Saturday, July 22, 2006

Israel/Lebanon War Updates

Updated throughout the day.

- Israel is targeting journalists again.

Israeli airstrikes destroyed at least six transmission towers north of Beirut, a Lebanese government official and Arab media reported. The attacks disrupted television and phone service, including cell phones, throughout north Lebanon.

One Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. employee was killed and another wounded during the strikes, according to the LBC.

The IDF justified the attacks by saying that the television stations were spreading propaganda. Does that mean Hezbollah would now be justified in taking out Israeli television stations as well? In war, the first victim is the truth. (Kipling)

The indiscriminate use of artillery is a direct violation of the Geneva Conventions, which state (Part IV, Article 48):combatants “shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants, between civilian objects and military objectives and, accordingly, shall direct their operations only against military objectives.”

- While Bush is busy threatening Syria and Iran for their support of Hezbollah, the US is sending a rush delivery of bombs to Israel. Those who would claim that there's a difference between Syrian or Iranian support for terrorists and US support for the IDF ought to keep in mind that Israel is practicing collective punishment against the Lebanese citizens.

- Via 'Israel set war plan more than a year ago; Strategy was put in motion as Hezbollah began increasing its military strength'

More than a year ago, a senior Israeli army officer began giving PowerPoint presentations, on an off-the-record basis, to U.S. and other diplomats, journalists and think tanks, setting out the plan for the current operation in revealing detail. Under the ground rules of the briefings, the officer could not be identified.

In his talks, the officer described a three-week campaign: The first week concentrated on destroying Hezbollah's heavier long-range missiles, bombing its command-and-control centers, and disrupting transportation and communication arteries. In the second week, the focus shifted to attacks on individual sites of rocket launchers or weapons stores. In the third week, ground forces in large numbers would be introduced, but only in order to knock out targets discovered during reconnaissance missions as the campaign unfolded. There was no plan, according to this scenario, to reoccupy southern Lebanon on a long-term basis.

more to come...

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