Sunday, July 23, 2006

12th Day of the War in Lebanon

We are entering the 12th day of the war. A few questions have been bouncing around in my mind:

1. Is President Bush doing everything he can to resolve the crisis?

2. What is Israel's plan?

3. When will this war wind down?

4. What will we do if it doesn't?

It's hard to know what's going to happen. Israel seems to be the one keeping it going, although Hezbollah militants are fighting back and launching rockets at Israel. But at this point in the conflict, it's starting to get blurry about who started what and where the lines are. The best time to stop a war like this is in its infancy. We must end the hostilities now. Bush is sending Condi Rice to the region to press for.... not a ceasefire. That's right folks: a ceasefire is not on the agenda. Some are saying the war has been "approved" by the U.S. for another week.

It doesn't seem to be on Israel's agenda either. They have apparently been calling (automatically, using a recording) Lebanese citizens and telling them to vacate the region south of the Litani River.

This war will continue because it is beneficial to certain parties. Not the Lebanese civilians under fire. But "certain parties" in the U.S. and in Israel. Will they end what they have begun?



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