Cloaked by the cease fire:
Lebanese fatalities are still on the rise. The casualty figures as of 29 August from unexploded cluster bombs and other ordnance rose to 59 people, including 13 killed and 46 injured.
Up to 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets remain in South Lebanon.
90 percent of all cluster bomb strikes occurred during the last 72 hours of the conflict as a good-will-gesture on the part of the Israelis.
Cluster bombs were shipped to Israel during the conflict from the United States of America. But, unsurprisingly, the USA is now investigating the immoral use of these bombs against Lebanon.
The all-loving, all-caring, democracy-promoting, new-Middle-East-delivering and anti-Semitic-terminating cluster bombs will be with us for many, many months, possibly for years. They will be bringing peace to lots of homes, lots of farmland, lots of commercial businesses and shops. The people who will be maimed, wounded and killed are just part of Rice’s new-Middle-East birth pangs. So its okay.
Meanwhile the “cease fire” in the Israeli-Lebanese war is still “officially” respected by the warring parties although the land, air and sea blockade continues.
Let’s give Bush & Co a big group hug.
See how homely and serene Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon have become.