Sunday, July 16, 2006

G-8 Summit Statement

The G-8 Summit leaders have released a statement requesting a ceasefire on both sides, asking for Hizbullah to return the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and asking the UN to send troops to the South of Lebanon to help the Lebanese Army deploy on the borders.

Addendum: Since a decision was made to disable comments, I got a lot of emails supporting me and some against it. I have consulted with my fellow blogger Raja and decided to bring back the comment section when cooler heads start prevailing (which is very soon). We both believe in open debate, but also responsible debate, especially that we are going through tough times right now.

Update: A whole neighborhood in Tyre was hit. The death toll has increased to 16 and might be even higher. On another front, 7 have died, 5 of whom hold the Canadian citizenship, in a southern village, Aitroun, by Israeli rockets.

Update 2: 20 dead now in the Tyre massacre. EU envoy Javier Solana will very soon be making a public address. He has met with PM Seniora, Parliament Speaker Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt. Shimon Perez, former Israeli Prime Minister, said that the IDF is only hitting Hizbullah fighters. Is the picture below a depiction of a fighter?:

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."


mono said...

i hope you will be safe, all of you, and that those gloating and cynical comments will cease.

it is sad to see lebanon being used as a proxy war playground, with iran/syria on one side and israel/usa on the other, while the lebanese people are on the receiving end. it is illusionary that the hezb'allah will be stopped by the means currently used by israel, and it is as illusionary that by pressuring the lebanese govt via targetting civilians to disarm the HA will bear any fruit. this is a vicious cyle of violence, and both the israelis backed by the us and the HA backed by syria/iran are playing into each other's hands.

all this chillingly reminds me of the cold war, when proxy war games were the way to go for some governments.

i urge the fellow readers and bloggers not to start again fueling hate and incitement with ignorant and/or hateful posts.

take care over there, there are many people on your side even outside the region.

Hamilton said...

Sorry for asking - how to distinguish a hizballah militia from a civilian ?
Thank you for answering this question.

John said...

No, this is an innocent child caught in the middle of a war. The Israelis have their own of the young and old who have been killed by Hezbollah and other terrorists. This child, and all the other Lebanese and Israeli children, deserve the chance the grow up in freedom and with peace. I hope such happens for both sides and that this ends soon.

Mouse said...

@ Hamilton

Maybe this could be the answer:
by not targeting civilian buildings or buildings of civilian security forces.
That woud lessen the danger alot.
I think.

Hamilton said...

@ youseef

I would probably agree, but still it does not answer my question.

Still every civilian non-hizballah person who dies is a terrible tragedy and loss.

raf* said...

ya doha,

what's your definition of a "massacre"?

am not trying to be difficult, just genuinely interested.


Aisah_6 said...

Perhaps this means that G8 democracies - are finally learning to see terror as a common threat that must be confronted with a unified front.This is another reminder that terrorism has no borders. They have no concern for the fate of those trapped in the attacks or the pain they cause to their friends and relatives.They can't play it fair. They seek no democratic means to put their case through. Democratic countries are their target.

lily-ann said...

Doha, i have to say i'm very thankful for this blog and to whom gave me the link. my country's communication is very filtered when talking about the lebanese side.

i really want to know the truth...

and for the picture, both sides says they won't hit innocent, both sides do.

Michael said...

First, I am glad to see you reopened your comment section. As I have sent your link to several of my friends. I like seeing the open dialogue from everyone, even the ones I disagree with. I do not post very often on blogg’s, but, I read a lot of them. I have been following this since the first couple of hours after it started on Wed. and was mad as hell by Wed. night, because the media here in the US seemed to be ignoring this, (the wild fires in CA. were more important then what could become a full blown world war). I think they were waiting to see what the overall option was on the websites before they started telling everyone which side they need to take, just my option on our MSM.

2. I believe Tyre is about 30-40 km north of Israel, and is this not part of southern Lebanon that the Hizbullah control. I’m not being sarcastic, just trying to make sure I understand who’s who, and where.

3. I also read on one of the links that was posted by Doha, “ Update 3: Read From Beirut to the Beltways Massacre in Tyre”. That Senior Hizbullah leaders were killed in this attack, which then contradicts, what was posted here. I also read that 5 missile launchers were destroyed in this attack, which are without argument a war target.

4. If Tyre is where it appears to be, close to the border of Israel, why is a small child still in this area, 5-6 days after the war has started. Unless they are being held there as shields or no common sense at all. And the posting of this child’s picture on here is no different then what I read condemned by this site just a couple of days ago.

I know and understand that you guys are under a lot of pressure there and your emotions are running very high, who’s wouldn’t be. And I find a lot of good and useful dialogue being discussed here, which I think most of us would agree helps. Hopefully, something Israel and Lebanon’s leaders will be able to do themselves, after this is over, and keep this from happening again. I guess time will tell.

April said...

Does anyone know if the Canadian government has given a response to the report that 5 of their citizens have died as a result of this latest bombing by Israel?

Jaeger said...

Ah yes, the Arab way of war:

Step 1: Elect a bearded nutjob as regional leader who makes bloodcurdling threats and holds large parades with kids waving AK-47s and dressed as suicide bombers.

Step 2: Store the weapons, fighters, missiles and launchers in densely populated civilian areas.

Step 3. Rain mortars, rockets indiscriminately on civilian areas, or send suicide attackers onto buses and trains.

Step 4: Release propaganda video celebrating the deaths of innocent infidels, then retreat and cower under some kids' bedrooms.

Step 5: Once the inevitable reprisals come to the war you started parade the victims and wail pathetically for western countries to come to your rescue and enforce a cease-fire.

This pattern is becoming rather tiresome, frankly. If you want a cease fire, you could always cease firing in the first place. Even better, you could stop following leaders like Mr. Psycho-beard Nasrallah.

Telemaque said...

Now, that is not the picture of a Hezbollah fighter. And neither was the 4 year old boy who was the 2nd to die of a katyusha attack on day 1.

What a profoundly meaningful rhetorical question, says I sarcastically.

War sucks. Children die in it. When "brave" warriors hide behind children, even more children die in it.

Solomon2 said...

Tyre, whence Hizballah fired the 15 rockets that killed 8 civilians in Haifa, was targeted Sunday. Eight Canadian dual citizens were killed. Later 5 Hizballah rocket crews were taken out. Nine Lebanese troops are reported killed in raids to knock out their coastal radar stations which assisted the Hizballah attack an Israeli warship last Friday.

Scenic View said...

Does anyone understand the difference between a military target and an indiscriminate bombing?

Did you know that the rockets the Hezballah are using were specially designed with shrapnel intended to kill as many civilians as possible?

You really do need to learn more about the technology in order to understand the motives between Hezbollah v. Israel.