Monday, July 31, 2006

The Senate's true maverick

It's not John McCain, it's Chuck Hagel. CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Urging President Bush to turn all U.S. efforts toward "ending this madness," a leading Republican senator Monday broke with the Bush administration and called for an immediate cease-fire in the Mideast.

"The sickening slaughter on both sides must end and it must end now," Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel said. "President Bush must call for an immediate cease-fire. This madness must stop."

The Bush administration has refused to call for Israel to halt its attacks on southern Lebanon, joining Israel in insisting that Hezbollah fighters must be pushed back from the Israeli-Lebanese border.


Blogger Ezzie said...

Honestly, I've been confused with you the last few days (which is why I haven't commented). What do you think a ceasefire would accomplish? Do you in fact know what's going on in Israel and Lebanon these days? Or why Israel was targeting anything in Qana in the first place? A ceasefire would be incredibly foolish and accomplish absolutely nothing. This war must not end until Hizbollah is destroyed completely. It's either Israel or Hizbollah that must go, and I think anyone in their right minds would choose Hizbollah.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Senator Hagel is quite right. The longer the violence against the worse situation Israel will find itself in. Public opinion in the Arab world is turning even more against the U.S. and Israel and further civilian deaths will only help the cause of the terrorists.

12:02 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Ezzie, I want Hizbollah shattered. However, the current conflict risks tremendous long term problems. When Hosni Mubarak and Sistani agree on geopolitics, one should listen. From Israel's perspective, what they are doing is necessary and proper. I understand that. However, it's going to spread far beyond this current conflict.

Maybe there are no longer any good choices.

Charlie, I agree. But I would add that the Arab street already hates our guts. Changing that sentiment will take a great deal more than once cease fire.

5:26 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Oh, two more points. 1. this conflct is waking me up at 430 each morning. I am deeply concerned. and, 2. this headline/post is really more about john mccain's pro-bush oddness. (cheers to his youngest son, though.) of course, i try to be subtle with my points, and that is probably why no one reads me.

5:29 AM  

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