I really wish Israel would cease its war on Lebanon and the Lebanese people; today tanks and soldiers crossed the border after days of massive bombing. Hundreds of civilians are dead. I wish the international community would stand up and stop this naked act of agression -- I remember we got our panties in a bunch about that Hussein guy who went over the border into Kuwait in 1991 -- but I fear its America that's standing in the way of justice. We're the bully behind the bully.
I can only hope that us NY Times-reading, NPR-listening Americans are getting inadequate coverage of how the bombings are playing outside of Peoria. While the NY Times seems squarely in Israel's corner -- "With Israeli Use of Force, Question Over Proportion" -- the UK's Guardian has a bigger perspective, with headlines like "Conflict Drives Lebanon Back Into Syria's Hands," and "US to Israel: You Have One More Week to Blast Hizbullah."
Meanwhile, the International Red Cross' director is telling the press, "The high number of civilian casualties and the extent of damage to essential public infrastructure raise serious questions regarding respect for the principle of proportionality in the conduct of hostilities." Laila updated casualty numbers earlier today, which I'm sure have changed since this morning.
With all this bad (truly awful) stuff going on, it's hard to imagine that people are still blogging, but I'm glad they are. Me, I joined 67,000+ others and signed this online petition. It's not much, but at least it's something.