UPDATE and bump: 4:00 p.m. CST ~ Israel has pasted the airport a second time for good measure.

Israel attacked Beirut’s airport for a second time Thursday, with helicopter gunships unleashing missiles that set fuel tanks ablaze at Lebanon’s only international air facility, Lebanese security officials said.

while in New York:

The United States cast the first U.N. Security Council veto in nearly two years Thursday, blocking an Arab-backed resolution that would have demanded Israel halt its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

…and then, in Iraq, it appears the Jooz are to blame for the mayhem in the markets, the beheadings ~ all the stuff we thought the insurgents were doing. Says who, you ask? Why no less than the speaker of Parliament.

The speaker of parliament Thursday accused “Jews” of financing acts of violence in Iraq in order to discredit Islamists who control the parliament and government so they can install their “agents” in power.
Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani hinted that the Americans and Israelis did not want to see officials of Sunni and Shiite parties running Iraq because “this is not their agenda.”
“They will say that we brought you in a democratic way to the government but you are sectarian people. One of you is killing the other and you don’t deserve to become leaders because you are war lords,” al-Mashhadani told reporters after a parliament meeting.
Al-Mashhadani is a member of the Sunni Muslim Iraqi Accordance Front while Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member of the Shiite Dawa party.
“Some people say, `We saw you beheading, kidnappings and killing. In the end we even started kidnapping women who are our honor,'” al-Mashhadani said. “These acts are not the work of Iraqis. I am sure that he who does this is a Jew and the son of a Jew.”

These people are whack jobs. That ALSO means Zarqawi was an ISRAELI AGENT!! Now that’s twisted ~ he shoulda though this out a little before he shot off his yap. But since they don’t seem to be real on top of ‘reason‘ as a general rule, I can’t see them wasting time on ‘connect the dots’.
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The AP is reporting Israel is not ruling out ground operations in Lebanon.
Great. At least the German Chancellor pointed out in this morning’s rush to crack on the Israelis that Hezzbollah and Hamas…

“The attacks did not start from the Israeli side, but from Hezbollah’s side,” she said.

…brought that sh*t on themselves.

Merkel appealed for restraint from both sides in the Mideast. But she suggested they do not share equal blame, repeatedly noting that the violence began with the kidnapping.
I think that one needs to be careful to make a distinction between the root causes and the consequences of something,” she said.

She’s about the only one, though.
As far as Lebanon’s Sgt. Schulz act?

Hezbollah fighters operate with almost total autonomy in southern Lebanon, and the government has no control over their actions. But Lebanon has long resisted international pressure to disarm the group.

UPDATE: Cheerful Hezbollah campaign videos. (The feed’s hurky-jerky, but you’ll get the idea.) The music’s pretty snappy ~ makes you want to dance…unless you’re actually watching what’s on the screen ~ beatific mullahs accepting guns and offering them to the sky in perverted thanks, artillery pieces firing…the Lebanese flag with it’s famed cedar sideways…
A Swill Salute to Harry’s Place.

5 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS”

  1. Matt says:

    The middle east will not be safe until Israel occupies Southern Lebanon and the entirity of Palestine and kicks all of the Arabs to other Arab countries.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Right you are, Matt.
    Or the Palestinians grow up.
    Oh, never mind….

  3. gregdn says:

    I also saw that comment by the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament. Certainly worth 2500 troops and half a trillion dollars…

  4. A warm Swill welcome, Matt and gregdn! I will admit the speaker’s comments ARE disheartening, but I wouldn’t paint the whole of the parliament with his brush. Or despair of the sacrifice our military has made. He simply has the forum ~ and the moment ~ to be stupid and show his colors. The telling thing will be how they _ Maliki , et al ~ address his words. Will there be condemnation, as there should be? Trent Lott, for example, paid a heavy price here for far less.

  5. Unfortunately, I think that kicking all of the Arabs to other countries is not going to help in the long term and may make it worse. I think it’s going to take a complete destruction of the “kill the infidels” culture, with concurrent killing of a lot of youn Arab men to drive the point home. I would like to think otherwise but I am not optimistic.
    I think it is appropriate to point out that one nice thing about the German and Japanese cultures, as losers in the most horrible war in history, was that the people were used to obeying the government. That helped a lot when the governments admitted defeat. Unfortunately, I don’t know that the Islamofreak leaders will ever admit defeat, or than any others will obey them if they did. Sad, that.
    One blogger (I don’t remember who, but I wish I did) has said it should be the policy of the U.S. to destroy one despotic government every two years. We’re way behind schedule.
    BTW, I’m three beers in on an empty stomach so if this post makes no sense, you know why. Work sucked today.

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