i was just reading a market summary that is behind a firewall so i’m not linking to it, when i ran across a sentence that i have been seeing repeatedly (in my bold):
The market continues to eye developments in the Middle East. Israel says it plans to secure its border with Lebanon by creating a buffer “security” zone that will stay in place until an international force can be deployed, the BBC reported, quoting Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
“We have no other option. We have to build a new security strip that will be a cover for our forces,” said Peretz. His remarks come as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continues her diplomatic push for peace in the region.
the thing that is confusing to me is that she keeps stating that she is not there to make peace. it is the united states’ express position that this bloodbath will end when israel’s conditions are met, and no sooner. the conditions keep broadening too, as she is states that she doesn’t want a return to “the status quo”. that isn’t a diplomatic push for peace by any definition:
The fighting came as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
arrived in the region, making an unannounced stop in Beirut, where she
met Lebanon’s prime minister, Fouad Siniora. Ms. Rice expressed concern
for Lebanese suffering, and the United States said it would give $30
million to aid in the country’s recovery. “Thank you for your courage
and steadfastness,” she told Mr. Siniora.
But the visit was
tense. Mr. Siniora angrily described the damage to his country,
including about 380 people killed and some 750,000 displaced, and,
according to a statement released by his office, said the Israeli
bombing had set Lebanon back “50 years.”
Ms. Rice said
Washington would support a cease-fire once Hezbollah freed two Israeli
soldiers taken captive 13 days ago and pulled back from the border with
Israel, said C. David Welch, the assistant secretary of state for Near
She repeated the message in a later meeting with
an emotional Nabih Berri, the speaker of Parliament and a Hezbollah
ally and presumed intermediary, who insisted that a cease-fire come
first, and then a prisoner exchange.
so, why write that condi is there to make peace when she quite clearly is not? because it sounds good?