UPDATED: Israel's Regime Change (10.57 am est)

3 of 220: The number of Lebanese dead who were Hezbollah militants.

Here's the opening to former Israeli general Uri Avnery's take on the conflict:


The aim is to change the regime in Lebanon and to install a puppet government.
That was the aim of Ariel Sharon's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It failed. But Sharon and his pupils in the military and political leadership have never really given up on it.
As in 1982, the present operation, too, was planned and is being carried out in full coordination with the US
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As then, there is no doubt that it is coordinated with a part of the Lebanese elite.
That's the main thing. Everything else is noise and propaganda.
Read the rest HERE.

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Creating Hate:

Q: How does Israel create even more hate?

A: Send 100,000 Lebanese fleeing from Israeli shelling into Syria.

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Iran/Hezbollah want prisoner swap/Fox eschews nonviolence (video)

Here's where things stand: Israel's Prime Minister is saying that nothing short of the return of its captured soldiers will stop the fighting.

On the other side, as Aljazeera reports, "Officials from Iran, the main military and financial backer of Hezbollah, said that a cease-fire and a prisoner swap would be "an acceptable and fair" deal to resolve the conflict.

"In fact, there can be a cease-fire followed by a prisoner swap," said Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister after talks with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa in Damascus.

Though Israel isn't biting a UN team, led by Vijay Nambiar, is trying to broker a ceasefire. He's set to meet with the Israeli Foreign Minister tomorrow.

Fox, for its part, interviewed Lebanese ambassador Amba Nouhad Mahmoud outside the UN. As he told her he had no idea where the captured Israeli soldiers are and that the Lebanese government is working toward a consensus on stopping Hezbollah, a woman stepped into the picture to advocate for nonviolenc. Here's what happened (thanks to Judy):



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Here's an excellent presentation on Hezbollah from the NY Times:
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Israel detains Arab editor

Update: Israel has stepped up its attacks on Hezbollah and non-Hezbollah targets and has, for the second time in 48 hours, detained Aljazeerah's local bureau chief, Walid al-Umari, and confiscated his papers...

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