The IDF is closing in

Israeli's have sealed off a region considered a stronghold for Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.

AP has the latest story, with of course, its famous omissions and slants.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Israel on the second leg of a Middle East tour, maintained the Bush administration's position that a cease-fire must come with conditions that make an enduring peace, saying the time has come for an urgent end to the violence hanging over the region.

"I have no doubt there are those who wish to strangle a democratic and sovereign Lebanon in its crib," Rice said before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem. "We, of course, also urgently want to end the violence."

I guess they just completely forgot to insert that Secretary Rice said the U.S. would only call for a cease fire after Hezbollah returned the Israeli soldiers to Israel. An honest mistake, I'm sure.

Let's hope Israel truly deals a crushing blow to this terrorist outfit. It would inevitably be felt by Iran and Syria. This business of terror must be crippled once and for all, and I, for one, think that Israel is more than capable of such a thing.

What also remains to be seen is whether or not Secty Rice used the term Lebanon's "crib" in an MTV manner or in its literal meaning.

Here's the rest of the AP story.

Posted by Portia at July 25, 2006 06:18 AM | TrackBack

The "crib" is getting a bunch of holes. I heard the comment last night that that area has been going through a 3 month drought, so expect to see more fires and dislocated people struggling to find potable water.

Speaking of hot, I'm curious to hear how you have been dealing with the Ca. heat wave and the rolling brownouts/power loss. Nobody wants a power plant in their backyard, but they surely want the air conditioning 24/7.

Posted by: Marc V at July 25, 2006 08:18 AM

Since Portia is at work, I'll answer for her: it's HOT and HUMID! We've been dealing with it by having our a/c on 24/7. I shudder to see the bill next month. According the National Weather Service the hi was 106 today with 38% humidity. Part of the problem is the valley we live in; those who live over the hill in L.A., Westwood, Culver City, etc., have it at least 10 degrees cooler. It's now cooling off here and in the high 90's.

The neighborhood up the street had a rolling brown-out, but so far we haven't. We don't run our d/w, washing machine or dryer at the same time, and we wait until evening to run them when it's about 1 degree cooler. :)

Posted by: Dee at July 25, 2006 02:55 PM