They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Saturday, July 29, 2006

UN: "It has to stop"


Top United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Jan Egeland proposed a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to the UN Security Council on Friday in an effort to rescue children and infirm trapped by the ongoing violence between the Hizbollah militia and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in southern Lebanon.

"There is something fundamentally wrong with the war where there are more dead children than armed men," Egeland told reporters after the closed-door briefing. "It has to stop."

The Lebanese death toll has risen in the two weeks of fighting and is now estimated to be between 400 and 600, with children comprising one-third of all casualties, according to Egeland.

The 72-hour humanitarian truce would be to rescue the sick, the elderly, children, and those in southern Lebanon who are caught in the crossfire and unable to get out of the way due to lack of safety or lack of access because of bombed bridges and roads. The truce would also enable aid workers to bring in supplies for hospitals and bring out those who wanted to leave.

"This should be done in the spirit that the children have nothing to do with this conflict. The children should be helped, should be assisted, and the firing should stop, at least until that is solved," said Egeland. Read more