Blood and rubble

Civilian deaths in Lebanon
It is a measure of my anguish and my desperation as a Jew and an American that I write now in this magazine. While death stalks the skies of Haifa, while bombs and missiles rain down on Beirut and what is left of southern Lebanese cities, my country gives Israel a green light—and expedited weapons shipments—to create a “new Middle East” out of blood and rubble. Condoleezza Rice has the nerve to use the term “birth pangs” to characterize the destruction of Lebanon and the killing of civilians.

The country that considers itself a Jewish homeland has effectively declared Lebanon a free-fire zone in the fantasy that if its planes drop enough bombs on apartment buildings (Hezbollah “strongholds”) and empty enough southern Lebanese cities, it will destroy Hezbollah as a political and fighting force.


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