Skip to comments.Despite Joint Statement on Mideast, Strains Emerge as U.S. Supports Israel’s Campaign
Posted on 07/16/2006 9:07:22 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
The Bush administration on Sunday appeared to give Israel tacit approval to cripple Hezbollah, casting the widening conflict in the Middle East in terms of a wider war on terrorism.
That was a central theme of both public and private statements from senior United States officials, even as President Bush and his aides issued a statement that included a call for restraint in Israels attacks on Lebanon. They were trying their best to minimize differences with European nations and their Russian hosts at the opening of the annual summit meeting of the Group of 8 industrialized nations here.
But the strains were clear as different leaders offered their interpretations of the statement drafted at the summit meeting that said, in an apparent allusion to Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian supporters, These extremist elements and those that support them cannot be allowed to plunge the Middle East into chaos.
President Jacques Chirac of France characterized the statement issued here as a call for a cease-fire a word the Bush administration has sidestepped at every turn over the last few days. The host of the summit meeting, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, told reporters that we do get the impression that the aims of Israel go beyond just recovering their kidnapped soldiers.
Talking to reporters here on Sunday evening, R. Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, acknowledged that the statement does not present any specific order for steps to solve the crisis; rather, he said, it presumes that Israel will stand down only after Hezbollah and Hamas stop shelling Israeli towns and release captured soldiers.
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And, what is the point??
Is the headline an editorial, or a news story? /s
Damn you NYSlimes!
With the obvious quality problems demonstrated by the NY Times reporting, I think we should be friends to our eyes and minds by simply ignoring them. If you rob a liberal of their visibility you have dealt them a fatal blow.
Do they have a Traitor Times like Newspaper in Israel?
If so will they telegraph the moves Israel makes?
Translated: "The fact that the other countries agree with George Bush pisses us off."
"Damn you NYSlimes!"
Do I hear a "DITTO" ?
"Translated: "The fact that the other countries agree with George Bush pisses us off."
The knock-kneed staff at the NY Times is shaking in fear that the *liberal* application of force by the U.S., our allies, and especially Israel will bring peace to the Middle-East...a result that they only want when a Democrat is in power.
The very concept of President Bush bringing about Middle-Eastern peace fills them with dread.
Here's my vote for the proposition that NYT should not be quoted on FR.
This is the caption the NYSlimes used on the picture of Pres. Bush in the article. They're just so transparent; whining because there's really no way to sanitize the terrorist actions of Hezbolla and Hamas or somehow make it Pres. Bush's fault, and they know it. Losers.
LOL...I think you've just nailed it.
"The host of the summit meeting, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, told reporters that we do get the impression that the aims of Israel go beyond just recovering their kidnapped soldiers."
Hypocrite. He did far far worse in Chechnya, war crimes that nobody will mention, well, because we are all too polite to him.
On February 5, 2000, Russian forces engaged in widespread killing, arson, rape and looting in Aldi. The victims included an eighty-two-year-old woman, and a one-year-old-boy with his twenty-nine-year-old mother, who was eight months pregnant. The 46-page report criticizes the failure of the Russian authorities to undertake a credible investigation into the massacre and provide adequate protection for witnesses.
Human Rights Watch previously documented the events in Aldi in a February 23 press release, but the new report documents in detail the killings of forty of the victims, along with six cases of rape, and the widespread arson and looting of civilian homes.
On February 5, 2000, Russian riot police and contract soldiers entered Aldi and went from house to house executing civilians. Some killings were accompanied by demands for money or jewelry, serving as a pretext for execution if the amount was insufficient. Others victims lacked identity papers. Several witnesses stated that the soldiers forcibly removed the victims' gold teeth or stole jewelry from corpses.
Despite the great cultural stigma attached to rape in Chechnya's predominantly Muslim communities, second-hand reports of the rape of women by Russian soldiers in Aldi on February 5 have surfaced. Several women spoke to Human Rights Watch researchers about six cases of rape. This suggests that the actual number of incidents could be many more. In one incident, soldiers reportedly gang-raped four women and strangled three of them, leaving the fourth for dead.
Russian soldiers torched many homes of Chechen civilians in Aldi. While soldiers engaged in some pillage on February 5, the pillage on a massive scale took place during the following week. Witnesses stated that soldiers returned in large numbers on February 10 and in broad daylight brazenly stripped their homes of valuables.
Because the Russian government has shown a clear lack of political will to vigorously investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the Aldi massacre, a national commission of inquiry is likely to be inadequate. Several witnesses told Human Rights Watch that they had withheld information from Russian investigators in Aldi for fear of reprisals.
"Only an international commission of inquiry could enjoy the trust of eyewitnesses and of victims' relatives," said Cartner. "Until such an international commission is formed, with the ability to recommend prosecutions, it's not likely that those who are guilty of the Aldi atrocities will ever be punished."
I WHOLE heartedly agree with you.
"appeared to give", "in an apparent allusion to", "seemed to struggle"
And that's not even the whole "news article".
I will srongly support your proposition. Ban the Slimes!
BTW, has anyone been able to get the Jerusalem Post online lately? I haven't. Here in Tiny Town Texas with a squirrel cage generator for dialups, things get mighty iffy...
I've been diligently following the story in the Jerusalem Post all day.
Someone from Israel in one of the "Talkback" comments on the Jerusalem Post site said that "Haaretz" is their version.