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Originally posted by jam321
reply to post by paul76
I would have to say yes. Despite the anger many Arabs have shown toward Egypt, they are still not opening that border. I think they want to make sure Hamas don't come through with the innocent.
Israel has said it will open a humanitarian corridor into the Gaza Strip for "civilian operations" in a sign that Tel Aviv is feeling the pressure from the international community.
Kouchner said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and French President Nicolas Sarkozy had announced the plan at a press conference.
"We are awaiting the Israeli response and we harbor hope that it will be a positive one," Kouchner said.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokesman, Mark Regev told The Associated Press, "We are holding off comments on that for the time being."
On their own, Israel and Hamas are doomed to a perpetual state of war no matter how much international diplomatic horsepower is applied to resolving the conflict. But there is a solution that the world has been adroitly avoiding for 40 years.
The Security Council needs to show some rare backbone and authorize a strong UN force under the UN Charter's Chapter 7, which authorizes the use of deadly force as necessary, and deploy it within the Gaza Strip, taking on the responsibility to provide the security to which Israel is entitled.
The oft-expressed idea of putting international monitors into the Gaza Strip to control smuggling and the firing of rockets is ludicrous: Hamas would run rings around any unarmed outsiders whose only mandate was to "observe and report."
JERUSALEM, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Israeli leaders will debate on Wednesday whether to order their armed forces to storm into the Gaza Strip's urban centres, the planned culmination of an 11-day-old offensive, political sources said.
Escalating from a week-long air assault, Israeli troops and tanks invaded the Hamas-ruled territory on Saturday, clashing with Palestinian guerrillas but not advancing beyond the outskirts of the city of Gaza or other densely populated areas.
In light of diplomatic pressure, army officials know forces must inflict heavy blow on Hamas in days left till completion of Gaza operation. Forces operating in Strip become familiar with enemy's modes of operation, say Hamas formed underground city of tunnels, weapons
Originally posted by JanusFIN
reply to post by GAOTU789
I think that international troops should come from Buddist country, maybe from Asian Union together. Only third party who can help in this mess, have to even look different. If you put there more muslims, or christians, situation will be unfair to other side.
Only Asian Buddist troops can be used effectively in between those troops and peoples, to earn respect from both sides.
Buddhists Countries with the greatest proportion of Buddhists from Buddhism by country (as of 2007):
Laos 98% (mostly Theravada with traditional animist)
Bhutan 97% (mostly Lamaistic, Hindu 2%, other 1%)
Japan 96% (mostly Mahayana with Shinto, Japanese 3%, Christian 0.8%, Muslim 0.1%)
Cambodia 95% (mostly Theravada, Muslim 3%, Christian and other 2%)
Thailand 95% (Theravada, Muslim 4%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.3%)
Mongolia 94% (mostly Tibetan, Muslim 5%, Christian and other 1%)
Republic of China 93% (mostly "Triple religion", Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%)
Hong Kong 90% (mostly "Triple religion", Christian and others 10%)
Myanmar 90% (Theravada with traditional animist, Christian 4%, Muslim 4%, other)
Vietnam 85% ("Triple religion", Christian 8%, Cao Dai 3%, Atheist and other 3.5%)
Macau 85% ("Triple religion", Christian 8%, Atheist or other 7%)
People's Republic of China 80% ("Triple religion", Atheist 12.5%, Christian 4%, Muslim 1.5%)
Sri Lanka 70% (Theravada, Hindu 15%, Christian 7.9%, Muslim 7.1%)
North Korea 64.5% (Mahayana with Confucianist, Atheist 33.5%, other 2%)
Singapore 61% ("Triple religion", Muslim 14.9%, Christian 14.6%, Hindu 4%, other)
South Korea 50% (Mahayana with Confucianist, Christian 30%, other 1%)
Malaysia 22% (Muslim 60.3%, "Triple religion", Christian 9%, Hindu 6.3%, other 2.4%)
Brunei 14% (Muslim 67%, "Triple religion", Christian 10%, other 9%)
Nepal 11% (Hindu 81%, Tibetian Buddhist, Muslim 4%, other 4%)
French Polynesia 7.5% (mostly Chinese Buddhism)