Update: War in the Middle East

| Thu Jul. 27, 2006 1:03 PM EDT

La Solitude du Liban: Excerpts from Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora's emotional speech behind closed doors at the international conference at Rome yesterday: "what future other than one of fear, frustration, financial ruin and fanaticism can stem from the rubble? ... Is the value of human life less in Lebanon than that of citizens elsewhere? Are we children of a lesser God? Is an Israeli teardrop worth more than a drop of Lebanese blood? ... Can the international community continue to stand by while such callous retribution by the state of Israel is inflicted upon us? ... Is this what is called legitimate self-defence?" Siniora also said that Israel had a right of self-defence after the Hezbollah militia captured two of its soldiers earlier in July, launching the offensive.

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