Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Robert Fisk, in Beirut, reports...

Robert Fisk, chief Middle East correspondent for the London Independent. Described by the New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain", he has over thirty years of experience in international reporting, and he's a regular guest on Democracy Now.

Goodman interviewed Fisk, who lives in Beirut, today.

This morning the death tolls were 242 Lebanese and 24 Israeli civilians. Fisk stated
But it's a tragedy of immense proportions, because it’s also tearing apart a country. In the last 24 hours we found the Israelis have turned to attacking a milk factory, Liban Lait -- it’s actually the producers of milk I drink every morning in my tea -- a paper box factory, for heaven’s sakes, hardly a terrorist target. We've already seen them smash up the runways of Beirut Airport and destroy part of the -- most of the lighthouse, the new Manara lighthouse, in Beirut. The Israelis today even attacked the factory which imports Procter & Gamble goods here. We've had an ambulance convoy, a convoy of new ambulances from the United Emirates, cross from Syria into Lebanon, got attacked from the air. It's an all-out war against the economy infrastructure of a country that was at last beginning to look modern again, after the 15 years of civil war, which cost 150,000 lives. And it's very sad to see.

Fisk is furious with Hezbollah for providing the excuse Israel needed to attack Lebannon. It's senseless to blame the Lebanese government, "who can't even control a water faucet, let alone a Hezbollah militia man."

He's angry with all the players who are killing innocent civilians. So am I Mr. Fisk so am I.

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