Friday, July 28, 2006
What do you hear in these sounds?
Everyone's playing a strange guessing game in northern Israel these days. There are so many explosions in the air -- blasts from Israeli 155mm artillary guns and booms from exploding Hezbollah Katyusha rockets -- we all spend our days and nights trying to guess if the weapons are going out or coming in.

Our local translator and friend Alon has lived in the town of Kiryat Shmona most of his life. He has years of practice playing the game.

"Drive with the windows down so you can listen close," he says. "Outgoing sounds like a pop and incoming sounds more like a sucking sound."

I try, but can't tell the difference. Anderson says he can, but I'm not sure I believe him.

To spend any time here is to be used to the sound. A lot of the journalists covering the conflict here are staying at a local kibbutz that's literally surrounded by artillery batteries.

When we first arrived four days ago, we'd pause mid-sentence when the guns would fire; they're so frequent today that even though the windows rattle with each bang, no one even seems to notice. We're hoping it's all outgoing.

The game gets real when you see the damage these things inflict. We were driving to scout locations yesterday when we noticed black smoke rising from a building we passed, an emergency vehicle racing towards it. We followed and found two Katyusha rockets had just struck a laundry detergent manufacturing plant. We watched as the smoke turned to fire and as that fire consumed nearly half the building. There were no casualites, but don't tell that to the company's owner; he arrived on the scene, threw up his hands and literally screamed at the flames.

We're on the Israeli side of the border, so we don't see the damage Israel's 155mm rounds dish out, but they appear no less destructive, as shown in reports from CNN correspondents in southern Lebanon. These are large, powerful, sophisticated weapons with pinpoint accuracy. You feel it in your stomach if you're standing next to one when it fires. They are weapons designed to destroy.

Yesterday, this part of northern Israel saw some of its most intense fighting. It seems today is starting the same way. The sun was rising as we finished the show and the air cracked with artillery bangs. We think all of it was outgoing, but the guessing game begins with another day.
Posted By Charlie Moore, CNN Senior Producer: 8:54 AM ET
  44 Comments
I appreciate the coverage you and your staff are providing everyone. Please, all of you, stay safe. No story, no matter how important, is worth your lives.
Posted By Anonymous Laura Elizabeth, Trumbull, Connecticut : 9:20 AM ET
I'm really, really grateful that is one guessing game we don't have to play here in the United States. Stay safe and thanks for keeping us informed.
Posted By Anonymous Christine, Canton, OH : 9:27 AM ET
Charlie, I hate to say it, but I don't think the shelling will stop until they run out of weapons. The whole thing's insane. Meanwhile, people on both sides continue to perish. Why do they punish themselves? The thing is, even if they run out of weapons, they'll just make more. So maybe the fighting won't stop until they've killed off each other, literally. World leaders can try to figure this out, but the real answer to this crisis is beyond our understanding. Charlie, Anderson, and rest of CNN team, please, you all come home now. Take care and God bless,
Posted By Anonymous Beth, Edmonds, WA : 9:39 AM ET
Charlie,

it must be a weird feeling for all of you to constantly hear all those explosions and never exactly knowing where the rockets went down. How can you guys - and all the other people still in the region for that matter - even get some rest with that nerve-racking blasts seemingly going on all the time?
I truly admire with what dedication and determination the 360 crew brings the reports into our living rooms every night. Though I have to admit as the conflict in the Middle East drags on, it becomes increasingly more difficult to stay focused on it. It seems the same story each day, the Israelis firing their weapons into Southern Lebanon and Hezbollah firing their rockets back into Northern Israel; then of course reports of destruction and causalities and lastly seeing how the international community does not seem to be able to really intervene and bring the conflict to an end. I am afraid the Middle East conflict will just end up in the news as the Iraq war - it becomes a commodity of the daily news and at one point in time people get tired watching it.
The conflict area has been inundated by journalist, as always if a new conflict surfaces, but I think it's time to pull a bit back. We will still get a daily update on the Middle East, I am sure about that, but I don't think crews have to be on location indefinitely. I think the point has come where a news program should not be all about the Middle East anymore but should focus on other facts on issues that are making news. I am sure there is enough things to report that will fill two hours of a program.

The AC360 team has done a fantastic job, you guys all deserve getting back to a normal life.
Posted By Anonymous Elke, New York/NY : 9:46 AM ET
Hey Charlie:
Boy, it's a pretty sad day when you can say you're used to the sound of bombs and guided missles going off around you. I'm sure just that fact must frighten and sicken even the most seasoned of reporters. I noticed the last couple of nights even Anderson doesn't flinch anymore. For the sake of everybody there I hope things will at least get to the point where you can all come home and say things have settled down, at least to that extent.
Great coverage for both CNN and 360.
Please stay safe and come home soon.
Bev
Posted By Anonymous Bev. Whitby, Ontario. Canada : 10:07 AM ET
Anderson and Producers:

Thanks to everyone for putting together the "Reporters Notebook" last night. The images were profound and the writing and editing was great. Anderson's voice was both compelling and passionate.

I also like the new segment, "Giving 360". There are many kind people in the world doing wonderful things. It is nice to see them profiled.

I wonder how much longer you all can continue to stay in the region? How much time can you continue to miss at home with your wives, children and families?

I wonder, what is your next move?
For us frequent viewers, last night you could really see how tired Anderson is becoming on television. It has been nearly 2 weeks of unrest for Anderson and the crew. Not that I am your Mom, but really try to get some rest.

Maybe someone can tell us fellow bloggers if Anderson and crew really reads this stuff.

I have a bet with my husband for dinner and a movie tonight. My vote is YES, my husband's is NO. Would someone free me from cooking and dishes on Friday night? Maybe someone from the show can tell us. I am thinking Mexican or Italian!

I am sure all of your bloggers and viewers wish you all well and a continued safe journey.

All the best!
Posted By Anonymous Renee Bradenton, FL : 10:11 AM ET
Charlie, If I were in your shoes, I would be non-functioning, and not because of rockets and bombs. I would be thinking of the overwhelming karmic debt that will rain down on nations and leaders that kill innocent humans. Killing the messengers of hate cannot create peace. We must kill the idea.
Thanks to you guys for your non-biased coverage of this crisis. I have lots of respects for the courage of journalists/reporters amd dis' the print critics, "for you", on the blogs etc. as often as I can. Take care.
Posted By Anonymous Judy Stage Brooklyn Michigan : 10:28 AM ET
Charlie,
The minute you get too "comfortable" with the sound of explosions and gunfire is the time to think about leaving because that is when terrible things can happen. I realize you can't do that so just don't get too "comfortable." Take care.
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio : 10:28 AM ET
You know you've been in one place too long when the unknown starts to be familiar. Sounds like that is what is going on with you guys. The show has been great and very informative. 360 has gone way beyond other news programs in their coverage, Yet you still keep thye human element in the forefront.

Be safe and Peace
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren Mi : 10:31 AM ET
Thank you for giving us a tiny but revealing insight on what life must be like for others right now. It is unfortunate that this "guessing game" is something anyone has to learn and get used to. As always, please be careful, as the playing field is no less merciful to those unfamiliar with the game.
Posted By Anonymous Lynn, Chicago, IL : 10:42 AM ET
It's quite evident when watching Anderson reporting over the past few days that he has become accustomed to the sounds of war. He'll be reporting, there's a tank in the background, visible over his shoulder. It fires and he barely flinches. He keeps talking, but the sound from the tank completely drowns him out, and we (the viewers) hear none of the words that he is saying.

Isn't it just so that people can become familiar with such violent sounds, and can adapt to such violent situations. I guess this is desensitization at it's best. It's what allows the people that have lived in such situations to go on and live "normal" lives.
Posted By Anonymous Lucy, Toronto, ON : 10:46 AM ET
Charlie,
You, Anderson and your crew amaze me. I am truly enjoying the information and reading your blog entrys. It makes things so much easier to understand. I was especially empressed with the rocket report.
You guys stay safe, keep your heads down. Your doing a WONDERFUL job, as usual.
Posted By Anonymous MLS, NO LA : 11:00 AM ET
Hi Charlie,
Incoming or outgoing bombs...Somewhere,somplace either will land..And somebody will feel it's force, whether that's with their life or their livelihood..I can't imagine the pressure of it all becoming part of everyday life..Another excellent posting, a very vivid picture you've painted for all of us to read..Thanks
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton,Calif. : 11:05 AM ET
The story brings back a lot of memories of previous war experiences. It is so true that as an observer standing near the BIG-O battery, soon you will want to be able to distinguish between incoming or outgoing shells for your own sake. But behind the thought is the fear of the damage that can cause from the explosion of the shell. Many times we hear half jokingly comments that if you are still alive which only mean one thing " the outgoing shell". On the other hand it is unbelievably different for the fellows who happen to be on the other end of the trajectory field. That is all about war. I would think.
Posted By Anonymous Bqt of Orange, CA : 11:05 AM ET
Charlie,
After living in Lebanon for the 1st 18 years of my life, 16 of them during the war, I can tell you with the utmost confidence: You get to know the difference. And that whistling sound you hear? It means it passed over your head already, and you're safe... for now.

Also, I am very confident that if not ALL were outgoing, most surely were. CNN has this *nasty* habit of reporting: "88 Katyoshas were fired into Israel today," but fails to report that THOUSANDS of Israeli missiles were launched into Lebanon.

And please, no more talking about "pinpoint accuracy"... Unless Israel is admitting to "pinpointing" children, "pinpointing" convoys of civilians fleeing South Beirut, as "ordered" (not told, ordered) by Israeli flyers... Unless the IDF "pinpointed" the UN post (decide: is it a mistake, or is it purposeful because allegedly Hezbollah were hiding close to the post? Why do you let them get away with flip-flopping?)

It is sad that the gentleman lost his business, but, please, let's keep in mind that thousands of civilians in Lebanon lost their HOMES, destroyed by the IDF missiles...

Let me add, it is sad that hundreds of Israelis had to flee to the shelters -- but at least they have shelters.

Bias reporting is not journalism. Bias reporting means you *work* for one side.
Posted By Anonymous M.A. Toronto, Ontario : 11:34 AM ET
I'm too afraid for ALL the journalists in the region. I wince everytime there's a "breaking news" flash on CNN's website..... I'm so afraid it's going to be something about .... all the brave journalists.

Now, Hezbollah says it's got "bigger, badder, stronger, longer-range missiles".

Personally, I would NEVER want to know the difference in sound between "incoming" and "outgoing" fire.

You guys are NOT safe.

There is no de-militarized zone.

There is no near-term cease-fire plan.

There is no end to the unspeakable, increasing, human death toll.

Charlie, I wish I were your boss. I'd tell you to GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!

BUT.... before you go, can you explain to me exactly what Israel means when they say "they are not going to broaden the offensive, but they are calling up 30,000 more troops" ???? Sounds like an oxy-moron to me.

PLEASE USE EVERY AND ALL MEANS OF STAYING SAFE!!!!
Posted By Anonymous Julie, St. Louis, MO : 11:39 AM ET
"When we first arrived four days ago, we'd pause mid-sentence when the guns would fire; they're so frequent today that even though the windows rattle with each bang, no one even seems to notice."

How absolutely terrifying it must be, in the middle of all that war and devastation. I can't imagine hearing the sounds of gun fire and Katyusha rockets and not even flinch.

It's so important that the world outside sees what is happening and you are all doing a phenomenal job of covering this crisis. My thoughts are with all of you. Please don't forget to be calling home to your mothers, wives, husbands and children to let them know you are safe.
Posted By Anonymous Jennifer, Calgary, AB, Canada : 11:41 AM ET
Living near an area where there always is lots of gunfire....paintball and hunting, I hear it all the time and I think I have it figured out. If there is a BANG then a whoosh...it's outgoing, if there is a whoosh then a BANG it's incoming. Where I come from it's a good thing to hear the BANG either way (it missed you!)!

Take care of yourselves!
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 11:59 AM ET
As I was walking around the Orange County Fair this week I found myself standing amongst the crowd, in tears for the people in Israel and Lebanon. The noise of the carnival rides, the music and the smell of curly fries and cotton candy quickly stopped making me smile. Instead, I felt sick. I prayed for the people over there to resolve this quickly and wondered how can everyone run around and enjoy life so much when there's a war like this one happening? Thank you for bringing it to us, for putting your lives on the line for it. You are making a difference and it is not going unnoticed. Be safe, and let the people of Israel and Lebanon know that they are in our hearts and prayers.
Posted By Anonymous Rachel, Orange County, CA. : 12:04 PM ET
Hey Charlie,
I can't imagine what it's like to live your day earing bombs go in or out! I understand that one can get used to it, but isn't it when you become less careful?
This week, I find that Anderson,John Roberts,Christiane & Nic look exhausted.Understandibly, but still.
Stay vigilant you guys, don't get to accustomed to the chaos around you.
I don't see the end of the conflict anymore. Iran is "feeding" Hezbollah with amunitions. We talk about a cease-fire. But we are dealing with ruthless groups of terrorists who have one thing in mind. Destroy. And they have money, allies, as crazy as they are.
It's going to take more than a cease-fire and international troops to resolve that conflict.
Thank you for the "reporter's notebook" and what a terrific idea to do a segment "giving 360". A ray of hope amidst hell.
I have to admit that while the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is captivating all the attention, horrors are continuing in Iraq and in Africa. It took the back seat but it is still a reality. I'm in Canada, with all my little conforts, I feel so remote sometimes from what is going on on another continent. But I never what to forget that it is happening. I do what I can,sending money for those in need. I feel restless.
Stay safe, be on your guards all of you.
Joanne Ranzell
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne Ranzell Laval Quebec : 12:08 PM ET
What disorientation all you journalists in that region must be going through right now We often learn about what war does to military persons and civilians living in war-struck nations. It would be interesting to find out what type of psychological affects this type of coverage has on even the best of you. So many elements to consider including your simple means of survival - food, shelter, hygiene. Do things start to become distorted or remain as clear as when you first arrived? Please stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Louise, Los Angeles, California : 12:18 PM ET
You don't hear the one that gets ya'
Posted By Anonymous Dennis, Spencer, Iowa : 12:18 PM ET
Please stay safe. I have enjoyed the pieces you all have done over the past few weeks, but I fear that you all risk your safety at times to bring us the story. Telling a story, even as monumental as this, is not worth a life.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris KY : 12:26 PM ET
Hello Charlie- The "popping" sounds the "sucking" sounds. How traumatic! You all must be looking around like rabbits watching for predators. So much injustice in the world. Yesterday I interviewed a 6 year old boy with life threatening spinal bifida for the make a wish foundation. He told me his favorite color was purple. "mine too!" I said. Upon further inquiry I found that he had nothing purple. No toys, nothing in his room. With wide blue eyes, the sick child told me his medicine was purple and it made him feel better so that was his favorite color. War, diseases all so unfair. There is no logic for the suffering. So Charlie, You, Anderson, and all the CNN gang. Take care of YOURSELVES!! I love the 360 report and look forward to it. Just know when to say enough and take the medicine that makes you feel better. Thanks to you all!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann Taylor Nacogdoches, Tx : 12:43 PM ET
Thank you for remembering what is happening on the other side of those weapons. It would be easy to become desensitized to it.

"These are large, powerful, sophisticated weapons with pinpoint accuracy. You feel it in your stomach if you're standing next to one when it fires. They are weapons designed to destroy"
Posted By Anonymous Jackie Sonoma CA : 12:51 PM ET
I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to have to hear those sounds 24 hrs a day, how can you ever get accustomed to it? And carry on with what you have to do everyday?. My heart goes out to all the children caught up in all of this and I worry about the lasting effect on them. I saw a segment last night of underground shelters/schools for Israeli children, where they tried to minimize this. It looked as though they were doing a good job, with music and arts and crafts.
What about children on the other side of the border?
Posted By Anonymous Reena, Phoenix AZ : 12:51 PM ET
It does bother me that more people aren't concerned about the civilian population of Lebanon. Whether their government has made good decisions or bad, we should be concerned that a lot of everyday citizens are being injured and killed. While I am not against troops to stop genocide or protect a people, it seems horrible that Bush and Blair (two outsiders who do not have family being injured or killed) are only now sitting down to discuss what their influence could do. It seems to me, being a rich and powerful nation has some responsibilities also, and these are beyond waging war. I am also concerned about the Israel population, but I seem to hear more concern expressed about them.
Posted By Anonymous Carol D., Red Wing, MN : 1:14 PM ET
Well, I just watched the Bush/Blair press conference after their "meeting" - still the same old blah blah blah, sounding just like the enemy they are fighting.
Posted By Anonymous David, Lakewood CO : 1:27 PM ET
Hi Charlie,
You all are amazing! Thank you for the coverage and the brilliant, yet unsettling, picture you paint with your words. It is a beautiful, quiet day in Wyoming; I need to remember not to take this serenity for granted. Please stay safe and come home soon.
Saranne
Posted By Anonymous Saranne Soule, Jackson, Wyoming : 1:31 PM ET
Good discussion, but I can't help to transpose that into the experience of US troops in Iraq (yea, my kid's been in the really hot area) and the Iraqis that have lived with that daily noise amongst the growing pile of rubble for how long. Yesterday, when it was announced that the striker force would stay six months longer without a definite out rotation date and Rummy said, "Of course, they're disappointed," I lost it. Excuse me, none of them were my kids, but I wanted throw more than a shoe at the TV or better yet march on DC. The selfish interests of the 'cowboys' locked into disconnect in DC (including the prisoner issue) is really pushing me over the edge. Anybody and anything is allowed to come over our border while the foundation of our nation is rotting. Then, we're sending the same kids back and forth into the cauldron while the do-nothings in Congress continue with the Carte Blanche for destruction but fail to keep the readiness of troops up. Terrible, but I think they're all wearing black hats with STUPID on the band. 'Too much to do, and not enough people to do it," was a quote from an e-mail that I got.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista, ar : 1:34 PM ET
Incoming or outgoing...it's all the same really. The bombs on either side kill and destroy. It all becomes a game of odds and percentages.

You, Anderson, and your crew have done an outstanding job of personalizing this conflict and telling the story from all angles. I think it's now time to come home.

Thanks to you all and please stay safe!
Posted By Anonymous Ann, Des Moines, IA : 1:36 PM ET
If Bush and Blair were hiding behind a rock and someone was shooting at them for hours, not days but hours, would they want a "TEMPORARY" or "PERMANENT" ceasefire? That is a very stupid question but it fits those 2.

Remember John Lennon's song "Imagine".
Posted By Anonymous Edith/Chicago, Il : 1:52 PM ET
I just really think it is about time you all come home. Anderson looks exhausted and the pictures on the Reporter's Notebook don't do the crew any justice as well (that includes you Charlie). The first day you all where there Anderson would flinch when he heard gun fire, now he does not even blink when the tanks behind him fire. Message for David Doss....Make them come home NOW. Is this worth the story? I don't think so.
Posted By Anonymous Erika-New York City, NY : 2:06 PM ET
Re MA from Toronto post 11:34am
This person comments on A.Cooper reporting on amount of rockets fired into Israel, but not on the 1000's of missiles fired by Israel into Lebanon. It seems that CNN coverage has indeed shown the level of response by the IDF for the kidnapping and attack of their country.

I learned as a kid, if you smack a hornets nest, the results are overwhelming. I think soon the militant Islamists will determine there is no future in smacking the Israeli nest....
Posted By Anonymous C.Fincher Atlanta, GA : 2:22 PM ET
Each shell, bomb or shot just adds to widening violence and human misery.

Israel will not eliminate Hezbollah because more people and middle east governments are bcoming more sympathetic with Hezbollah and more against the U.S and Israel. If this continues much longer, the chances of Hezbollah winning the next Labanese election becomes better just like Hamas.

So, the compasionate conservative government of the U.S should think about the poor innocent women and children that are being wounded, killed and displace by this nightmare.

We have been trying to stop the insurgency in Iraq after 3 years. Why does anyone in believe the Israeli's can destroy Hezbollah in any time soon.

Israel must declare a ceasefire immediately if it ever wants to have peaceful relations with Lebanon.
Posted By Anonymous Al Sanders Cheshire, CT : 3:41 PM ET
Repeating what the others have said...don't get so used to the sounds of ammunition being fired that you completely let down your guard. You all are in another part of the world that is unstable so you must always be aware of your surroundings. Always remember to watch your back and the backs of the others with you.
Posted By Anonymous Genevieve M, El Paso, TX : 4:26 PM ET
Charlie: It frightens me a bit that it sounds like you are getting used to the noise of lethal destruction, from either side. Please maintain your vigilance. Also, I wanted to address some recent criticism of some of the pieces you've done focusing on Anderson in still photos with him talking about his experiences (some say it's too self-serving). I for one appreciate seeing things from your perspective and seeing what you all do in putting the show together. This is not a case of a "blow-dried anchor" standing up and reading off the prompter - you all get right into the worst areas and put yourselves at risk. It's good for viewers to see your dedication to putting together a well-rounded, intelligent program. Please keep doing these types of features.
Posted By Anonymous Jenna, Toronto ON : 4:46 PM ET
As American Jew who married an American Lebanese Man, I generally try to have a rational balanced view of the perpetual problems in the middle east. Ususally, my husband and I both feel like both sides are to blame, a bit of chicken or the egg...However, I cannot believe that the US isn't demading a cessation from Israel. Clearly, innocent civilians are dying, getting maimed. When only 50 people on one side die and over 450 on the other die, things are disproportionate. Personally, I am embarrased by our government's blind loyalty to any ally, even when they are wrong. I understand that Israel has a right to defend itself. I do. But doesn't Lebanon deserve that same right. Perhaps instead of giving 100% support/backing to one country we might try to assist their "good neighbors" as well, and maybe, just maybe that might ease the need for the Lebanese to rely on a group like Hezbollah? I call on our President to open his eyes and ears and really partake in the problems and demand that Israel restrain itself a bit more. I by no means support the Hezbollah. I do think they are terrrorists, but Israel is proving themselves to be equally merciless.
Posted By Anonymous Samantha Goldberg-Malek, Miami, FL : 6:25 PM ET
For all those bloggers that are saying Anderson and the other reporters are looking tired and should come home! Although I'm sure it's challenging to report every day on this crisis, when 360 goes on, it's dawn there and the lighting isn't the greatest, thus the reporters appear to look tired, however, once the sun comes up (ie. 2nd hour), Anderson looks perfectly fine and if anyone looks tired, it's me cuz it's about midnight my time. Keep up the reporting over there...it's a heck of a lot more exciting than watching the Yates court case or Mel Gibson's DUI arrest...Thanks.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 6:59 PM ET
During the baby stages of this war, I was convinced Hezbollah was wrong in its actions and it provoked an unecessary war, but now, I believe Hezbollah is becoming a hero of some sort in the Middle East. Hezbollah has shown persistence and courage against the Israel, eventhough Israel has caused far more damage, Hezbollah has not given up to the aggression. I am afraid this really is becoming a war between Islam vs. US and Israel.. which is really awful. Good Luck and May Allah Bless You Guys.
Posted By Anonymous Khan, Boston, Massachusetts : 7:12 PM ET
Strange isn't it? Two opposing forces wih God on their side yet His message of love and peace is absent...sacrificed on the altar of pride.
Posted By Anonymous Tom Fenton Cheyenne Wyoming : 8:24 PM ET
It is most insteresting that the Leb gov't is willing to call its military to arms to defend against Israel but will not defend against those who attach Israel from Leb soil. If a militant group in Miami started sending rockets to Cuba, would the United States Gov't stand by and do nothing; state that if Cuba attacks the U.S. we would defend against them; or would we go after the perpertrators firing rockets from our soil onto a foreign soverienty. Until the Leb gov't starts to pressure Hezbollah from the north while Israel moves up from the south, the Leb gov't has little to complain about. By allowing a group to luanch international atacks from their soil without attempts of military intervention, Lebanon is simply condoning and encouraging the action. I want the fighting to stop. I want peace. But I can also see clearly who contributes to which side of this conflict. By sitting idly by the Leb gov't is stoking the flames.
Posted By Anonymous David, Boston Mass USA : 8:29 PM ET
Pure hate has no source, logic or cure. It is born, passed among people, by people, for poeple. It lives with the single goal of growth. It's death is brought by either caring or pain. Individuals care but are stagnate. Groups act but seek revenge. It is apparent that pure hate will die when the flow of tears surpasses that of blood. For this truth I weep for man.
Posted By Anonymous Pat, Lansing Michigan : 8:39 PM ET
Bush said this whole incident started because hizballa kidnapped two soldiers. He believes that hizbulla act justifies all the killing of the innocents and the destruction of the whole country by Israel. If the president of the most powerful and supposedly most civilized nation in the world thinks that the way to solve problems are massacres, human slaughter and complete demolition, no wonder that the middle east is a complete disaster!!!!Keep up the good work Bush, the worst is yet to come.
Posted By Anonymous Joanna, San Diego, CA : 4:09 PM ET
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