Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Arabic pop, 50 Cent and exploding bombs
The schedule has almost become routine. No need to set alarm clocks as the sound of heavy bomardment serves as the daily wake up call.

It is not too much later that members of the international media start to congregate at camera positions on the poolside patio of the Tyre Rest House Hotel to watch, from not too afar, the latest morning bombing and rocket launching taking place outside the seaside city of Tyre in southern Lebanon.

The almost month-long war is strange by most accounts. Watching the exchange of hostilities from our semi-tropical beachside location it sometimes feels like we are on some sort of perverse vacation package -- surf, sand and explosions.

Dotted with palm trees, the hotel has all the outward signs of a popular summer destination. Signs for water-skiing and Mediterannean excursions abound and, oddly enough, the beach bar has managed to stay open for business; open into the wee hours every night playing an assortment of 50 Cent songs and pop Arabic tunes.

Missing from all of this are the tourists. Instead, the hotel is packed with journalists and a few southern Lebanese who have sought refuge here. There are so many people here that we are sleeping two, three, and four to a room ourselves, and we are the lucky ones. Many of the other international news organizations have personnel sleeping on the beach and on cots outside.

The city of Tyre itself has been largely evacuated. Only a handful of employees are running the hotel, charging sky-high prices for basic services. The upkeep has become so poor that there are now wild cats roaming the halls of the building, rummaging through piles of uncollected garbage. Luckily, the power and the water are still working, but worries abound that conditions will become truly disgusting if the power grid and other utilities get knocked out.

Moving outside the city of Tyre has become a difficult and dangerous proposition, as many areas of southern Lebanon are hit very hard on a daily basis by Israeli fire. Yesterday, Tyre became isolated from Beirut when a bridge over the Litani River on the main road between the cities was destroyed in an Israeli bombing run. The fear that created was only heightened this morning when leaflets were dropped in the city by the Israeli military warning people that any cars on the roads of southern Lebanon would be considered targets.

Needless to say, this has curtailed our ability to go out and gather news, which is extremely frustrating for all of us. It has also made the normally simple task of picking up food from the few restaurants and stores still open a more complicated process. Yet, this is nothing compared to what the few remaining aid agencies working in southern Lebanon face on a day-to-day basis in getting aid to people in isolated towns and villages.

Doctors Without Borders was desperate move in some medical supplies from Beirut, so their team in Tyre met their counterparts from Beirut on opposite sides side of the Litani River and hand-carried the supplies in a human chain across a tree spanning the river.

The shelling and bombing has largely been taking place south and east of our our location, but the city of Tyre itself was hit yesterday when Israeli Air Force jets dropped bombs on a neighborhood of small five-story buildings. It was not clear if anybody was killed, as most of Tyre has become a ghostown, but it adds to the extreme feeling of fear and angst for those reamianing in the city.

Sometimes the explosions take place too close for comfort. But for the most part, they have become part of the daily din here in Tyre. We watch them from our camera location and we feel like odd spectators in a war that seems to get more complicated and dangerous by the day.

Will the city find itself under siege? Will Israeli ground forces enter the city? How long will this all last? These are the questions residents and journalists here ask themselves every day.
Posted By Kevin Flower, CNN Producer: 1:44 PM ET
I'm a little surprised. I wonder why Hezbollah hasn't tried a rocket launch from near the hotel or your camera observation site (if not one and the same). A bunch of dead journalists would seem to be a coup, although no journalists might mean no press for their side.

I guess I'd be watching my back...
Posted By Anonymous Paul, Vernal, UT : 1:59 PM ET
Its awful good of the Israeli killing machine to tell the Lebanese that if they attempt to flee they will be bombed.

Its kind because for the past several weeks the IAF has simply bombed vehicles filled with fleeing civilians with no warning what so ever.

Its nice when your' murderers tell you, if you leave we're going to kill you and if you stay we're also going to kill you. So resign yourself to being killed at the hands of Israeli terrorism and American weapons of mass destruction.

These innocent unarmed, civilians are trapped in a war zone that Israel is determined to fill with their blood and we Americans are complicit in these crimes against humanity.

I am writing and calling all my representatives because I do not want my hard earned tax dollars to drenched in the death and destruction of innocents.

Its time for the parasitic Israel and all their Zionist and pro-jewish lobbyists to find another host.
Posted By Anonymous Denny Silas, Seattle : 2:06 PM ET
50 Cent? Well that explains all the violence doesn't it!?!
Posted By Anonymous T.M. Seattle, WA : 2:07 PM ET
Wow. This is a twilight zone episode.

What does Isreal think. If Lebanon is bombed to bits that Hezbollah will go away? If they achieve their "objective", then all this mayhem will stop?
Doubt it. History does have a nasty habit of repeating itself.
Posted By Anonymous Sue NYC, NY : 2:18 PM ET
Hi Kevin- your description was vivid and surreal. How strange it must be to be looking out at a tropical paradise in the middle of a war listening to the "daily din". You all take care and take cover. Also, I really hope that bar doesn't run out of liquor. Sounds like you all need it to stay open!!!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann Taylor Nacogdoches, Tx : 2:22 PM ET
Thanks, Kevin, for sharing your Tyre
experience with us. Embedded, huh? Wish
you were home safe now!
Posted By Anonymous Camie, Leon Valley, Texas : 2:23 PM ET
Hi Kevin, It sounds like the movie, "The Shining," but in a war zone. If someone knocks on your door and says, "Heeeeeere's Johnny," run like hell. Hope you all get back safely.
Posted By Anonymous Carol B. Frederick, MD : 2:24 PM ET
It is tragic for the residents to go through this, but may I ask why don't they move out to another area for the time being? If it's a matter of their life, surely someone would leave for safer ground. Even if you don't know anyone in another part of the country, isn't any life is better than risking losing your life?
Posted By Anonymous xtina - chicago IL : 2:33 PM ET
Hey Kevin:
First of all, do you mean 'wild cat' wild cats?
Seriously though, you paint an almost surreal picture of the conditions at an otherwise peaceful resort.Why does this bombing and these attacks keep up if there is nothing left to destroy!
It makes one wonder at the mind-set of people that would seemingly seek to obliterate all signs of human life even though it is apparent that Hezbollah has 'left the building'.
Doctors Without Borders are an amazing group of medical personell who must surely feel they are fighting a losing battle.
Take care and stay safe
Posted By Anonymous Bev. Ontario. Canada : 2:35 PM ET
A photograph of the Doctors Without Borders human chain was on the front page of the Buffalo News this morning. Thanks for the real time update. Don't try to pet the feral cats!
Posted By Anonymous Barbara Orchard Park, New York : 3:13 PM ET
Someone in a post earlier said 'why dont they move out to another area for the time being?' I think that is an interesting statement, because, the people left in Tyre, CANNOT move out to another area, the roads out of the city have been destroyed. And if they do try to flee in a car, they will be obliterated by the Israelis. Its a lose-lose situation for the civilians...but obviously Israel with its 'precision' weapons does not care about the civilians.
Posted By Anonymous Rae, Northridge, CA : 3:16 PM ET
Doesn't look as if 'one if by land' is a feasible escape route, so hope all of you have a 'two if by sea option' set up. The tower of Babble and the major players don't seem to have a solution as the carnage continues. Unfortunately, the 'war' is so much bigger than Israel and Lebanon/Hezbollah.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista, ar : 3:18 PM ET
Hi Kevin;

I am devastated by picture you described, I wonder when they will stop the bombing of Lebanon, they haven't achieved their goal and I doubt they will, unless they basically kill every single person in Lebanon, I guess the people here or around the world don't get it, Hezzbollah is just a name, it is the nation of Lebanon that is finghting back and defending your own country is not a terrorist act, actually I feel for those heroes giving up their lives to defend Lebanon, they are just civilians being terrorized by the ultimate killing and flying machines ever built so far.
The killing of Harriri was an excuse to get Syrian army out and now the Isreali army wants in? what a co-incidence, when would the people open eyes and acknowledge the facts!!!
Posted By Anonymous jim, Richmond, VA : 3:21 PM ET
Dear Kevin,
Yes, your situation in Tyre sounds like a surreal experience, but I'm not sure if the vision is that of Dali or Magritte. Either way I wouldn't want to be there. They should rename your "accommodations" the Tyre Horror House Hotel.
Doctors Without Borders are real heroes. They deserve everyone's respect regardless of varying political views.
Although none of you will ever admit it, every journalist and crew member over there is courageous. In a way all of you have become a part of our "family" as we watch you report day after day, night after night. Please don't make the mistake of waiting too long to leave. Our hearts are with you. Take care. Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio : 3:22 PM ET
Unfortunatly, the irony of a Catch 22 is that those who are innocent will be considered guilty (in this case the non-terrorist civilians fleeing for their lives) and journalists who are there to do a job can only report on the "Tiki Bar" and the current juke box song. Only there is nothing funny about the situation at all, especially when bombs are continually going off (on both sides of the border) and DWB has to use a makeshift bridge to get supplies to those who need them. Isn't it obvious the city (and not just this one) is already under a metaphorical siege?
Posted By Anonymous Tracy: Somerville, NJ : 3:25 PM ET

I read your posting, and yes, things are seemingly caught in a whirlwind. There's so much to keep up with, but you know what? NO ONE CARES! Can you believe that? Of course you can and probably do.

I had just finished checking out the top 20 searches, which include everything from A-Z. There were only seven topics which had fallen, some drastically. Those seven included Israel, Castro and Floyd Landis. The ones which moved up were "celebs". Those remaining had not been on the charts at all previously.

America has to be busy, every minute, every second. They bore easily, always needing something new. So what if children are dying, cities being obliterated? Hey, seen one demolished building, you've seen them all. "Graphic" warnings? That's not so much blood, I saw more than that before, no big deal.

Who can forget Anderson's session with Angelina? It was stated over and over, that it was REFUGEE DAY. Then someone had the audacity to complain that it was all they talked about and they should have told the truth. (Media is at fault when someone doesn't listen well.)

Forget Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, deadly disease. It's all old, you have to give them something new, hopefully with lots of blood & guts.

So many are risking life and limb, to assist , be it with food, clothing or medication. Some are risking life and limb so that others will see things as they really are and remember. Sorry, guys & gals, they just don't give a good golly darn.

One last thought. Those of us who do care, care deeply. We'll always be behind you, we'll always be proud of you, even if it is "your job".


Posted By Anonymous Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 3:28 PM ET
I admire all of the jourlists commitment for staying there and reporting what is going on during these crazy times. It still amazes me that governments believe they can get rid of terror and hatred by killing innocent civilians. In speaking with members of the Arabic coommunity you sense their increased hatred for the Israili governemnet and in turn their increased support for Hezbollah. All this will do is create more terrorists and hatred in the world.
Posted By Anonymous Despina, Montreal, Quebec : 3:28 PM ET
I think all the people of Lebanon should take part in a massive act of pasive non violent protest. Every man woman and child should take a hint from Gandhi. Give notice to the state of Israel about their plans.

Everyone would come out of their home at the same time and march bravely in the streets and where possible towards the Lebanon - Israel border.

They should coordinate it with those in the West Bank and Gaza to do the same thing at the same time.

Let's see if the State of Israel is prepared to eliminate them all.

What have the Lebanese got to lose? Nothing. Their country is being torn up by powerful bullies.

People power is what we need today.

Posted By Anonymous Elizabeth Barsoum Delray Beach : 3:59 PM ET
Yep, war is hell. Sorry it can't be made comfier for residents. Four weeks and approximately 1000 Lebanese killed -- no one needs to argue about the tragedy of that. But if we are going to judge Israelis, let's start by asking how many Lebanese would be dead if Israel were in fact trying to kill Lebanese civilians. Next what standard of combat should Israel be judged by? The American standard in Iraq, Vietnam, or Bosnia? Or perhaps the Syrian standard where in a few days in Hama they slaughtered 10s of thousands? Or perhaps the gentle hand of Sudanese Arabs in their butchery of Christian and animist Blacks? Or perhaps the Turk standard used against Kurds -- whose interests no one but the U.S. seems to care about, since I guess they don't have oil-owning allies? So I take it the problem is Israel and its "brutal" response to a well-armed, well-trained, rocket and missle launching enemy and a neighbor that can't or won't excercise sovereignty by clearing out the border. Yes I think Israel, the size of New Jersey, should wait until Hezbollah and their puppet masters in Iran have larger, more accurate missles before they act proportionately. Isn't that how Canada, the U.S., France, and Britain would act? Give me a break.
Posted By Anonymous Martin Baldek, Oakland, California : 4:02 PM ET
You should save your 50 cents and drop them into a phone in a phone booth. Call Faroud Sinoria and thank him for your predicament.

Tell him that he should have cooperated with UN Resolution 1559 and UN Resolution 1583. Tell him that you would not be trapped, as you now are, had he simply followed through on his obligation to the international community. Tell him that the blood of nearly 1000 people are on his hands, primarily, as it was his task when he took office some 13 months ago to disarm the Hezbollah or seek help in doing so. That he failed is the sole cause of this mess.

And to the whiners who are "contacting their representatives," grow up. If the same was happening and rockets were raining down on your head from Vancouver, you would be changing your tune in a heartbeat and calling for the destruction of Canada.
Posted By Anonymous Sam - Tigard, OR : 4:04 PM ET
While it is important that the world at large be kept informed by what is happening in these areas, it is a war zone. Journalists shouldn't believe that they have some sort of immunity or 'right' to be there but not be in any danger. That it is dangerous, and very likely deadly is something that the reporters, their crews, and their employers need to judge whether or not that 'front-line footage' is potentially worth their lives. If they do, which they must sense they are there, then they shouldn't be complaining about the conditions or the danger they are in, they arn't the story.
Posted By Anonymous Justin, Miami FL : 4:12 PM ET
We look at the war from our comfort zone and judge Israel as if we've walked in their shoes. What would Americans really feel if they had lived for the past 50 years in terror? If scud missles and treats were coming from neighboring states in the U.S. we'd realize how near the enemy lurks. Terrorists have to be eliminated and the citizens that live in the countries that harbor them will suffer. That's just the plain truth.
Posted By Anonymous John Nicholson - Atlanta, GA : 4:16 PM ET
To all of you who are blasting Israel for trying to root out the Hizballah terrorists in Beirut, who, by the way, hide their ammunition, missiles and missile launchers amongst civilians, kind people that they are: why don't you try looking at some pictures of Sderot in Israel, or pictures of Kiryat Shemona, or Tsfat, which Hamas and Hizbollah have been bombing everyday, respectively. Nothing is left of Sderot, very little left intact in Kiryat Shemona, and other towns, and those people too have had to flee for their lives.

Or better: why doesn't CNN visit Sderot and have a blog from there? Want to hear about destruction caused by Hizbollah? Or isnt' that politically convenient enough?

Don't forget that Hizbolah has fired over 2,000 missiles, sometimes over 200 per day, at Israel in this war, which they started, along with their abductions of Israeli soldiers. And what's your readers' complaint? That Israel is defending its people? Why don't you complain that Hizbollah uses civilians as human shields, buries missiles in ambulances and mosques.

Hizbollah intended exactly to murder, create terror and destruction.
Posted By Anonymous Jane H, Newton Centre, MA : 4:29 PM ET
Truly surrealistic. Do you not have concern that by being so forthright with your location, and that of so many journalists, etc., that you will inspire an attack on it?

Do you have a sense of attachment to the violence and killing so nearby? In the States, so many carry on with daily activities, detached from the horror as it is occuring so far from us.
Posted By Anonymous Kelly R., Saratoga Springs, NY : 4:29 PM ET
Let's not forget that it was Hezbollah that started this whole thing. It was their fanatic, guerilla soldiers that kidnapped Israeli soldiers on Israeli land. Hamas is no better as they did the same. Israel is being blamed for all this bloodshed when they were provoked (as history has shown time and time again). Lebanon needs to take control of Hezbollah, which is an active member of their Parliament. It sounds to me as if they have a coup on their hand and civil war is iminent if Hezbollah continues to rise to power. It is important to put an end to the threats of Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel has worked hard for its independence and has done nothing to provoke these Arab groups and nations that wish to see Israel elminated.

I am not saying that civilians should be killed by Israel, but it goes both ways. Lebanon is harboring dangerous people that threaten the stability of the region. For that, they must accept the risk.
Posted By Anonymous Jonathan, New York, NY : 4:31 PM ET
I can't believe what is happening in Lebnan. All the so-called civilized world is watching the slaughterring of innocent lives and making it sure that the supply (of weapons of mass destruction to Israel) be not slow down.
At the same time they are warning Syria and Iran, not to help poor lebanese.
Why don't just clearly mension in the charter of UNO that all the muslims on this earth have no right to live.
Posted By Anonymous Asiya Gul, Tempe, AZ : 4:36 PM ET
First of all, I'm no freind of Isreal. Secondly, I'm no freind of Hezbollah. And I could care less about Lebanon. But I'm surprised that out of all these posts, there is not one person who asks themselves why all these civilians didn't leave the first day of the attacks? Isreal didn't say "don't drive" until yesterday. This has been going on for WEEKS. And to feel sympathy for reporters who willingly go rushing into war zones is ridiculous. I give kudos to Doctors without Borders, they are there only to help the unfortunate. But reporters are NOT the unfortunate, and neither are people who willingly tolerate terrorists among them, on both sides of these borders. At least we don't have our military directly involved in THIS conflict.
Posted By Anonymous Sean, Portland, Oregon : 4:40 PM ET
It's one of those darned if you do and darned if you don't situations. Either way the danger is real, almost to the point of being palpable to the viewers. Is there any way to get out by water or would the same fate happen? Would they target ships also?

I know the next time someone asked me "any volunteers" I'd do my best to blend into the wallpaper.
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 4:56 PM ET
My question has to do with the Lebanese public. How do citizens feel about being complicit and 'united' with a terror organization like Hezbollah? Lebanese are victims here, however, they also bear some of the blame. They have sat idily by and become usurped by fundementalist killers (if I recall a similar situation led to the Islamic revolution in Iran)
Posted By Anonymous Dan, Washington DC : 5:07 PM ET
I have been reading these blogs for a while and I am truly becoming numb to the whole thing. First, what's with the mindless comments such as referals to movies or postings of blogs simply to flatter the CNN crews out there and showing support. One report after another of bombs going off and showing destruction after destruction becomes just one big blur. It seems at time a contest of who can garner the most sympathy from the rest of the world. And then we get the plight of the journalists who "chose" to be there, pity. Any one out there and all journalists, if you so much think it is such an adrenaline rush to be embedded with the military, why don't you ENLIST; AC360 is losing credibility with me and appears to focus on sensationalism, let's see how far we can push the envelope. This is war, not Hollywood.
The crisis in the Middle East is of utmost importance in the reporting of the news but it seems that all that CNN is reporting is the WAR and have forgotten of the events unfolding in the rest of the world. At one point I believe that Lou Dobbs and Larry King were the only one left in the US. I'm pretty much tuning out now.
Yesterday's blog of "blown up once, blown twice"; if we don't learn from the past, history repeats itself. I guess Israel hasn't learned then. If they think that this time Hezbollah won't be back to rebuild, they are dreaming. And the whole cycle will begin again. Before this conflict is resolved, we need to get to the cause of it - the hatred that these groups have for Israel and their need to wipe them off the earth.

NOW THERE'S A STORY! Instead of running over and over the documentaries you have on the war how about a new one. Get to the root of the problem; what have the Israelis done for the Arab world to want them gone.
BTW, who died and appointed the arab world as the power that decides who is entitled to life on earth!!
Posted By Anonymous Lyn, Ontario, Canada : 5:13 PM ET
I love how you are all keeping us informed about day to day life. It's surreal to picture people sipping cocktails poolside, while South Lebanon burns. The reporting on this conflict has been superb. You have all kept the story fresh and current. It still seems odd to watch a war live, and know that the world is basically waiting for Israel to get it's business done. I hope your water stays running! Stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago, Il : 5:13 PM ET
It seems likely to me that the ban on vehicular travel that Israel has announced is at least as much about preventing news agencies from reporting on civilian casualties as it is about curtailing the mobility of hezbollah.
Posted By Anonymous Michael, Lowell, MA : 5:13 PM ET
Israel will not let her brave soldiers and civilians die in vain. Thus those who think that Israel will let Hezbollah move back into Southern Lebanon under the guise of the non-existent Lebanese Army are dreaming!

I was a University Student in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War and remember people joking about the reason Lebanon did not join the Arab fight against Israel was because her pilot got sick!

The more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess.....

The ONLY thing different today than 33 years ago was that now, after 9/11, America has joined the war against Muslim Fundamentalist Terror and thus it is in the US's best interest that Hezbollah be defeated and never be allowed to return to Southern Lebanon.

And what the US wants, the US gets. Thank God.
Posted By Anonymous Samuel G, Toronto Canada : 5:44 PM ET
What a true life perspective of a journalist living amongst danger and limited resources. I've often wondered what you all did for the basic needs, of food, shelter, water & hygiene. Luckily you still have food & water but for how long??? When all this is over, and I'm praying it is, someone needs to do a segment on "the aftermath of journalists covering war zones". Please be careful.
Posted By Anonymous Louise, Los Angeles, California : 6:23 PM ET
While my heart goes out to the innocents caught in the crossfire between terrorists and a nation state, my sympathy is reserved for the families of the two Israeli soldiers abducted by terrorists. Maybe if the world would have shown these international criminals that we would stand united and not tolerate murder, kidnapping, or bombings to further political or ideological goals maybe terrorism wouldn't be the scourge that it is today.
We, as the world, have let this go on long enough. We are accesories to murder. All we have done is sit by and let these thugs highjack our planes, kill our citizens, and start wars to further chaotic goals.
The time to turn the other cheek has passed, but we are so used to not taking a stand that we forget that there are still those that put everything on the line to ensure the safety of and security of their citizens.
Is this an example that the world should follow? We want peace, but we are unwilling to fight for it. We want to lay down our guns and go home with the hope that the terrorists will also. That is a dream. No Department of Defense, Presidency, or United Nations is going to defeat terrorism.
That will be the work of the people of the world. The people that the individual governments represent. Until the people decide that they have had enough then the terrorists will get what they want, which is violence and death.
Posted By Anonymous Jason, Comer Ga : 6:25 PM ET
Nanny 911 to the RESCUE!!!
It's like a bad parent who yells, hits, threatens, and refuses to listen. They raise children who yell, bite, kick and scream.
Our world leaders, and war in general are quite pathetic. Let's all be reduced to temper tantrums with bombs!
LISTEN! We all want the same things in life - Stop calling names and grow up!
Posted By Anonymous Renae, Appleton, WI : 1:55 PM ET
The killing of innocent civilians, especially on the Lebanese side (where it has not topped 1000 people, human beings with lives) will undoubtedly create more hate and more animosity in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East. Do you really think that bombing the hell out of Beirut is going to give Israel more peace? Give me a break. Look at history.

What, is Israel going to destroy the whole Middle East? Hezbollah is just a name. It is clear that the majority of people who support Israel in their current carelessness do not know the history of the region that their ignorance kills me. Israel needs to focus on the future consequences of their actions today. Oh, and why is it that if you are against Israel you�re an anti-Semite? How Israel is fighting is atrocious!
Posted By Anonymous Adrian, Orange County CA : 1:55 PM ET
thanks for the update on Tyre, I go there regularly for holidays (and stay at The Rest House!) and it's terrible to see what is happening to this city of wonderful and warm people. A fellow I met on my last trip lost his family in one of the 1st buildings hit and had his hand and leg blown off, such a tragedy. Hope to return when everything settles down, guess there will be more ruins to see than those of the ancient Roman Hippodrome. BTW, I heard the Dana Hotel in Ebel es-Saki in Southern Lebanon, near Khiam, was bombed, is this true?
Posted By Anonymous Wayne Bawden, Melbourne, Australia. : 3:01 PM ET

it might be useful to provide a bit of context here, namely that Hezbollah has been sending rockets into Israel for the past six years; that during that period Israel has shown amazing restraint; that even the current violence could have been avoided, had Hezbollah returned the two Israeli soldiers it kidnapped on Israeli territory, after killing eight others; that Hezbollah is deliberately endangering Lebanese civilians by fighting from and hiding aong them!

I do feel sorry for the suffering of innocent civilians, but the problem in Lebeanon is that you can't tell friend from foe! And whose fault is that? None other than Hezbollah's!
Posted By Anonymous Jack Bremer, Toronto, ON : 4:55 PM ET
What Israel is doing is right and just. It will also send a message to the rest of the animals in the region - mess with Israel again and you get more of the same.

Two related facts that anyone doubting the above should remember:
1) If the Arabs put down their weapons, there will be no more violence.
2) If Israel puts down their weapons, there will be no more Israel.
Posted By Anonymous Sam - Tigard, OR : 6:19 PM ET
thank you for your efforts reporting in these trying times. keep up with the on site news, at home we need to know what is going on. be safe, may you return to your family soon ... peace ...
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