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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 06:58 PM
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Water infrastructure in Southern Lebanon has been destroyed
Open canels and irrigation channels have been knocked out, and several villages and miles of farmland are now without water. The crops are lost.

Lebanese officials fear Israel's intentions in south Lebanon given past history:

But the enduring suspicion in Lebanon that Israel regards the water of the Litani as its own and the lands to its south as a security perimeter help explain Beirut's reluctance to accept any U.N. cease-fire resolution that does not call for an immediate Israeli withdrawal from the region.

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Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, who would become the first president of Israel, in 1919 included the Litani valley among the "minimum requirements essential to the realization of the Jewish National Home." David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, proposed including the Litani again in the 1940s on the eve of the creation of the Jewish state. In the 1950s, historical records show, Moshe Dayan, then chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, and others favored occupying and ultimately annexing southern Lebanon up to the Litani River.


Israel responds to the allegations:

Israeli officials say any damage to water facilities is collateral to strikes on bridges and roads used by Hezbollah to transport weapons.

"The whole idea that we are trying somehow and this is going back to conspiracy theories that we are trying to steal Litani water is ridiculous," said Regev, the Foreign Ministry spokesman.


The main irrigation canel that waters 9,800 acres of farmland has been blown up, and the banana crops for the whole area are lost, and the farmers have fled.

"All the farmers depend on this water. It's drying up. There's nothing left here. It's collapsing," said Mohammed Saghir, a Qasmiya shop owner who stayed behind because he had nowhere to run.


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-lit...
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:06 PM
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1. "...and this is going back to conspiracy theories..."
"The whole idea that we are trying somehow and this is going back to conspiracy theories that we are trying to steal Litani water is ridiculous."

Now, who does that sound like?

I'm just sayin'.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:11 PM
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2. There might have been liquids in those irrigation canals, so they
were bombed in self defense!
Obvious :sarcasm:
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:14 PM
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3. In one of the most arid places on Earth ...
This is horrendous
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:17 PM
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4. evil terrorists were hiding in the water
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:21 PM
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5. Everyone with a brain knew that Israel wanted the water.
So now that they've destroyed the infrustructure for transporting that water in Lebanon, It's all going to make it down-river to Israel.

Israel succeeds again in stealing what what they want.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:49 PM
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6. Hah! I brought up the water question WEEKS ago and DU conventional wisdom
would have none of it.

Yeah, I'm a damn conspiracy theorist -- the geopolitics practiced by the military/corporate complex IS a conspiracy. The PNAC/Israel nexus is all about reshaping the Middle East, and they have their particular philosophical theories to justify it.

sw
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QuestionAll... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:57 PM
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7. then I must be unconventional...
thank you. ;)

yes, I do recall your post and was in agreement.
kudos to you.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:19 PM
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8. Bless the "unconventional"!
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 09:14 PM by scarletwoman
Thanks for your post! :D

sw

(edited for spelling error in subject line -- d'oh)
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