Friday, August 04, 2006

With Israel’s Destruction of Lebanon, Bush Now Irrelevant in Eyes of World

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said "It is a war of starvation launched by Israel against Lebanon," he said. "It is an aggression that has exceeded Israel's declared objectives. Israel has now decided to destroy Lebanon."

Does he not read get Israeli TV? This objective came from an Israeli military leader the same day of the Hezbollah kidnappings on July 12th. Israel's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, told Israel's Channel 10, "If the soldiers are not returned, we will turn Lebanon's clock back 20 years.”

Given the bombings of bridges in Northern Lebanon where is the Israeli war machine on its clock turning? How long does it take to rebuild $2 billion worth of infrastructure?

Meanwhile Condi Rice repeats her assertion a resolution is forthcoming in days for the nth time? And the resolution appears to be what the world, sans U.S., has called for from Day 1.

The world now feels like the average American last September. Appalled by what’s happening and amazed our government could be so ineffectual in stopping widespread human suffering. Bush made himself irrelevant for most Americans after Hurricane Katrina. We knew we couldn’t trust him to help the average citizen. The question is how much might we be hurt by his attention to his corporate and high dollar friends?

The same happens worldwide as people watch the appalling goings on in Lebanon. Not only will the Bush team abandon its own citizens in a time of crisis, it willingly has abandoned a whole country of 4.4 million people. All this so Israel can reduce the threat of 5,000 Hezbollah guerillas?

No, something much bigger and more sinister is happening. I would say ask Bush & Olmert but their in-transparent transparency precludes them from giving an honest accounting. Besides Bush is on vacation and we know how he doesn't like the tough questions when he is doing "hard work"!

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