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Benevolent United States Pledges $230 Million To Lebanon

[President Bush] said the United States has already offered active assistance in the form of diplomacy as well as cash and humanitarian aid, including 20,000 tons of wheat and $230 million in assistance. The president said $25 million of that pledge has been spent on rebuilding already.

In addition, Bush said reopening the Beirut airport to passenger and humanitarian aid flights and ensuring a steady fuel supply for Lebanese power plants and automobiles are high priorities. Bush said other priorities include tapping into the private sector to find ways to help people rebuild their homes, rehabilitating schools before the new school year begins, cleaning up an oil slick near coastal communities and proposing a $42 million package to help train and equip Lebanon's armed forces.


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I wonder how much of our money was spent on the rockets that caused the damage in the first place?

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I wonder how much of our money was spent on the rockets that caused the damage in the first place?
I dunno? Probably a lot more?

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first he bombs them, then a few days later he's calling the Lebanese our friends

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of course we should just let those opposed to Israel drive the Jews into the sea?
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of course we should just let those opposed to Israel drive the Jews into the sea?

Of course not. But decimating southern Lebanon, when Hezbollah is getting most of its support from Iran and Syria, doesn't make a lot of sense, either.

In all seriousness, do you think Israel is safer for the Lebanon campaign? Long or short run? Because my sense of it is that if anything, the Lebanese as a whole are a lot MORE likely to support Hezbollah now than they were previously.

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I wonder how much of our money was spent on the rockets that caused the damage in the first place?
Well, Isreal does have a lot of the latest in American Military High Tech Toys! But, Hezbollah gets a great deal of help from Syria and Iran. Lebanon is sort of cuaght in the middle.
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I wonder how much of our money was spent on the rockets that caused the damage in the first place?

Same thing in Iraq too. Destroy it with tax payers hard earned money then rebill it with more tax payers money. The only ones benefiting are the defense contractors and those with strong political ties to get these building contract. Haliburton anyone.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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After this war Hezbollah is not only popular in Lebanon, it is popular in all Arab countries. This war didn't do Israel any good. It simply created more people willing to fight it to the bitter end. A diplomatic solution would have fared much better. Hezbollah was not crushed, merely bruised. This to them is victory. They will claim they withstand the might army of Israel and the United States and came out on top... This for them is victory. Now there is more encouragement and defiance in the Arab nations to do what Hezbollah is perceived to have done. Iran will become an ever more fearsome foe. They will get their nukes and the whole balance in the middle east will change. Iran with Nukes means the other middle eastern countries that hate Israel will get nukes as well... by stealth. Sanctions will not penalize Iran it will penalize the West when they remove their oil from the market. Get ready to pay 7 bucks and upwards for oil when this happens. Iran is now flush with oil cash, it will weather the sanctions. Iraq did for more than 10 years under Sadam. Look at the speed with which Lebanon is being rebuilt.... a lot of available cash from Iran. Plus countries like Russia and China will not ratify sanctions for Iran. Oil for the is too much a commodity .. they will not cut off their nose to spit their face. Definite recession on the horizon for the US.

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Of course not. But decimating southern Lebanon, when Hezbollah is getting most of its support from Iran and Syria, doesn't make a lot of sense, either.

In all seriousness, do you think Israel is safer for the Lebanon campaign? Long or short run? Because my sense of it is that if anything, the Lebanese as a whole are a lot MORE likely to support Hezbollah now than they were previously.
I Have Lebanese friends who are Sunni and Christian. They tell me that Hezbollah only has support form shiites and this won't change. Think about it, have you seen any Sunni Arabs in arab governments that have praised Hezbollah? Even Al Queda has not done this. There is no way that Sunni Arabs will support Hezbollah and this is because it is shiite. As for Syria, it is supporting Hezbollah but remember that Assad is an Allowite which is an offshoot of Shiism. That is why Syria was always cozy with Iran and supported in its war against Iraq despite both Asad and Saddam being fellow Baathists. Religion is the most important thing in the Middle East even if you supposingly are from the same political party.

As for shiites, the support for Hezbollah will remain unchanged It cannot possibly be more than it is before the bombing. Shiite support for Hezbollah was always at its peak. There is no peak after the peak.
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So that's where New Orleans went wrong; it was hit with a hurricane instead of a barrage of bombs.

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So that's where New Orleans went wrong; it was hit with a hurricane instead of a barrage of bombs.
That's exactly what I was thinking.

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