Wednesday, July 26, 2006
BEIRUT, Lebanon At least nine Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon Wednesday, FOX News confirmed.
Hezbollah guerrillas battled to stop Israeli troops from taking one of their southern Lebanese strongholds on Wednesday, inflicting several Israeli casualties, as Arab and Western foreign ministers assembled in Rome for talks on the crisis.
An Israeli bombardment killed at least three U.N. observers in a border post Tuesday. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was shocked by the "apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a U.N. Observer post in southern Lebanon."
In a phone call to Annan on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed "deep regret" for the deaths of the U.N. peacekeepers.
Olmert said the peacekeepers were killed mistakenly and expressed dismay over Annan's accusation, according to a statement released by his office. The prime minister promised a thorough investigation and said the results would be presented to Annan.
China Condemns Israeli Strike for Killing Chinese U.N. Observer
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
"We are deeply shocked by this incident and strongly condemn it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement on the ministry Web site.
Meanwhile back at home:
Democrats urge al-Maliki to clarify view on Hezbollah
By Christina Bellantoni
THE WASHINGTON TIMES July 26, 2006
Congressional Democrats say Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should condemn the Hezbollah attacks on Israel if he wants to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress today.
Some members are considering skipping the planned speech, saying Mr. al-Maliki's July 19 remarks urging the world "to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression" are "troubling" because Iraq is supposed to be a U.S. ally.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois said that he is confident the Israeli-Lebanon conflict will be part of the ongoing dialogue between the United States and Mr. al-Maliki and that he will not disinvite the Iraqi leader. "He should speak and we should all on a bipartisan basis be there to engage him," Mr. Hastert said.
Mrs. Pelosi said the Iraqi leader's comments are "unacceptable," adding, "Unless Mr. Maliki disavows his critical comments of Israel and condemns terrorism, it is inappropriate to honor him with a joint meeting of Congress."
full story here
NEWS FLASH/SPLASH. Nancy Pelosi says something most Americans agree with!
While I can't help but feel the Democrats are doing this for purly political reasons, (because they never seem to get it right), maybe they have finally grasp the fact that we are in a GWOT.
This could be a very "uncomfortable" situation if our "statesmen/people" to embarrass Maliki while we have 130,000 US troops on the ground in Iraq. Personally, I believe the Prime Minister should come out and condemn Hezbollahh for their terrorist activities. If this is the representation of the Iraqi government, the Shia ties with Iran are too strong and need to be cut in the butt. Iran and Syria need to be shaking in their boots/sandals" and should not feel any comfort from any of the world powers. And Kofi Annan needs to retire!
Personal observation: I think Amy Kellogg (the Fox News Correspondent in Isreal) is not only beatuiful, but very good at her job. Get home safe Amy.
Kofi Annan Could Have Ordered Peacekeepers to Leave
By Julie Stahl CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
July 26, 2006
Haifa, Israel (CNSNews.com) - The four United Nations peacekeepers killed in an Israeli attack on their outpost were required to stay at that post "until they were ordered by the [U.N.] secretary general to withdraw," said a member of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization on Wednesday.
The UN and especially Kofi Annan need to be suspended/terminated until further notice! (note to Kofi: Get the "peacekeepers" the hell out of there you idiot. In case you didn't notice, there's a war going on..........) Sincere prayers for the familys that lost their loved ones in this preventable travesty.