White House condemns Hezbollah
The Associated Press
Friday, January 14, 2011; 2:39 PM
WASHINGTON — The U.S. has strongly condemned Hezbollah for quitting Lebanon’s pro-Western government and causing it to collapse. The White House promises to help Lebanon peacefully reconstitute a government. -more
And from the AFP:
Lebanon in crisis ahead of Hariri murder charges
BEIRUT — “Murder charges for ex-premier Rafiq Hariri’s assassination are due on Monday, a day after the head of Hezbollah, members of whose group are expected to be named in the charge sheet, is to address Lebanon.
The long-awaited indictment and Hassan Nasrallah’s speech come with Lebanon in deep crisis after the collapse of the government on Wednesday when Hezbollah and its allies resigned over the probe”. -more
-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973
Barak: New faction to be ‘centralist, Zionist, democratic’ Defense minister says new faction will be called ‘Independence’ and will “do what’s best and right for Israel”; “we are leaving home that we love”; Vilani explains “we weren’t left with choice, it was intolerable.”
From the BBC – by John Cleese.
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.”
Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.
Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.
The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.
Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”
The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Three more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!”, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend”, and “The barbie is cancelled.”
An Israeli Sense of Humor at UN sets the record straight.
An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile.
A representative from Israel began: ‘Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses: When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, ‘What a good opportunity to have a bath!’
Moses removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them!
The Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted, ‘What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren’t there then.’
The Israeli representative smiled and said, ‘And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech…’.