Sarah Palin is the “other” whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Friday - January 19, 2007

Always One In Every Crowd

Mike Lester - The Rome News-Tribune (GA)


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calendar   Friday - November 24, 2006

Exploding Grannies

The bad news is that several Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack. The good news is this crazy beeyatch won’t be breeding any more rug rats in addition to the 48 cockroaches she has already spawned. What makes this entertainment (sick though it may be) is that there is already a song for this broad - sung to a very familiar tune ....

Grandmother In First Hamas Suicide Attack In Two Years
JABALIYA, Gaza Strip (AFP) - Thu Nov 23, 2:26 PM ET

imageimageA Palestinian grandmother blew herself up in the Gaza Strip, lightly wounding three Israeli soldiers, in the first suicide attack claimed by Hamas in almost two years. The mother of nine and grandmother of 41 became the oldest Palestinian suicide bomber at the age of 57, selecting as her target troops operating near her northern Gaza home in Jabaliya, seeking to curb near-daily rocket attacks on

“Troops saw a woman approaching them in a suspicious manner and identified her carrying an explosive device,” an army spokeswoman said. “They then threw a stun grenade in her direction but she managed to blow herself up,” she added, adding that three soldiers were lightly hurt. Within minutes the armed wing of the Hamas claimed the bombing. This was the Islamist group’s first suicide attack since January 2005, when a bomber wounded seven Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

“The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades claims the martyr operation carried out by Fatima Omar Mahmud al-Najar, aged 57, in the middle of a group of Zionist soldiers,” an online statement said. The operation came two weeks after the radical faction threatened to resume suicide bombings in response to a botched Israeli shelling in the Gaza town of Beit Hanun that killed 19 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

Najar was shown in a clip from a pre-taped video message aired on mainstream television stations, wearing a Hamas bandana in addition to a white veil and carrying a heavy kalashnikov, fighter-style in her arms. “I am the martyr Fatima Najar from the town of Jabaliya. I work for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades and I sacrifice myself for God, the nation, the Al-Aqsa (mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest Muslim site),” she said.

Relatives said Najar left behind seven sons and two daughters, plus some 41 grandchildren, but insisted they were proud of her “martyrdom,” which daughter Azhar said was a direct response to the Beit Hanun shelling. “She did this operation in response to the Beit Hanun massacre. She was very moved by what happened,” said Azhar, speaking from the family home in Jabaliya where relatives came to congratulate Najar’s nearest and dearest.

Azhar also said her mother had taken part in a daring rescue operation, staged by Palestinian mothers and wives, who acted as human shields to free more than a dozen gunmen holed up in a Beit Hanun mosque on November 3. “We are really happy. It’s a big operation. She told us last night that she would do a suicide operation… We are proud,” said Zuheir, Najar’s 20-year-old son. “‘I don’t want anything, only to die a martyr.’ That’s what she said.”

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calendar   Monday - November 20, 2006

Bombs Away!

I don’t think “human shields” is quite the proper term for these retards. I prefer to use the term “targets of opportunity”. Fire when ready! Smack down a few thousand at one swipe. They’re breeding so fast in there that they’ll replace them in a week.

There are 1.4 million of these morons living in 200 square miles of desolation. Did you know the median age in this hellhole is only 15.4 years? Go look at the CIA World Factbook for Gaza Strip if you don’t believe me. Even more scary is the fact that there are 39.45 births per 1000 but only 3.8 deaths per 1000. They’re breeding new suicide bombers ten times faster than they’re blowing themselves up.

So I say ‘bombs away” to our friends in Israel. You do what you have to do. The UN will bitch but that’s one dog that has no teeth. We’ll consider it “population management”. If the loons can come up with smarmy sounding terms for bad things like calling killing babies “pro choice” then we need to come up with a few ourselves.

Gazans Gather To Foil Air Strike
GAZA STRIP (BBC) - Monday, 20 November 2006, 12:06 GMT

imageimageLarge numbers of Palestinians have converged on a home in Gaza belonging to a senior member of the ruling Palestinian militant group Hamas. The move follows reports the Israeli air force was about to attack it, but there has been no confirmation of this.

The Israeli army often orders people in out of their homes ahead of attacks. It says this is to avoid casualties. Similar action on Saturday caused Israel to call off an air strike on the home of another militant leader. The building is in Beit Lahiya, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Gaza says the owner of the two-floor house told him that the Israelis had warned him that they planned to attack his home. The air force often telephones a warning 10 minutes before a strike to give the occupants time to escape and keep down casualties, our correspondent says.

Mosques in Gaza have been calling on volunteers to assemble to protect the house. Our correspondent says there is a crowd in the street and young men with Hamas flags are sitting on the roof. “I came as a citizen because the danger is not a house of Hamas. The danger is to all the houses, and this is a simple message to strengthen national unity,” local Fatah leader Zuhdi Kilani told AP news agency.

On Saturday, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging an immediate end to all acts of violence by Israelis and Palestinians. Included in this were Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.

The measure also called on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to investigate the Israeli shelling of Beit Hanoun, which resulted in the deaths of 19 Palestinians earlier this month. Israeli forces have made regular incursions into Gaza and the West Bank following the capture of an Israeli soldier, Cpl Gilad Shalit, in a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants on 25 June.

About 400 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed in the attacks. Israel says that these raids are an attempt to stop rocket fire into Israel by Palestinian militants. Meanwhile, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says talks on a national unity government have been suspended. A leading Hamas representative has denied this.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/20/2006 at 08:31 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 03, 2006

The Nature Of The Enemy

How do you fight an enemy like this? Cowards, thugs and criminals - all of them. They have no respect for Islam or they wouldn’t hide in houses of worship. They have no respect for human life (except their own). Throw the women and children into the gunfire. It doesn’t matter to these barbarians - as long as they can get away with murder and survive to kill another day.

I have a solution for this kind of situation, straight out of the movie “Speed” .... shoot the hostage. Hollywood thought that was oh, so great for a movie plot. I wonder what the Liberals in LaLaLand will think when I say what should happen here is to shoot a few of the “human shields”? Eh? Don’t kill them. Just wing them in the arm or leg. Enough to put them on the ground and show them their own blood.

If the UN or Amnesia International complains, tell them to go piss up a rope. It would show the Hamas bastards that civilized people mean business and it would teach the Palestinians the “Rachel Corrie Lesson”. You have to fight fire with fire. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Forgive me for mangling metaphors but that’s the way it is. Just shoot the hostages. It’s the only way.

Hamas Urges Women, Children to Shield Gunmen in Mosque
Jerusalem ( - November 03, 2006

imageimageAt least a dozen Palestinian gunmen eluded Israeli capture in the Gaza Strip on Friday, first by taking refuge in a mosque and then by calling on women and children to shield them so they could escape.

Palestinians reported at least one women killed and a second was in critical condition after they were shot during the fray. The Israeli Army said its soldiers had fired only at armed gunmen, who were firing at them from within the crowd.

The standoff began on Thursday evening when some three dozen Palestinian gunmen—fleeing Israeli forces—took refuge in a mosque in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Gunmen and Israeli troops exchanged fire during the night and part of the mosque’s roof collapsed.

On Friday morning, Hamas radio put out a call for women and children to come to the mosque - to form a human shield around the gunmen so they could escape. The Israeli Army said Hamas knows that Israeli troops would not shoot at women and children.

About 3,000 protestors, most of them women, turned out to protect the gunmen—and the ploy worked. When soldiers searched the mosque later, it was empty, the army said.

This is not the first time that Palestinian gunmen have taken cover in religious buildings to escape Israeli forces. Four years ago, 200 armed Palestinians spent more than a month holed up in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

Israel has long accused Palestinian terrorist organizations of exploiting the civilian population by hiding weapons and launching rockets from within that population—using women and children as shields, essentially.

Major Tal Levram, aspokesman for the Israeli army’s southern command, told Cybercast News Service in a recent interview that the army had observed Palestinian rocket-launching squads sending boys as young as 14 years old to retrieve the launchers that were used to fire rockets at Israel.

- More at CNS News ...


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calendar   Tuesday - September 26, 2006

Starting Over

The Paleosimians recently got their butts whipped and you’d think they might want to lick their wounds and rethink their hatred of Israel. You would be wrong. The rocket attacks from Gaza have started all over again. They’re bringing in rockets and arms through the porous border with Egypt and starting the hellish attacks once more.

In the North, Hezbollocks is moving rockets and arms back into Paleosimian refugee camps in southern Lebanon and the Lebanese army can’t do a thing about it except stand back and watch.

What about the UN peacekeeping force with all those brave Fwench troops deployed to stop Hezbollocks, you ask? You have to be kidding me. They are not doing a damn thing to stop these vultures.

So things in the Middle East are back to square one. The Paleosimians and Hezbollocks are determined and will not stop until every last Israeli is dead. Make no mistake, this is organized genocide ... and the United Nations is completely incapable of stopping it. Even if they wanted to ....

imageimageSderot: Woman Soldier Hurt In Qassam Attack
SDEROT, Israel (Y-NET NEWS) - September 26, 2006 9:06AM

Two rockets fired by Palestinians in Gaza land in western Negev town at around 7:30 a.m.; woman moderately wounded in stomach from shrapnel, several others suffer from shock; attack causes power outage; Islamic Jihad claims responsibility

Two Qassam rockets fired by Palestinians in Gaza Tuesday morning landed in the western Negev town of Sderot. One rocket landed in Begin Square, where a woman soldier sustained moderate injuries to her stomach from shrapnel; several other people suffered from shock. The second rocket landed in the yard of a private home in the city but caused no injuries.

The blasts, which occurred at around 7:30 a.m., were especially loud, and the Red Dawn alert system was activated. The attack caused a power outage throughout the city.

The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, took responsibility for the attack. The organization reported that it fired Quds 3 rockets as “part of a series of the organization’s responses to the continuation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.” Sderot residents have repeatedly demanded that the government and IDF intensify the retaliation to Qassam attacks.

“It’s time that the government declare the place from which rockets are fired on a regular basis a ‘closed military zone’,” said Avi Farhan, a Gush Katif evacuee who is temporarily residing in Sderot.

“This situation cannot go on for long. Even prior to our evacuation (from Gaza) we warned that the mountain of rubble from our homes would be used by Palestinians to launch Qassams, and now a city in Israel is being bombarded on a daily basis from there.” Farhan said Sderot residents are fearful of what may come next.

“There is a feeling that state leaders are not really interested in what is going on here,” he said. “What’s most infuriating is that on Monday the government approved the lifting of the closure on Gaza and is permitting the Palestinians to enter Israel. This is a disgrace. This country has learned nothing from previous fiascos.”


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calendar   Friday - September 15, 2006

The Worlds Smallest Violin

I’m sorry but I can’t work up even an ounce of sympathy for these animals. For decades they have sent wave after wave of suicide bombers into Israel to blow up innocent men, women and children. They have actively supported terrorism around the world. They “elected” Yassir Arafat, a known butcher, as their leader then after him they gave their “government” to Hamas, a known terrorist organization. They declared an ”Intifada” in 2000 for no good reason, other than a desire to murder Jews. They danced in the streets when the Twin Towers fell. They have done everything in their power to offend civilized peoples everywhere and continued their barbaric behavior in spite of the fact that an overly generous world has poured millions of dollars in asssistance and aid to these ungrateful cretins.

Now they are on the verge of starvation, wallowing in self-pity .... and they want you and me to help them. I am sorry but my charitable spirit has left the building, may God have mercy on me. I can no longer tolerate this bunch and I wish them all a speedy death. Every single one of them. Does that sound like I am advocating genocide? I prefer to think of it as triage. Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands and let the “victim” die - so you can move on to help someone who has a chance of living ... or who has a better chance of living a useful life. There are too many innocent refugees around the world who need assistance and will accept any help they can get without planning to murder the good samaritan after he gives them a helping hand.

Yes, I am in a real bad damn mood today, mainly because I despise articles like this from the New York Times, trying to play on my sympathies and humanity in an attempt to generate pity ... and aid for these monsters. As long as the media keeps portraying them as victims, the madness will continue. It’s time to put away the worlds smallest violin. There just is no harmony in this tune ....

imageimageCut Off, Gazan Economy Nears Collapse
KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip (NEW YORK TIMES) - September 14, 2006

For the last week, Zidan Abu Reziq has been sleeping outside, next to his plantings on a small square of sand he expropriated. The Abu Reziqs, like many of the large, destitute refugee families in this shrapneled, tumbledown slum, need to plant to eat.

They took the land and planted it with vegetables, an investment of about $50, most of the money that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency gave them to buy school uniforms for the children.

Zidan’s wife, Tamam, admits her 51-year-old husband sleeps with his plants because he needs to protect their investment in the lawless chaos of Gaza, where his own small theft of land, 20 square yards that belongs to the government, is dwarfed by the huge expropriations by gangs and families and militia groups that have taken over much of the best land left behind when the Israelis pulled out their settlers a year ago.

It is difficult to exaggerate the economic collapse of Gaza, with the Palestinian Authority cut off from funds by Israel, the United States and the European Union after Hamas won the legislative elections on Jan. 25. Since then, the authority has paid most of its 73,000 employees here, nearly 40 percent of Gaza’s work force, only 1.5 months’ salary, resulting in a severe economic depression and growing signs of malnutrition, especially among the poorest children.

Few here are using the United Nations grants for school. The Abu Reziqs are carefully investing the rest of their relief money. More than $20 went straight to the local grocer, Tamam said, as a down payment on the credit extended to the family, which still owes more than $200. About $11 went to buy the ingredients, including two chickens, for the couscous dish that Tamam and her daughter, Fatma, 29, are making early this morning, kneading relief agency flour in big aluminum bowls, pouring in relief agency oil, rubbing the flour over a screen to get the right consistency.

The result will serve 15 people, Tamam said. “We want to feed the people who helped us with the land,” she said, and some of their neighbors, even worse off than they. Gaza’s situation has worsened since Palestinian gunmen, including those from Hamas, killed two Israeli soldiers and captured a third on June 25. Israel reinvaded Gaza, and has since killed more than 240 Palestinians, many of them in gun battles.

An Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s only electrical power plant means that most Gazans now get only 7 to 12 hours a day of electricity, at unpredictable hours, with running water largely dependent on electric pumps. Fishermen, now prevented from going more than a few hundred yards from shore by the Israeli Navy, are using hand-thrown nets from the beach to catch a few sprats and sardines.


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calendar   Sunday - August 06, 2006

Lights - Camera - Action!

Ever wonder how See-B.S. News gets that coverage of events in Paleswine? Especially all those action sequences of Pallies rioting, getting shot by Israeli soldiers and then carted off in a grieving funeral procession? Welcome to Pallywood - where actors, directors, makeup artists and script writers work hard every day to create sound bites for the Western media. You haven’t seen over-acting like this since William Shatner had trouble with Tribbles. Click the “Play” button and sit back and watch the show unfold ...

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/06/2006 at 02:41 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 01, 2006

Spin Zone

We’ve known for some time that most of the buildings in Arab countries are either baby food factories or orphanages. How else could so many children get killed, maimed or wounded by the constant wars. It’s kinda like watching World Cup soccer. You know, where one player steals the ball from another and the robbed player instantly falls to the ground writhing in agony, claiming he was fouled ... except in the Middle East it is a deadly game.

Arabs are always victims, especially those claiming to be “palestinians”, occupiers of a country that never was ... and never will be if they keep this up. Hezbollah is merely following Iran’s playbook, one that was written back in 1979. Back then the Iranians discovered that they could pretty much do as they pleased as long as they claimed to be victims of someone’s evil ... in that case, it was the Shah.

The United States made the biggest blunder in our history by allowing the Iranians to hold our embassy hostage for 444 days, thanks to the worst President we have ever had - Jimmy Carter. Nowadays, we are paying the price for the ineffective, wuss-out actions of Carter. Hezbollah and Iran are playing for the cameras. Welcome to the Spin Zone ....

Robert Ariail - The State (SC)

imageimageMilking It?
(EU REFERENDUM) - August 1, 2006

Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner.

In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda. And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do.

Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning’s newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.

The profession of photo-journalism thereby is sadly diminished by them, and the trust in those who took them and in those who carried them is misplaced. Truly, we are dealing with loathesome creatures.

- More on the miserable propaganda game being played by Hezbollah here ...


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calendar   Saturday - July 29, 2006

Weekend Editorial

Steve Darnell takes a close look at what is going on inside Palestine. It’s about ignorance, children and hatred ... which is never a good combination.

imageimagePalestinian Ignorance
by Steve Darnell
July 29, 2006

I was watching Fox News correspondent Dana Lewis reporting live from the Gaza Strip today.  As Lewis reported, young Palestinian children gleefully played in the streets behind him, while only a few blocks away, Hamas militants fought a running gun battle with Israeli troops.

Lewis reported that 50 Israeli tanks had rolled into northern Gaza early on Wednesday and that Israeli aircraft and artillery had fired on Palestinian militants, killing 14 persons, including a young girl.

Fox News online reports that “Eight of the 14 persons killed were suspected militants, including five from Hamas and three from Islamic Jihad.” Unfortunately this means that six of those killed were Palestinian civilians.

“This is a horrible situation, and we urge the international community to notice the continuing Israeli escalation in Gaza immediately,” Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat said. “I’m afraid these numbers are going to multiply if we continue to be the forgotten zone in this region.”

As Lewis reported live, ambulances sped past in the background, on their way to the gun battle to retrieve the wounded.  Or to rush armed militants to action, which is a typical Hamas and Hezbollah ploy.  All the while, Palestinian families calmly sat on their front porches watching the excitement unfold and watching their children run toward the gunfire.

It is unfortunate that six Palestinian civilians were killed and scores wounded in the Israeli attack.  It is also unfortunate that, as Mr. Erekat correctly predicts, “these numbers are going to multiply.” Past history shows that this will be the case.  But who is at fault here?  The Israelis or the Palestinians?  Hamas or the Israel Defense Forces?

Before the international press and those sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, like Saeb Erekat, condemn Israel for the civilian deaths, a few important questions need to be asked.

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calendar   Thursday - July 20, 2006

Air strikes, something the West does well

Victor Davis Hanson is always a good read. Now he says that the Islamofacists and paleswinians are pushing the West to the wall. Then what?

July 20, 2006
Patience is Wearing Thin
By Victor Davis Hanson

The conventional wisdom is that the United States is so tied down that it can’t do much about the rocket attacks on Israel, the blatant sponsorship of terrorists by Iran and Syria, or the Iranian nuclear program.

Oil prices are already sky-high. Any unilateral American action might disrupt tight global supplies. That would derail the economies of our Western allies and only further enrich enemies with windfall profits.

Trying to win hearts and minds for the fragile democracy in Iraq also means we can’t afford to offend Arab sensitivities elsewhere. And a lame-duck George Bush, low in the polls and facing uncertain congressional elections this fall, certainly doesn’t want to involve the American taxpayer with more costly commitments abroad.

But despite that sound conventional wisdom, an exasperated West is running out of choices in the Middle East.

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calendar   Wednesday - July 19, 2006

Middle East Poll

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calendar   Tuesday - July 18, 2006

The Deal’s Off

Gary Varvel - The Indianapolis Star-News

Ehud Olmert: We’ll Fight On Until Attacks End, Soldiers Returned
(HAARETZ.COM) - July 18, 2006

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated his conditions for an end to the military operation in Lebanon on Monday evening, saying that only when those three demands are met will Israel consider a cease-fire.

In his first public address since the start of Israel’s offensive in Lebanon last week, Olmert said a cease-fire would first require the return of the two soldiers whose abduction sparked the current conflict, an end to Hezbollah rocket attacks and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the shared border.

“Citizens of Israel, there are moments in the life of a nation, when it is compelled to look directly into the face of reality and say: no more,” he said. “And I say to everyone: no more. Israel will not be held hostage - not by terror gangs or by a terrorist authority or by any sovereign state,”

“There is nothing we want more than peace on all of our borders,” Olmert told the Knesset. But he said, “Israel will not agree to live with rockets fired on its citizens, he added. “Only a nation that can protect its freedom deserves it,” he stated.

Olmert said that Israel held the Lebanese government responsible for the abductions of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev last Wednesday, even if the government itself was not directly behind the kidnappings.

The prime minister also drew a parallel between the current operations in Gaza and Lebanon, saying that Israel was acting in self-defense on both fronts. Three weeks ago, Corporal Gilad Shalit was snatched from his base close to the Gaza border and has been held by Palestinian militants since.

He said that Israel has “no territorial dispute with our southern neighbors or our northern neighbors,” but warned that while “Israel did not ask for this confrontation,” it would “continue to fight with full force to stop terror” on both fronts.


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calendar   Monday - July 17, 2006

Quote Of The Day

“What they need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit.”

-- President Bush to Tony Blair, at G8 conference July 17

(There is a complete transcript of the conversation between Bush and Blair at Sky News Weblog with Adam Boulton. It’s a hoot and the comments from the readers will crack you up!


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calendar   Wednesday - July 12, 2006

Powder Keg

They didn’t learn their lesson in 1948. They still hadn’t been able to get a clue even after 1956, 1967 or 1973. Now they’re back at it again. Hamas, Hizbollah, Al Aqsa, Ali Baba and all the rest of the neolithic barbarians are pounding on Israel’s doors all over again. Every time they do this, they lose more land, people and credibility. Why do they persist? Because they’re freaking stupid.

Capturing an Israeli soldier just outside Gaza wasn’t enough. They just started launching rockets from within the West Bank and now terrorist groups have made incursions across the border with Lebanon, capturing two more Israeli soldiers. Of course, Iran and Syria are backing all this from behind the scenes. That’s a given. What can the US do? Probably not much for the time being, however the Sixth Fleet might just decide to wander across the Mediterranean and stand by just in case. This powder keg is going to blow wide open any day now. Stay tuned ...

imageimageIsrael Calls Hizbollah Capture
Of Soldiers Act Of War

Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:51am ET10

QASMIYEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed up to seven Israelis on Wednesday, in what Israel described as an act of war by Lebanon that would draw a “very painful” response. Israel mobilized a reserve infantry division and Hizbollah declared an all-out military alert.

Two Lebanese civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on a coastal bridge at Qasmiyeh. Four other bridges in the south were hit and five Lebanese were wounded, security sources said. The sources said the Israeli soldiers had been seized at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) across the border from Aita al-Shaab, some 15 km (nine miles) from the Mediterranean coast.

The Israeli army confirmed that two Israeli soldiers had been captured on the Lebanese frontier. Israeli ground forces crossed into Lebanon to hunt for the missing soldiers, Israeli Army Radio said. Hizbollah and the Lebanese authorities said there was no major incursion.

Traffic was thin on roads in the south amid sporadic Israeli shelling of border areas. An Israeli rocket hit a car carrying a crew from Lebanese New Television, wounding all three. Israeli troops have not struck deep into Lebanon since they withdrew from a southern border strip in 2000 after Hizbollah’s Shi’ite fighters waged an 18-year war of attrition against them.

“It is an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel in its sovereign territory,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said of Hizbollah’s action, threatening a “very painful and far-reaching” response. Israel is already engaged in an expanding military offensive in the Gaza Strip launched after Palestinian militants captured a soldier in a cross-border raid on June 25.

“Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the (Arab) prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance ... captured two Israeli soldiers at the border with occupied Palestine,” the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hizbollah said in a statement. “The two captives were transferred to a safe place,” it said, without stating what condition the captives were in.

A Lebanese political source said Hizbollah was willing to discuss swapping them for prisoners held in Israel. A Hizbollah spokesman refused comment. The group’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called a news conference for 5 p.m. (1400 GMT). In 2004 Hizbollah exchanged a kidnapped Israeli businessman and the bodies of three Israeli troops for more than 420 Arab prisoners. Israel now holds at least three Lebanese prisoners.

Hizbollah said it had destroyed an Israeli tank that had entered Lebanon. Al Jazeera television said a total of seven Israelis had been killed in Wednesday’s border violence. Olmert called a special cabinet session for 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) to discuss further military action.

- More on the expanding conflict from Reuters ...


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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