הנני נתן לו בריתי שלום
(במדבר כ״ה י״א)
Behold! I give him my covenant of peace.
07:35 A high ranking Iranian military official interviewed by the Asharq al-Awsatt newspaper, indicated that the Hezbollah has not yet revealed the entirety of its arsenal and would not hesitate to ''surprise and horrify Israel'' if the IDF continues its offensive. He added that 130 Iranian intelligence instructors and agents are currently in Lebanon, helping the Hezbollah. (Guysen.Isra�l.News)
The Jamhour barracks in the hills just east of Beirut and close to the presidential palace and ministry of defence was bombarded four times and then the Kfarchima barracks on the coast south-east of the capital was targeted.Meanwhile, Hezbollah isn't doing Iran's bidding-Iran claims to want a ceasefire, Hezbollah rejects the idea: Hezbollah reject ceasefire proposals
"The bombardment has caused casualties, rescue operations are getting underway," an army spokesman said, without giving further details.
Hezbollah tonight dismissed international ceasefire proposals as “Israeli conditions”, accusing foreign envoys of allowing Israel time to continue its military offensive to force Lebanon into submission.
“The international envoys have conveyed Israeli conditions,” said Hezbollah legislator Hussein Haj Hassan. “These conditions are rejected.”
“We accept what secures our country’s interest and pride and dignity and not to submit to Israeli conditions,” he said on al-Jazeera television.
He spoke after UN and EU envoys as well as France’s prime minister discussed with Lebanon’s government ways to end the six-day-old ferocious fighting between Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas.
The 1936-39 war began with Franco leading a military uprising against Spain's secular, leftist government, and put him in power for nearly four decades.
The war is sometimes called a rehearsal for World War II. The battle between Franco's Nationalists and the Republican forces defending the government inflamed ideological nerves the world over. With Hitler backing Franco and Stalin backing the Republicans, the conflict crystallized the forces — democracy, fascism, communism — soon to clash all across Europe.
Franco's supporters see him as the man who held Spain together and saved it from Bolshevism. His critics call him a dictator who kept fascism alive in Spain for 30 years after World War II.
Given that deep divide, many think silence is still the safest course. That may help explain the government's reluctance to detail the workings of the commission is set up to study the future of the Valley of the Fallen.
In a move reminiscent of U.S. efforts to drive former Panama strongman Manuel Noriega from the Vatican Embassy where he took refuge in 1989, the local council in Rockdale, in Sydney's southern suburbs, started a six-month trial of high-volume hits by Manilow and Doris Day to chase away car enthusiasts who were gathering on weekend nights at Cook Park Reserve.
"Barry's our secret weapon," Rockdale Deputy Mayor Bill Saravinovski told The Daily Telegraph newspaper, four weeks after the start of the effort. "It seems to be working."
But some people living near the park are less than enthralled. They say the barrage of "Copacabana," "Could It Be Magic" and "Que Sera Sera," blasting from 9 p.m. to midnight every Friday, Saturday and Sunday is driving them crazy.
As northern Israel continued to be bombarded with Hizbullah rockets and the Israel Airforce bombed Lebanese targets, Vice Premier Shimon Peres suggested Israel negotiate with Lebanese Premier Fouad Siniora.Good for Olmert. He has stated that the offensive in Lebanon will continue until the soldiers are freed and Hezbollah is disarmed.
Peres made the offer during Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying he thought Israel had nothing to lose in making such a move. But Prime Minister Ehud Olmert categorically rejected the proposal,saying, “There is nothing to talk about the moment.”
The Bush administration is playing a good cop-bad cop routine with Israel. Bush is not taking phone calls from Olmert, but is saying positive things to the press. Sec. of State Rice is the one who is communicating with Israel, and she is putting pressure on Israel not to send in ground forces. The goal is a "ceasefire" in the next 72 hours.
Unfortunately, we are dealing with a novice, confused government that is lacking the essential part of the male anatomy (figuratively this applies also to Livni) that will allow it to mount a ground war in the face of Rice's objections. If we were determined to do so, we damn well could.
WASHINGTON -- "We might be on the cusp of giving billions of dollars worth of our senior's Social Security money to illegal Mexican workers, and it's getting almost no media attention whatsoever," warned Brad Phillips, a spokesman for TREA Senior Citizens League, one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups with 1.2 million members.*There is no such thing as a "Social Security Trust Fund", and anyone who says otherwise is a liar or a fool.
TREA Senior Citizens League filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday morning - after what the group styled as "numerous refusals over three years by the U.S. Department of State and Social Security Administration to provide a draft of - or virtually any pertinent information regarding - the impact of the Totalization Agreement with Mexico on the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund."*
The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is awaiting President Bush's signature.
"President Bush has expressed his support for this Agreement, and we believe that regardless of the current immigration debate, his most likely window for signing it is immediately after the 2006 midterm elections when no one is looking," TREA spokesman Brad Phillips told NewsMax.
Once President Bush approves the agreement, which would be done without congressional vote, either house would have 60 days to disapprove the agreement by voting to reject it.
"We are outraged that our government won't tell us how much they plan to take out of the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for the Totalization Agreement with Mexico, and we want to know what they're hiding," said Ralph McCutchen, Chairman of the TREA Senior Citizens League.
"Our 1.2 million elderly members didn't play by the rules and sacrifice through two World Wars so we could fund millions of workers who crossed the border and decided to work here illegally," McCutchen added.