday. “I call on the government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident and demand that any further attack on U.N. positions and personnel must stop,” he said in the statement.

Today, however, there are new facts regarding the incident. Michelle Malkin has a post up that demonstrates how UN "peacekeepers" are used as a shield by Hezbollah terrorists. She also reports that several missiles had been launched from the area before the position was hit by the Israeli's. Annan's position in all of this is troubling to me. He is condemning Israel, demanding a cease-fire, yet he seems oblivious to the fact that the Israeli's are fighting for their very existence against an enemy that attacked them without provocation. The UN is growing more impotent by the day.

Here's a great post on the subject: Flopping Aces: Who’s Fault Is It Again Kofi?

FOX news reports that the U.S. has blocked a UN Security Council statement that would have condemned Israel for the bombing of the UN security post.

Haaretz/Israel News reports that Israeli troops are incurring more losses in the fighting among mounting rumors of "friendly-fire" incidents, including the accidental downing of an IDF helicopter yesterday. Meanwhile, over 150 rockets were fired into Israel yesterday by Hezbollah terrorists, the largest number yet.

This isn't going to be over any time soon, folks.

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