On Monday a high-ranking Israeli Air Force officer caused a storm in an off-record briefing, during which he told reporters that IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz had ordered the military to destroy ten buildings in Beirut in retaliation to every Katyusha rocket strike on Haifa.Numbers reach perfect parity- at a factor of ten:
Dr Rice flew into Lebanon late yesterday, seeking a "sustainable" ceasefire in a conflict that by last night had cost more than 370 lives in Lebanon and at least 37 Israeli lives.Brits are tired of Blair dictating Foreign Policy while supine before the US President:
Even a majority of Labour supporters - traditionally more supportive of Mr Blair's foreign policy position - think he has misjudged the relationship, with 54% saying Britain is too close to the US. Conservatives - 68% - and Liberal Democrats - 83% - are even more critical.
Oh that Australians will one day express similar levels of dignity.Our new friends in Iraq make a stunning and obvious point:
"What is going on in Lebanon will be a great push to fundamentalism ... This will increase terrorism and extremism".Oops make that 380 dead Lebanese, plus over 800 wounded, coupled with around 120 deaths in Gaza. Some more 'terror' targets nailed:
..two brothers, aged 9 and 11, and their uncle were killed in their home..and in a major strategic victory in the War on Terror:
..an attack on a Palestinian refugee camp at Rashidiyeh killed one of the inhabitants and wounded five others including a baby in pre-dawn attacks...
Israeli shells have killed five people and wounded several others in the Gaza Strip, including a 60-year-old woman and her 12-year-old grandson riding a donkey cart.Donkey Carts being a vehicle of choice for opportunistic Jihadis.
Meanwhile, the ALP tries to leap in a stealth bomber and fly completely under the radar. Beazely mutters something vaguely apologist and pro Israel, Rudd does some slightly more balanced hand wringing... is this the best we can expect from what has now become a one issue party? Are they saying more but being ignored by the MSM?