19 July, 2006

Blowin' In The Wind.

How many road must a man walk down,
Before you call him a man?
Yes,'n' how many seas must a white dove sail,
Before she sleep in the sand?
Yes,'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly,
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up.
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have,
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take,
till he knows that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist,
Before it is washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist,
Before they are allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
- Bob Dylon


I like this song, yes, I can listen to it over and over, some how, I feel this song best describe the present situation around us in this globe.

Today ABC's headline news : "Israeli Ground Troop enter Lebanon."
Israeli Military Sends Small Number of Ground Troops Into Lebanon to Search for Tunnels, Weapons.

Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed more than 260 people and displaced 500,000. The military said early Wednesday it sent some troops into southern Lebanon in search of tunnels and weapons.

Despite the diplomatic activity, Israel is in no hurry to end its offensive, which it sees as a unique opportunity to crush Hezbollah. The Islamic militants appear to have steadily built up their military strength after Israel pulled its troops out of southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli warplanes struck an army base outside Beirut and other areas in south Lebanon on Tuesday, killing 27 people, and Hezbollah rockets battered Israeli towns, killing one Israeli. Five big explosions reverberated over Beirut early Wednesday, and missiles hit towns to the east and south of the capital.

At daybreak Wednesday, a small number of Israeli troops were operating just across the border inside southern Lebanon, looking for tunnels and weapons, the Israeli military said without providing any more details.

The incursion came a day after Israel indicated that it might send large numbers of ground troops into the southern Lebanon, but Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman denied Wednesday's operation was part of any such operation.

"What is going on at the moment is a number of Israeli ground troops very near to the border on the Lebanese side, trying to destroy some Hezbollah outposts," he told CNN.

"This is an operation which is very measured, very local," he said. "This is no way an invasion of Lebanon. This is no way the beginning of any kind of occupation of Lebanon."

Israel's forecast of a lengthy campaign, coupled with President Bush's evident reluctance to bring pressure on Israel to agree to a cease-fire, seemed to quash any hopes for an early resolution of the crisis, now entering its second week.

In another news from Reuters,
Israel unleashed fierce air strikes on Lebanon on Wednesday, killing 46 civilians and a Hizbollah fighter, as boats and buses left Beirut laden with thousands of foreigners fleeing the eight-day-old conflict.

Israeli ground troops crossed the border in what the Israeli army called restricted attacks on Hizbollah guerrilla positions in south Lebanon. Hizbollah said it had repelled the raids.

Despite international diplomatic efforts, there was no sign Israel or its Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim foes were ready to heed the Beirut government's pleas for an immediate halt to a war that has cost 282 lives in Lebanon and 25 in Israel.


Hizbollah, backed by Syria and
Iran, wants to swap two Israeli soldiers it captured on July 12 for Lebanese and Palestinians in Israeli jails. Israel is determined to drive the guerrillas from the south to halt cross-border rocket attacks.



"The intensive fighting against the Hizbollah organization shall continue ... with the aim of returning the kidnapped soldiers to Israel, bringing about the cessation of rocket fire on communities and Israeli targets and to remove this threat," Israel's inner cabinet said in a statement.

At least 12 Lebanese, including several children, were killed and 30 wounded in an Israeli air strike that destroyed several houses in the southern village of Srifa, residents said.

"There was a massacre in Srifa," the village's mayor, Afif Najdi, told Reuters, saying the death toll could climb to at least 17 once all the bodies had been pulled from the rubble.

At least 34 other civilians were killed in air strikes that hammered other parts of south and east Lebanon, security sources said. Hizbollah said one of its fighters was killed.

More Hizbollah rockets fell on the Israeli city of Haifa and one hit an empty seafront restaurant. A few people were hurt.

An Israeli helicopter fired two rockets at trucks with drilling gear in a leafy road in Ashrafiya, a Christian district in the heart of Beirut, witnesses said. No one was hurt.

Lebanon's acting Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat said Israel was trying to destroy all his country's infrastructure, not just to attack Hizbollah. "I don't know what they're doing, are they turning it into a second
Iraq?" he asked.

The conflict has forced about 100,000 Lebanese to flee their homes. Panicked foreigners have flooded out of the country.

"It's very bad, very sad, I can't believe what's happening," said a tearful Lubna Jaber, an Australian who had come to visit relatives in Lebanon. She was waiting in downtown Beirut with about 350 compatriots to board buses and then a ferry to Turkey.

"Have you seen the pictures of the children who were killed? The world should see them, especially the Americans who support Israel," said the 28-year-old, holding her six-year-old son


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