||[Aug. 7th, 2006|02:37 pm]
I found this article via google search after an article I was reading attributed to the military effectiveness of Hezbollah, specifically that they are well trained in the use of rocket launchers that penetrate Israeli armor. That was rather surprising, not because they have the weapons or are trained in them, but specifically because I hadn't heard about it before. Well, apparently the official reports of Israeli casualties are about 50 or so, including tank crews.
The thing that made this article chilling, however, came at the very end. While everybody is watching Lebanon, Israel is still hard at work elsewhere. They've arrested Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian Parliament, from within the West Bank. That puts the total of Palestinian MPs held by Israel at more than 40. Most, but not all of them, are from Hamas. No reasons have been given.
Now, it's been pretty clear from the beginning that Israel's invasion of Gaza was a blatant attempt to sabotage Palestine (After all, we're not hearing much about that captured soldier anymore, are we? Or those taken on the Lebanese border, for that matter.). But this is extreme. This is a direct attack upon the democratic processes of another country, and if the US was serious about promoting democracy in the world rather than making Israel the sovereign power of the middle East they'd do something about it.
Oh, and Lebanon doesn't agree to the cease fire plan the US is proposing? The one that has Israeli troops occupying southern Lebanon until an international force is deployed? Well, that's a BIG FUCKING SURPRISE. "Gee, we didn't want that land anyway, lets just give it back to the aggressive nation that occuppied it for twenty years. Our people won't mind that they won't be allowed to exercise basic civil rights, and are treated , we're sure it's all for the best."
I think that's enough for now.