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    correctomundo:

    former important person stating the obvious, so obviously it must be blogged:

    Richard Debs, former President of Morgan Stanley International and former Chair of the Board of the American University of Beirut: And not just Israel. In the Middle East, it's now considered the American war against the Arabs. That's what it's gotten down to. And this is going to haunt us for many, many years, I think. I don't see why we took this position blatantly. I mean, there's no doubt about it. It's not subtle. It's not diplomatic or anything. The President says it over and over, and our Secretary of State says it over and over: we do not want a ceasefire, we will not press for a ceasefire, until certain conditions are met.

    And this has been going on, as you know, for many weeks. In the meanwhile, every day more people are killed on both sides. And Iím sure the Lebanese dead count is going to exceed a thousand people easily by the time this is over, not to mention those who are wounded, but more importantly, those who are left behind. Those who are left behind, the refugees who have left their towns and villages, those who have received them in northern Lebanon -- the economy is just devastated -- those people are alive and will be around for a long time. And they won't forget this American position of not wanting to stop the violence and the killing until Israel achieved its objectives.

    But who cares about little things like a highly mobilized, interconnected Shi'a population of 1 million souls holding a collective grudge against the United States? Certainly nobody running this country... or running to run this country, for that matter. Hell, that's just insurance for the next election.

    Debs also talks about The American Task Force for Lebanon. He says "the kidnapping itself was the first move", which, I'm afraid, he's quite mistaken. And: "the whole country has about seven days left of fuel. They're going to run out in seven days. No trucks are coming in. There's no relief there. The hospital itself has power for only ten hours a day, maximum.".


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-08-09 13:18:09 CST | link





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