Sunday, July 23, 2006

This is sickening...

I don't know what's more sickening: the fact that the US is so blatantly and unilaterally supporting Israel in its war against Lebanon, or the fact that these "precision-guided bombs" that are supposed to "minimize harm to civilians" have already killed more than 300 people in Lebanon.

Here is the source:

The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing U.S. officials who spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity, the Times said the decision to ship the weapons quickly came after relatively little debate within the administration, and noted in its report that its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others who could perceive Washington as aiding Israel in the manner that Iran has armed Hezbollah.

The munitions are actually part of a multimillion-dollar arms-sale package approved last year which Israel is able to tap when it needs to, the officials told the Times. But some military officers said the request for expedited delivery was unusual and indicated that Israel has many targets it plans to hit in Lebanon. The arms shipment has not been announced publicly. The officials who described the administration's decision to rush the munitions included employees of two government agencies, one of whom described the shipment as just one example of a broad array of armaments that the United States has long provided Israel, the Times said.


Pentagon and military officials declined to describe in detail the size and contents of the shipment to Israel, the newspaper said, and they would not say whether the munitions were being shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means. But one U.S. official said the shipment should not be compared to the kind of an "emergency resupply" of dwindling Israeli stockpiles that was provided during the Yom Kippur War, according to the Times report.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington told the Times: "We have been using precision-guided munitions in order to neutralize the military capabilities of Hezbollah and to minimize harm to civilians. As a rule, however, we do not comment on Israel's defense acquisitions."

7 comments:

nzm said...

Did you also read this?

"You have one more week to blast Hizbullah"

It might be ok if they were targetting Hezbollah, but they're killing Lebanese citizens.

Anonymous said...

Hezbollah started this Lebanon did nothing about it.

Israel took a stand.

Its called a war people get hurt even civilians.

But they brought it on themselves.

I for one admire Israel for standing up.

Ken

Anonymous said...

Is it madness or systematic genocide? Murder is obscene,ugly.We are in 2006 and we call ourselves civilized,what an ugly joke on ALL of us humans.I do not admire murder.I am sickened.

Anonymous said...

I am waiting to hear "it is sickening that these Jews are being split in half by the Hezbollah rockets"...I won't hold my breath.

Hey MOE, I hope you stay out of the US of A with your camel dung.

vtpoet said...

Hi Dubai Sunshine,

The whole mess is sad, sad, sad. What a shame. The death of the civilians really *is* tragic. Even with its precision guided bombs, the precision is only as precise as the bomber-- which is to say: we end up with precision mistakes.

I'm glad to see that some Arab nations are beginning to put pressure on Syria (and hopefully Iran). These are bad players.

You can be sure that Syria & Iran are presently supplying Hezbollah with munitions. Iran's elite guard is said to have helped (and may still be helping) Hezbollah launch its missiles. To complain about the US supporting & selling missiles to Israel without also holding Iran and Syria up to derision is hypocritical.

I don't doubt for a minute that if Hezbollah could kill an equal number of Israeli citizens, they would do so.

Anonymous said...

la illaha illa allah

BuJ said...

Dubai sunshine.. totally agree with you.. this is total crap.. and what is more insulting is this assumption that the world is stupid and just taking what has been fed to us.

I have read two things on the bbc now which made me angry.. first is that the ISraeli PM is conscious about lebanese civilian deaths yet he has managed to kill 400 of them via his stupid IDF that does not defend but attack most of the time.. secondly.. why is the Dr Rice trip taken as a "surprise" trip? no surprise here guys! there's a war and her job is to go there to calm down people and yet allow israel to literally get away with murder.

this is disgusting.