"Birth pangs of the new Middle East"? Some of those precision munitions the U.S. recently rushed to Israel?
REUTERS -- U.N. officials said four military observers were killed when an Israeli bomb hit their base in southern Lebanon.Who would know better than Condoleezza Rice about "birth pangs" and how awful but necessary they can be? Rami G. Khouri comments from Beirut.
Annan asked Israel to conduct an investigation into the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the post.
Milos Strugar, spokesman for the UNIFIL peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said: "There were 14 other incidents of firing close to this position in the afternoon from the Israeli side and the firing continued during the rescue operation," he said.
Just before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started her short trip to the Middle East on Sunday, she described the massive destruction, dislocation and human suffering in Lebanon as an inevitable part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East."First Iraq. Now Lebanon. What's next for the neocon geniuses who are determined to create a "new Middle East," labor pains and all?
From my perspective here in Beirut, where she landed on Monday, as I watch American-supplied Israeli jets smash this country to smithereens, her "birth pangs" look much more like a wicked hangover from a decades-old American orgy of diplomatic intoxication with the enticements of pro-Israeli politics.