Aug 16, 2006

Various news from the Middle East

Israeli bombs continues to kill Lebanese civilians

Few minutes after the UN announced a cease-fire, Lebanese civilians (mostly children) returning to their homes were killed by unexploded bombs left by the Israel army.

Israel Planned Hezbollah Bombing
According to Seymour Hersh, Israel had prior plans to bomb Hezbollah and the US had known about it. There report doesn’t claim that the US encouraged Israel. US officials have denied any prior knowledge. But according to Shimon Peres speaking at CFR, he says that the US government is taking a harder line than Israel - which I find amusing. Hezbollah has previous justified the capture of the Israel soldier, that Israel was planning to attack them anyway. This is interesting because if true, this would mean that Hezbollah had done the obvious thing and the that they had not started the war.

Iranian president Ahmadinejad congratulates Emile Lahoud

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a phone talk with his Lebanese counterpart, President Emile Lahoud, congratulated him and the Lebanese nation, calling the Lebanese resistance "The banner of grandeur and pride for the entire Islamic Ummah." ... etc.

Translation of Nasrallah's Divine Victory Speech Available
The translation of Nasrallah's victory speech can be found here.

Iranian President Blogs

The eccentric Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created a blog for himself. In his first post he talked about his youth and a question to his readers if they think "US and Israel are starting a new world war". It will interesting to occasional read his posts. You can reach his blog here.

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