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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 

No ceasefire until the soldiers are released

That's Condoleeza Rice's new way of prolonging Israel's destruction of Lebanon.

It's like saying, there will be no ceasefire until the fighting stops. A ceasefire is supposed to be a way in to negotiations and a solution of the roots of the problem. It's not a sweet that you can hand out to kids who behave well.

Get back on the plane Rice.

A ceasefire is not a necessary condition to enter into negotiations. There must be negotiations that lead to a solution that meets the needs of both Israel and Lebanon before a ceasefire can be called. The negotiations must ignore the needs of the Hezbollah.

-amwreck

I think it's very difficult to hold negotiations on a long and enduring peace that would certaainly involve territorial issues (or should). Most wars have involved ceasefires, negotiations, resumption of hostilities when they fail, ceasefire, negotiations, etc.

The only one I remember NOT involving that was the IRA business in Northern Ireland where only ONE side had to lay down their arms before negotiations could start.

Who thought that up? Oh - Great Britain - surprise surprise.

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