Wednesday, July 12, 2006

2 more

It will be interesting to see how the world reacts to the two soldiers recently captured by Hezbollah. According to the "international community" the Palestinians have at least some justification, Israel is occupying Palestinian land. But according to the same community, including the UN, Israel isn't on any Lebanese land. Shebaa farms, which Hezbollah claims is Lebanese, is really Syrian, even according to the UN...

United States:
"Hezbollah's action undermines regional stability and goes against the interests of both the Israeli and Lebanese people" -Condoleeze Rice

Irresponsible new escalation" and urged their unconditional release. -Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner

We condemn this morning's infiltration and rocket attacks by Hezbollah on northern Israel," said a statement by Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells. "We are particularly concerned by reports that Israeli soldiers may have been kidnapped or killed"

"I understand the anger of the Israelis," Koizumi said in joint press conference after his talks with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "But I hope you will not seek an eye for an eye and keep in mind the importance of peace." --Japan's Prime Minister (I guess we'll see if they launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea)

"I condemn the rocket strikes this morning on the town of Kiryat Shmona. I also condemn the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers and I ask for their immediate and unconditional release" --French Foreign Minister

The French added some stuff about a "cycle of violence" where "civilians" would be the "first casualties." The usual drivel. But we'll see how they change their statements over the next few weeks.