Monday, August 14, 2006

Minute by Minute:: August 14

Source: Tayyar, New TV and other news sources

  • 23:30 Israeli helicopters circle over towns of al-Saksakiyeh and al-Loubiyeh on Monday night, 15 km south of Saida; drop flare bombs
  • 23:00 Lebanese defense minister announces 15,000 Lebanese soldiers will be deployed north of Litani River by end of week
  • 20:38 Hassan Nasrallah in televised speech on Manar TV
  • 19:00 Olmert takes responsibility for war; Tunisia calls for Arab summit
  • 18:50 Israeli army says it has begun pulling out some of its troops from southern Lebanon, but ban on travel south of Litani still in place
  • 17:47 International forces: Hezbollah and Israeli army relying on us to evacuate isolated soldiers
  • 16:55 AP: Israeli army: 6 Hezbollah fighters killed since start of ceasefire
  • 16:36 Olmert: Israeli will pursue Hezbollah everywhere and at all times
  • 16:35 Arab Israeli Knesset member Ahmed Tibi and another member were ejected from Knesset after heckling Olmert’s speech to Knesset
  • 16:20 Italian foreign minister speaks from Grand Serail: Italy and Europe will contribute to lifting Lebanon out of crisis, enforcing ceasefire and establishing firm basis for future peace.
  • 16:15 Olmert speaks to Knesset on cessation of military operations
  • 15:17 Israeli troops destroy Lebanese army barracks in Marjeyoun before retreating from town
  • 15:15 Civil organizations and municipalities ask residents not to rush back to their villages
  • 15:15 Israeli airplanes circle over southern Lebanon
  • 15:05 Israeli army asks residents of southern Lebanon not to return to villages
  • 14:45 Israeli defense minister Amir Peretz says he will open investigation into war on Lebanon
  • 14:40 Israeli troops retreat from Marjeyoun to northern Israel
  • 14:06 Israeli army says it killed 2 Hezbollah fighters after ceasefire in southern Lebanon
  • 14:05 Residents of southern Lebanon warned not to touch strange objects, as mines and cluster bombs found in villages
  • 14:00 Tunisia calls for emergency Arab Summit to discuss rebuilding of Lebanon
  • 13:37 Israel breaches ceasefire less than five hours after its implementation
  • 13:32 Residents of Southern Suburb of Beirut flock back to neighborhood
  • 13:30 Israel admits 116 soldiers killed in battles and over 750 wounded
  • 11:42 One person killed in cluster bomb explosion in Ansar
  • 10:15 Residents of villages in southern Lebanon warned not to touch any strange objects
  • 09:57 Time bomb explodes in Yohmor, injuring one person
  • 09:53 Choking traffic near Zahrani as result of thousands of Lebanese returning to southern Lebanon
  • 09:42 Reuters: thousands of Lebanese return to southern Lebanon after implementation of ceasefire
  • 09:30 Israeli army announces it will continue air and sea blockade of Lebanon despite implementation of UN resolution for ceasefire
  • 09:25 Israel announces it is pulling out of some locations it had entered in southern Lebanon
  • 08:00 Ceasefire begins officially
  • 07:51 Israeli air strikes target eastern Sour (Tyre)
  • 07:45 Fierce Israeli artillery shelling on Kfar Shouba
  • 07:43 Israeli air strike on Kayfoun hills in Mount Lebanon
  • 07:30 Fierce Israeli artillery shelling on southern Sour (Tyre)
  • 07:25 Warning sirens in several settlements in northern Israel
  • 07:24 Israeli air strikes on Jouwaya, al-Ramadiyeh and Shahrour – Arzoun triangle
  • 07:23 Israeli air strike on Sidiqeen and shelling on Ras al-Ain
  • 07:10 Israeli air strike on Ain Bourdai in Baalbek
  • 07:00 Javier Solana wants UN troops to be sent to Lebanon quickly
  • 06:45 Israel attacks eastern Lebanon before start of ceasefire
  • 04:15 Newspaper: Olmert orders Israeli army to implement ceasefire in Lebanon
  • 03:27 Israeli army estimates 530 Hezbollah fighters killed
  • 01:40 Israel and Hezbollah clash in fiercest battles hours before ceasefire
  • 01:02 UN secretary general’s personal representative in Lebanon, Geir Pederson confirms, after meeting with Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora, that Lebanon will respect ceasefire as of 8:00 local time (5:00 GMT) on Monday morning
  • 00:50 Forty people killed and injured tonight in Israeli air strike on Brital in Beqaa
  • 00:42 Israeli landing attempt on Ayaat plains west of Baalbek
  • 00:25 al-Jazeera correspondent: 25 people killed and injured in Israeli air strikes on Brital in Beqaa


Blogger Daniel F said...

Due Diligence

Neither Congress, nor Senate, nor media, nor editorial writers nor voters performed Due Diligence and as a result we have lost more than 3,000 service men and women and face certain defeat in Iraq. Yet now these same institutions that have the responsibility to thoroughly examine proposed military actions before they are allowed to just happen have again refused to do Due Diligence with respect to the deployment of more than 20,000 sailors and marines to the Persian Gulf.

The Iranians have Russian-made SS-N-22 Sunburn and more advanced SS-NX-26 Yakhonts anti-ship missiles which were designed to sink American aircraft carriers. Both the Sunburn and the Yakhonts are unstoppable killing machines. The Sunburn has a range of 90 miles and travels at Mach 2.5 nine feet above sea level. The Yakhonts has a range of 180 miles. The Sunburn and the Yakhonts both have air launched versions which can threaten U.S. naval forces in the Gulf of Oman and as far away as the American Navy base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Iranians also have 300 NATO made Exocets. An Exocet destroyed the HMS Sheffield during the Falkland Islands war. The Iranians also have submarines and commercial freighters capable of firing Exocets. Additionally, they have Chinese Silkworm anti-ship missiles. What this means is that within minutes of any attack on Iran by either Israel or the United States we will lose 20,000 plus sailors and marines. Those who do not die immediately could be captured by the Iranians. Are we prepared to bargain with Iran for the release of a thousand or more sailors and marines?

The question none in the Senate and the Congress have dared to ask is, "Just what is their mission?" Are they to serve as another Pearl Harbor type incident to launch World War III? Hillary Mann, the former National Security Council Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Affairs, has said the Bush administration policy is to provoke Iran into a response and to use that as an a pretext to conduct a limited air war against Iran.

Our 20,000 plus sailors and marines in the Gulf have no known military function. I repeat: They have no known military function which does not include their dying. They cannot attack Iran without being sacrificed. The press and the Congress should be asking if the President has sent them on a suicide mission. The administrations should be hounded until they tell us why so many our sailors are being deployed in the Gulf where they can all be killed in minutes. What is the reasoning behind this madness? If it is to provoke an air war as Hillary Mann has said , can the Bush administration guarantee that the Iranians will limit their response to just sitting there and taking a pounding as the Lebanese did last summer?

Can they guarantee that the 300 plus planes in the Iranian Air Force which face certain destruction will not be used in suicide missions? Can they guarantee that their F-14 Tomcats armed with advanced Yakhonts anti-ship missiles will not sink our aircraft carrier battle groups well outside the Gulf? Can they guarantee that 200 or more Iranian planes will not be used against American ground forces in Iraq? Can they guarantee that the 40,000 armed and trained suicide mission volunteers Iran already has recruited will not be used against American troops on the ground in
Iraq and Afghanistan? Can they guarantee that the cut off of supplies when the Persian Gulf shuts down will not seriously endanger our troops in Iraq? Can they guarantee that the Iranians will not cut the two roads from Kuwait into Iraq so our troops on the ground run out of munitions to defend themselves?

Can they guarantee that Iran has not deployed any of their 40,000 suicide mission volunteers in America? Can they guarantee the safety of metropolitan Houston which has two dozen major refineries and chemical plants that all can be destoryed in minutes by dedicated and trained suicide bombers? Can they give the same guarantee for all other American cities?

Can the Bush administration guarantee that the shutting down of the Persian Gulf will not send the price of oil beyond $300 a barrel and gasoline to $10.00 a gallon? Can they guarantee that the dollar will not collapse? If the dollar does collapse, can they guarantee that inflation doe not cut the value of pensions and savings by 40 or 50%? Can they guarantee that millions of Americans will not lose their jobs when gasoline hits $10.00 a gallon? Can they can guarantee that millions of Americans will not lose their homes in foreclosure?

Where is the Loyal Opposition? Where are the Republican Senators and Congressman who in the past have told us to support our troops? Where are the editorial writers who were negligent in examing the pre-Iraq war intelligence? Where are the voters, the informed electorate?

We must demand that the Senate and the House hold hearings on the deployment of so many men and women into harms way. They must perform Due Diligence before anyone dies -- not afterwards as was the case in the Iraq disaster.

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Blogger Linda said...

People had better live in peace.

April 16, 2008 7:06 PM  

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