A quick look at reactions around the world:
THE EUROPEAN UNION criticized Israel for using “disproportionate” force in its attacks on Lebanon. The EU also called Israel’s naval blockade cutting off supply routes to Lebanon unjustified.
EGYPT warned that the violence could engulf the entire region in conflict and called on all sides to avoid “being dragged into a new cycle of violence and counterviolence.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Nothing new there, except the “disproportionate” mantra, which has obviously replaced the “Israel must use restraint” mantra. Say, has anyone ever told Russia that their actions in Chechnya were “disproportionate” force? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
IRAN’S PRESIDENT warned Israel against extending its offensive in Lebanon to neighboring Syria, saying such a move would be regarded as an attack on the whole Islamic world and be met with a “crushing response,” the official Iranian news agency said today.
“If the occupying regime of Jerusalem attacks Syria, it will be equivalent to an attack on the whole Islamic world and the regime [Israel] will face a crushing response,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by IRNA. The Iranian leader called on Muslim countries to create a united front against Israel.
He’s putting himself in a very precarious position. If Israel does attack Syria, Iran is going to have to use more than words, since the country signed some kind of mutual-aggression pact and put Syria under its “protection.” And oh, by the way, Gorilla Boy? STFU. Your missiles are landing on Israelis and killing them. Your country is responsible for shedding Israeli blood. Your country is the one Israel should be bombing, and that may well happen, once Hezbullah is taken care of. The proxy war is on, and Iranian Revolutionary Guards are murdering Israeli civilians.
SAUDI ARABIA, the Arab world’s political heavyweight and economic powerhouse, accused Hezbollah guerrillas — without naming them — of “uncalculated adventures” that precipitated the latest Middle East crisis.
Wow, Sunnis really, really hate Shias. Saudi Arabia is no fool, though. It’s on Iran’s list, and the royal thieves know it.
AT THE UNITED NATIONS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was “deeply alarmed” by the escalating violence. Lebanon asked the U.N. Security Council to demand a cease-fire.
We should probably start numbering Kofi’s statements. “Concerned,” “Alarmed,” “Deeply Alarmed,” and “Downright Unhappy.” Okay, so he uses the first three but not the last. We can add our own, including “Useless Tool.”
RUSSIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER, Sergei Lavrov, said, “This is a disproportionate response to what has happened, and if both sides are going to drive each other into a tight corner, then I think that all this will develop in a very dramatic and tragic way.”
Once again, Chechnya. Chechnya. Chechnya, you bloodthirsty, hypocritical bastards. And by the way, you still owe Israel for those effing Protocols, so shut up.
PRESIDENT BUSH backed the Israeli action. “Israel has a right to defend herself,” he said at a news conference in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Every nation must defend herself against terrorist attacks and the killing of innocent life.”
U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE told reporters, “We just continue to ask that the Israelis exercise restraint, be concerned about civilian casualties, be concerned of course about civilian infrastructure.”
Israel is always concerned about the above. But terrorists use the civilian infrastructures, which is why South Beirut was bombed last night. That’s where Hezbullah lives.