Thursday, August 03, 2006

Qana death toll revised downward and other Qana news

According to the Red Crescent the initial death toll at Qana was 28 not 60+.

The Red Cross announced yesterday that 28 bodies, including those of 19 children, had been found at the site. Additional bodies are expected to be found over the coming days.

source: Haaretz News

The Red Crescent is a branch of the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement.

The often-heard term International Red Cross is actually a misnomer, as no official organization exists bearing that name. In reality, the Movement consists of several distinct organizations that are legally independent from each other, but are united within the Movement through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes, and governing organs.

source: Wikipedia

In Other Qana related news:

The UN Peacekeeper idea is dead in the water. Mainly because the [shudder] French [/Shudder] want to return to the status quo ante of Hezbollah being able to attack Israel at will before discussing force structure. The US wants agreement on force structure and enforcement capabilities before discussing a cease fire.

At the UN the Israeli ambassador took the Lebanese ambassador to task when Qana was addressed, telling him in essence, "This wouldn't have happened if your government and your army had met their responsibilities" (I heard this on the radio last night if I can find the actual quote I will post it)

I have said before that I am not a huge fan of the Israeli government. Mainly because of spying and theft of secret issues, plus their attitude in a couple of extradition cases a few years ago. In this case however I think they are 100% right and I am glad someone is finally pointing out the hypocrisy of the other governments in that area.

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