Rhia, Lebanon was plunged again into poverty back somewhere in the 70's (Civil war 1975-1990. Check Israel's involvement, before and after). Since then, Israel's maintained the barriers to ensure they remain in poverty. Leaflets are useless, in fact, nothing more than a threat to come, if the people have no means of going anywhere, and anywhere they do go will be as dangerous a passage as staying put. The cease-fire is a joke-there is no real cease-fire, as Israel's announced just a limited cease-fire from the air, on the ground, the artillery are hitting the hills of south Lebanon. Israel also reserves the right to target what they deem as dangerous positions-from the air. I believe Isreal are targetting as much as Lebanon as possible, before diplomacy takes over.
Balladeer, I believe you are as biased. Granted, I am totally against Israel's actions, because I believe them to be wrong (see my input within this thread), not because I have a special affinity with "the other side." I'm not on a side, because although I can understand retaliation, I don't support it, as I've already said. Maybe one day, when the fire of righteousness has died down a little for you, you might just see beyond your side.
ps, Denise, what of Israel's threat to it's surrounding territories? What about when Israel decides it no longer needs America? Or, more realistically perhaps, when America decides it no longer needs Israel? What then? Or will Israel be content as the gate-keeper forever?
[This message has been edited by kif kif (07-31-2006 08:57 AM).]