Morning Brief, Wednesday, July 19
Crisis in the Middle East Today has been the deadliest day of Israeli raids on Lebanon since the hostilities began a week ago, with 55 killed, pushing the death toll to over 300. Dozens of Hezbollah rockets hit northern Israel, with more than 70 fired in the space of an hour. Nine Palestinians are killed ...
Crisis in the Middle East
Crisis in the Middle East
Today has been the deadliest day of Israeli raids on Lebanon since the hostilities began a week ago, with 55 killed, pushing the death toll to over 300. Dozens of Hezbollah rockets hit northern Israel, with more than 70 fired in the space of an hour. Nine Palestinians are killed in Gaza and the West Bank. The U.S. is giving Israel more time to weaken Hezbollah before Condi travels to the region, a visit tentatively scheduled for Sunday.
One of the biggest surprises for the U.S. and Israel over the last week: the extent of Hezbollah's arsenal, full of sophisticated rockets many believe came from Iran. The speaker of Iran's parliament declared Israel to be a "filthy tumor" at an anti-Israel rally yesterday.
The debate over proportion rages: Israeli officials assert they are facing a regional threat, that they don't target civilians, and that intent matters. Many in Gaza and Lebanon see what they consider undue force and a double standard by the West.
Roger Cohen answers the question I've been stewing over for days: What would Sharon say? And Charles Krauthammer argues that this crisis offers an unparalleled opportunity to disarm Hezbollah – a group even other Arab states consider a threat – once and for all.
The road to a solution is therefore clear: Israel liberates south Lebanon and gives it back to the Lebanese.
Are you depressed yet? Consider this: the United Nations reports that an average of more than 100 civilians a day were killed in Iraq last month.
In its report, the United Nations said that 14,338 civilians had died violently in Iraq in the first six months of the year….
According to the report, 1,778 civilians were killed in January, 2,165 in February, 2,378 in March, 2,284 in April, 2,669 in May and 3,149 in June.
The totals represent an enormous increase over figures published by media organizations and by nongovernmental organizations that track these trends.
The last Japanese troops leave Iraq.
Indian authorities block Web sites, leading bloggers to charge censorship. Ugandan government negotiators walk out of peace talks in Sudan. Indonesian tsunami death toll passes 500. Arrests of Taliban fighters in Pakistan. And what the hell is this doing in modern Europe?
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