<\body> Stories in America: 300 Killed, 1,000 Wounded, 500,000 Displaced in Lebanon

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

300 Killed, 1,000 Wounded, 500,000 Displaced in Lebanon

"Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries? Is this what the international community calls self defense? Is this the price we pay for aspiring to build our democratic institutions?"
-Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora

Zahra al-Samra, 18, was comforted by her brother Tuesday in a hospital in Hosh, Lebanon, two days after she was wounded and their mother and sister died in an Israeli airstrike in nearby Tyre. (New York Times)

A family in Beirut split up, as the children evacuated and their mother stayed behind. (Ali Haider/European Pressphoto Agency)

A damaged building is seen after an Israeli missile struck a neighborhood in the southern town of Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 19, 2006, killing five people, police and hospital officials said. The target was a commercial office of a firm belonging to Hezbollah, but those killed were residents. Israeli troops clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanese side of the border Wednesday, while warplanes flattened buildings and killed at least 20 people overnight as fighting entered its second week with the U.S. signaling it will not push Israel toward a fast cease-fire. (AP Photo/Samer Wehbi)

An injured child lies in a hospital after Israeli warplanes attacked his home in Srifa near the port-city of Tyre in southern Lebanon July 19, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON)

A woman cries, right, as a paramedic, left, attends to a wounded woman in the village of Srifa, near Tyre in southern Lebanon, after Israeli forces' airstrikes flattened 15 houses, Wednesday July 19, 2006. The village's headman, Hussein Kamaledine, said 25 to 30 people lived in the houses, but it was not known if they were at home at the time. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

A Lebanese woman screams as she views the destroyed houses in the center of the southern market town of Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, after Israeli warplane missiles struck earlier, Wednesday July 19, 2006. Five people were killed, police and hospital officials said. The target was a commercial office of a firm belonging to Hezbollah, but those killed were all residents. Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed more than 260 people and displaced 500,000. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A Lebanese woman carries her grandson as she waits to be evacuated by the Greek ferry 'Kriti II' in Beirut port during a massive evacuation operation from Lebanon, July 19, 2006. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (LEBANON)

Brothers Nabil Alaa al-Din, left, Ramzi, center, and Ali, right, wounded in an Israeli warplane missile attack in the southern village of Srifa, Lebanon, sit at hospital beds in the outskirts of the port city of Sidon, Wednesday, July 19, 2006. The airstrikes flattened 15 houses and the village's headman, Hussein Kamaledine, said 25 to 30 people lived in the houses, but it was not known if they were at home at the time. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)


At 7/19/2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Smoke on the water AND fire in the sky!


At 7/19/2006 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


From Lou Dobbs. Yeah, that Lou Dobbs.

While the United States provides about $2.5 billion in military and economic aid to Israel each year, U.S. aid to Lebanon amounts to no more than $40 million. This despite the fact that the per capita GDP of Israel is among the highest in the world at $24,600, nearly four times as high as Lebanon's GDP per capita of $6,200.

Lebanon's lack of wealth is matched by the Palestinians -- three out of every four Palestinians live below the poverty line. Yet the vast majority of our giving in the region flows to Israel. This kind of geopolitical inconsistency and shortsightedness has contributed to the Arab-Israeli conflict that the Western world seems content to allow to perpetuate endlessly.

After a week of escalating violence, around two dozen Israelis and roughly 200 Lebanese have died. That has been sufficient bloodshed for United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to join in the call for an international security force, ignoring the fact that a U.N. force is already in Southern Lebanon, having failed to secure the border against Hezbollah's incursions and attacks and the murder and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

As our airwaves fill with images and sounds of exploding Hezbollah rockets and Israeli bombs, this seven-day conflict has completely displaced from our view another war in which 10 Americans and more than 300 Iraqis have died during the same week. And it is a conflict now of more than three years duration that has claimed almost 15,000 lives so far this year alone.

An estimated 50,000 Iraqis and more than 2,500 American troops have been killed since the insurgency began in March of 2003, which by some estimates is more than the number of dead on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past 58 years of wars and intifadas.

Yet we have seen no rescue ships moving up the Euphrates for Iraqis who are dying in their streets, markets and mosques each day. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has not leaped to Baghdad as he did Beirut. And there are no meetings of the Arab League, and no U.S. diplomacy with Egypt, Syria and Jordan directed at ending the Iraqi conflict.

In the Middle East, where is our sense of proportion? Where is our sense of perspective? Where is our sense of decency? And, finally, just how smart are we?

At 7/20/2006 8:05 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I'm starting to get the general tone here....lotsa pics of Lebanese wounded by Jews ...lotsa links to anti-Israeli blogs...pics of little (Jewish) girls writing messages on bombs...pics of Lebanese women wounded (by Jewish bombs)...pics of buildings (destroyed by Jews)...lotsa comments focused on the sins of the evil Jews.

In other words, pretty much the same thing you get over at this fellows site. Scroll the headlines, its like deja vu all over again:


At 7/20/2006 9:01 AM, Anonymous patriot said...

This is about the Israeli government. Not to mention 1/5 of Israelis are not Jews. They're Arab.

That's like saying all Bush critics hate Americans.

Think for a change. it doesn't hurt.

At 7/20/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Just couldn't help but notice the harmonic convergence of agendas....






At 7/20/2006 1:20 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

And here's something to keep in mind while you're looking at these photos of wounded civilians...

[...] Roadblocks have been set up outside some of the villages to prevent residents from leaving, while in other villages Hizbullah is preventing UN representatives from entering, who are trying to help residents leave. In two villages, exchanges of fire between residents and Hizbullah have broken out.



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