Skip to comments.No End To Fighting As Rice Tours Middle East
Posted on 07/24/2006 6:10:09 PM PDT by blam
No end to fighting as Rice tours Middle East
By Patrick Bishop and George Jones, Political Editor
Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel last night with no sign that America's belated diplomatic intervention would bring an early end to the violence in Lebanon.
The US secretary of state had earlier visited Beirut where she said she was "deeply concerned" by the plight of the Lebanese people who have been suffering the consequences of two weeks of Israeli attacks.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora greets Condoleezza Rice
The White House announced that it was sending helicopters and ships to provide humanitarian aid to Lebanon, where at least 320 people, the great majority of them civilians, have been killed and many more wounded. The Lebanese government estimates that 750,000 have been driven from their homes.
But President George W Bush continued to resist pressure to call for a ceasefire, which his press secretary Tony Snow said would be a "fool's errand".
Miss Rice said that the need for the fighting to stop was "urgent" but that her mission was to work for a truce that was "sustainable".
She told Lebanese leaders that Hizbollah would have to release two captured Israeli soldiers and pull back 12 miles from the border before there could be any ceasefire. The tough conditions are unlikely to be met and the US position effectively leaves the way open to Israel to continue its air and land operations.
While offering assistance to Lebanon, America is also speeding up delivery of a consignment of satellite and laser-guided bombs to Israel.
Reports in America and the Middle East said that about 100 deep-penetration bombs were on their way for use against shelters where Hizbollah leaders were thought to be hiding.
Tony Blair claimed that an international peace plan could be drawn up within days as he bowed to calls to step up efforts for an diplomatic solution. He described what was happening in Lebanon as "a catastrophe" but said that innocent Israelis had been killed too. So far 37 Israelis have died.
The Government is hoping for progress at a meeting in Rome tomorrow which will be attended by Miss Rice and many of the major players in the crisis. The Blair plan includes an end to bomb and rocket attacks, the return of the captured soldiers and the deployment of an international force along Lebanon's southern border.
Heavy fighting continued just inside the border as Israeli tanks and ground troops tried to wrest control of the town of Bint Jbeil from Hizbollah.
Condi's come closer to real action, more often, than Kerry ever did in 'Nam.
C'mon Condi. You're a very smart lady. I'm sure you know the history of the Middle East forwards and backwards and much better than I.
And yet you feel you can work out a truce that's "sustainable?" Sustainable for how long? Long enough to let the radical muzzies regroup and rearm?
Face it. This has been going on for hundreds of years. And it will continue to go on for hundreds of years. Unless there is a clean cut. Muzzies gotta die, it's just that simple. They're like a cancer. They'll always come back unless all of them are destroyed. They are taught from birth to KILL THE INFIDELS. It's in their very nature.
With enormous amounts of respect to you, I doubt you'll have any more luck than the many before you that tried to tame the muzzie beast.
Go Israel. Kick muzzie butt!
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