posted on Jul, 22 2006 @ 09:00 PM
Once again Bush points to Syria and Iran as part of the cause for the ongoing trouble in the middle east as the fighting continues to intensify in
Lebanon. Also Bush in his weekly radio address underscores U.S. support for the Israeli reaction to the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers by the
Shiite guerrillas in Lebanon.
President Bush on Saturday slammed Syrian and Iranian support for Hezbollah and underscored U.S. support for the Israeli reaction to the
provocations by the Shiite guerrillas in Lebanon. "For many years, Syria has been a primary sponsor of Hezbollah and it has helped provide Hezbollah
with shipments of Iranian-made weapons," Bush said in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
"Iran's regime has also repeatedly defied the international community with its ambition for nuclear weapons and aid to terrorist groups. Their
actions threaten the entire Middle East and stand in the way of resolving the current crisis and bringing lasting peace to this troubled region."
Bush reiterated that Hezbollah started the crisis on July 12 when "the terrorist group Hezbollah" launched its raid into Israel that led to the
kidnapping of two soldiers. Israel than began its offensive and Hezbollah rocketed Israeli targets.
"I believe sovereign nations have the right to defend their people from terrorist attack, and to take the necessary action to prevent those
attacks," Bush said, also emphasizing that "we have called on Israel to continue to exercise the greatest possible care to protect innocent
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that a quick cease-fire "will be a false promise if it returns us to the status quo." this
statement alone reveals that we will see no cease-fire anytime soon. also the language used by Condoleezza Rice in fact that " we are seeing the
birth pangs of a new Middle East. And whatever we do, we have to be certain that we are pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the
old one." would suggest that this is the beginning of a change of face for the middle east.
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