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Middle East: Birth pangs or a bloody abortion?

By Daniel M Pourkesali, Virginia

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before setting off on her so called "diplomatic mission" to the Middle East described the massive ongoing destruction of every standing infrastructure, dislocation of a million civilians and untold human suffering in Lebanon as an inevitable part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East".

Of course actions speak louder than words which makes this vulgar fašade even more noticeable by the rush to re-supply Israel (1) with more sophisticated precision bombs so it can carry on this bloody abortion (2) on a country that last year was praised by Ms. Rice herself as a model of democracy and respect for human rights in a region that should remain free of foreign interference. The latter evidently a reference to the Syrian forces still present there.

According to eyewitness accounts, Israel is striking homes, schools, and town centers, using U.S. supplied bombs and munitions that obliterate entire buildings. Vehicles, including ambulances, according to hospital workers, have been shelled by gunboats and hit by helicopter gunfire. Even the Jabel Amel Hospital in Tyre was hit on Sunday by a missile demolishing an entire wing and killing a family of nine.

As with every other military offensive in the past, Israel has made a conscious effort to cut off its target zone, in this case southern Lebanon, from the rest of the world by first destroying all roads and bridges in order to limit access by the foreign media stuck north of the Litani River unable to report on the situation which grows increasingly dire for those terrified residents that were unable to evacuate their homes and villages in time. A review of daily Press Releases (3) by the UN Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirms that a humanitarian disaster is quickly unfolding as convoys are unable to reach the area and provide the beleaguered civilians with much needed drinking water and basic staples.

In the last few days the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has repeatedly called for an immediate ceasefire which has been backed by most European governments, except England, and the entire bloc of developing nations. Yet the US has single-handedly brought the Security Council to a state of paralysis by arguing that we must wait and see what the military outcome will be.

Haven't we witnessed enough death and destruction for the last 40 years? Wasn't the creation of Hamas and Hezbollah a direct result these very types of aggressions? History shows that war only helps extremism grow. Iraq fiasco is proof positive to that statement.

How much more of this do we need to see before we're convinced the eventual outcome of this military adventure will only be more hatred, more extremism, and less security for all sides?

... Payvand News - 7/26/06 ... --

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