2006-08-01

Analysis: Bush Mideast Stance May Flop [1]
… Mehdi Noorbaksh, associate professor of international affairs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, said the United States miscalculated on two grounds in its stance on the Israel-Hezbollah violence.
“Buying time for the Israelis” allowed violence against Lebanese citizens to rise and turned the tide of world opinion against both Israel and the United States, he said. At the same time, the U.S. position helped fan support across the Arab world for Hezbollah. …

The Google Maps Mania Blog directs us to a KML file that geographically documents events that have taken place in the past week on both sides of the Israel – Lebanon border.

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Google Map of Israel Lebanon Conflict (using KML) [2]
Viewed in GoogleEarth

Interesting work by Kathryn Cramer using GoogleEarth and Photoshop to Speculate on where Israel will attack on the ground [3]

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“Israeli Forces Push Through Lebanon Border” (from Lebanon looking towards Israel) [4]

Bush links fighting to war on terror [5]
… Rice’s maneuvering highlights the deepening crisis in which she now finds herself – by far the biggest in her tenure as America’s top diplomat. By refusing to call for an immediate cease-fire, even in the face of the Qana bombing, Rice was teetering on the edge of a public relations disaster, particularly in the Arab world. …

Mazen Kerbaj is a Beirut blogger who is posting illustrations and live improv as bombs drop;
mazen kerbaj’s blog (Blogger)
mazen kerbaj’s photos (flikr)

Rice turns up the heat on Israel [6]
… Leading US neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol reflected the view of many in the Administration, when he said that Israel and the US had underestimated Hezbollah’s strength and that both Israel and the US looked likely to be the losers in this conflict and Hezbollah and Iran the winners. …

[1.] Analysis: Bush Mideast Stance May Flop [Washington Post]
[2.] Google Map of Israel Lebanon Conflict (using KML) [Google Maps Mania]
[3.] Speculations on where Israel will attack on the ground [Kathryn Cramer]
[4.] “Israeli Forces Push Through Lebanon Border” (from Lebanon looking towards Israel) [flikr]
[5.] Bush links fighting to war on terror [International Herald Tribune]
[6.] Rice turns up the heat on Israel [The Age]
[7.] Day-by-day: Lebanon crisis – week three [BBC]

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