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Thursday, July 20, 2006 

More Syrian Bloggers say: Today, we are all Lebanese

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The Syria News Wire is a pure news service - no comment. But I have been so distressed by the events in Lebanon that I felt the need to write the following.


Today, we are all Lebanese.

Lebanon has been sentenced to death. On Wednesday 12 July, she was put in prison, and now she's being tortured.

Israel's war is with Lebanon's civilians, not Hizbollah. Nearly every person killed has been a civilian. Power stations, bridges and petrol stations have been targeted. Israel has warned residents to get out of certain villages, but bombed roads make it difficult - and refugee convoys have been picked out for deadly air raids.

And getting out of the country is impossible now too. The airport has been destroyed, the sea ports are blockaded, and the border posts and highways have been razed to the ground.

Lebanon is held hostage to the angry Israeli war machine. And now more than ever, Syrians bloggers, just like every Syrian stand by her.

Another generation of Lebanese will know nothing but war. We can't let this happen. Again.

This post has been supported by the group of Syrian bloggers at Syria Planet. Please feel free to re-post this statement, and tell one of us, so we can all add your name to this list.
Sasa, The Syria News Wire
Yazan Badran, My Stupid Corner
Ammar, My Many MY's
Ayman Haykal, The Damascene Blog
Omar Salaymeh, Earth to Omar
Annie (in French), Blog.Syrie.Be
Aleppous, Aleppous
Stellar, Rollercoaster Journey
Abu Fares, Abu Fares Says
Ahmad, ضـ ـيـ ـا ع
Ihsan, Bits & Bites of Syria
Oz, Between Syria and France
Shady Zayat, مبعثرة
Soraya, Syrian to the Bone
Omar Faleh, Deconstructed Life
Ayhm Jzzan, ayhm2006
Sharks, Getting Started
Fares, Free Michel Kilo Now
Yaser, roneceve
Amr Faham, My Life, Adventures, and Memories

Gottfried Stutz, Gottfried Stutz!

[One blog removed at the request of the blogger, 6 November 2015]

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Syria always said that 1559 is to destroy Lebanon and now we see why Hareri died ,get Syria out then desroy Lebanon then offer Israeli finantial institution to the traiters in Saudiarabia and Kuwait Jordon and egypt.I hope now the Lebanese will understand that the west intention was and is to protect Israel .

Sasa ,you might like to let your readers see this WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? Pat Buchanan
Wed Jul 19, 6:50 AM ET



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When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert unleashed his navy and air force on Lebanon, accusing that tiny nation of an "act of war," the last pillar of Bush's Middle East policy collapsed.

First came capitulation on the Bush Doctrine, as Pyongyang and Tehran defied Bush's dictum: The world's worst regimes will not be allowed to acquire the world's worst weapons. Then came suspension of the democracy crusade as Islamic militants exploited free elections to advance to power and office in Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Iraq and Iran.

Now Israel's rampage against a defenseless Lebanon -- smashing airport runways, fuel tanks, power plants, gas stations, lighthouses, bridges, roads and the occasional refugee convoy -- has exposed Bush's folly in subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv, thus making Israel the custodian of our reputation and interests in the Middle East.

The Lebanon that Israel, with Bush's blessing, is smashing up has a pro-American government, heretofore considered a shining example of his democracy crusade. Yet, asked in St. Petersburg if he would urge Israel to use restraint in its air strikes, Bush sounded less like the leader of the Free World than some bellicose city councilman from Brooklyn Heights.

What Israel is up to was described by its Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz when he threatened to "turn back the clock in Lebanon 20 years."

Olmert seized upon Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers to unleash the IDF in a pre-planned attack to make the Lebanese people suffer until the Lebanese government disarms Hezbollah, a task the Israeli army could not accomplish in 18 years of occupation.

Israel is doing the same to the Palestinians. To punish these people for the crime of electing Hamas, Olmert imposed an economic blockade of Gaza and the West Bank and withheld the $50 million in monthly tax and customs receipts due the Palestinians.

Then, Israel instructed the United States to terminate all aid to the Palestinian Authority, though Bush himself had called for the elections and for the participation of Hamas. Our Crawford cowboy meekly complied.

The predictable result: Fatah and Hamas fell to fratricidal fighting, and Hamas militants began launching Qassam rockets over the fence from Gaza into Israel. Hamas then tunneled into Israel, killed two soldiers, captured one, took him back into Gaza, and demanded a prisoner exchange.

Israel's response was to abduct half of the Palestinian cabinet and parliament and blow up a $50 million U.S.-insured power plant. That cut off electricity for half a million Palestinians. Their food spoiled, their water could not be purified, and their families sweltered in the summer heat of the Gaza desert. One family of seven was wiped out on a beach by what the IDF assures us was an errant artillery shell.

Let it be said: Israel has a right to defend herself, a right to counter-attack against Hezbollah and Hamas, a right to clean out bases from which Katyusha or Qassam rockets are being fired and a right to occupy land from which attacks are mounted on her people.

But what Israel is doing is imposing deliberate suffering on civilians, collective punishment on innocent people, to force them to do something they are powerless to do: disarm the gunmen among them. Such a policy violates international law and comports neither with our values nor our interests. It is un-American and un-Christian.

But where are the Christians? Why is Pope Benedict virtually alone among Christian leaders to have spoken out against what is being done to Lebanese Christians and Muslims?

When al Qaeda captured two U.S. soldiers and barbarically butchered them, the U.S. Army did not smash power plants across the Sunni Triangle. Why then is Bush not only silent but openly supportive when Israelis do this?

Democrats attack Bush for crimes of which he is not guilty, including Haditha and Abu Ghraib. Why are they, too, silent when Israel pursues a conscious policy of collective punishment of innocent peoples?

Britain's diplomatic goal in two world wars was to bring the naive cousins in, to "pull their chestnuts out of the fire." Israel and her paid and pro-bono agents here appear determined to expand the Iraq war into Syria and Iran, and have America fight and finish all of Israel's enemies.

That Tel Aviv is maneuvering us to fight its wars is understandable. That Americans are ignorant of, or complicit in this, is deplorable.

Already, Bush is ranting about Syria being behind the Hezbollah capture of the Israeli soldiers. But where is the proof?

Who is whispering in his ear? The same people who told him Iraq was maybe months away from an atom bomb, that an invasion would be a "cakewalk," that he would be Churchill, that U.S. troops would be greeted with candy and flowers, that democracy would break out across the region, that Palestinians and Israelis would then sit down and make peace?

How much must America pay for the education of this man?

To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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Norman,
You're an idiot! Wrong on every issue. When a country attacks another country, it deserves what it gets. I'm tired of hearing that Lebanon was too weak to evict the terroist group. Then the weak government (and their citizens)reaps when that specific participant of the Lebanon government conducts an act of war.

I've read on Lebonese bloggers state that the terrorist are strongly supported by a large portion of the population. Then don't bitch when the crap hits the fan. Freedom is not FREE. Stand up...evict the terrorist...OR REAP! And Syria is next.

It looks like i hit a nerve an zionist one.Israel only understand force.

Hey Norman,

Again you showed your ignorance. I a Mexican-American. Idiot! I just recognize stupidity.

You write on and on about the incident, but totally ignore the root cause. Acts of war by that area.

As a Mexican-American, I see similar situation with recent protests in the US. Mexican nationals protest and demand rights in the US. They always bring up the issue how the US stole California, Arizone, and Texas. When questioned why they left Mexico they all respond referencing the economy, lack of jobs, lack of opportunity, coruption, and violence.
Translated...the inability to govern! As a people the fail to create an ecomomy, and to root out corruption...to govern. Sound familar? (Lebanon,Palastine areas, Syria, Iran) Do I want Mexico to regain conrol of these states...Hell No!

Isarel gives up the area of Gaza, did those guys try to create an ecomony..NO. Did they deal with coruption..NO. They became the largest welfare case in the world, and the world is tired of the whining. So when as a people you start crap with Israel, and them cry because you got your asses kicked...nobody cares. Stop being destructive, demonstrate that with the land you have you can do anything but whine.

Starting doing something positive or continue to die. Because the world is tired of your whining!

I think you'll find that Israel did not 'give up Gaza'. It simply pulled out its illegal settler colonies and removed its army from the streets. It still kept its army at the gates of Gaza, chose to open it when it felt like, didn't allow any air flights, nor sea activity. Gaza has become the world's biggest open prison.

At the same time it expanded its settlements in the West Bank.

So "trying to deal with the economy" would require a lot more than moving your army one kilometre away.

And as for the corruption, that's why Fatah were voted out and Hamas were voted in. But Israel didn't like that free and fair election.

Likud and Kadima are just as much terrorists as Hamas are. Having a 'state' doesn't legitimise targeting civilians.

And if Palestine is a welfare case, what does that make Israel, which receives more aid than any other country in the world.

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