Civilian Suffering in Lebanon

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Via Juan Cole, Israel’s bombing campaign now encompasses strikes on Greek Orthodox churches and milk factories far from Shiite areas, suggesting that crippling Hezbollah is only part of the plan. He writes, “These strikes are war crimes and part of a continuing Israeli campaign to ensure that Lebanon is economically poor and weak for decades to come.” Late Tuesday the Lebanese death toll stood at more than 200, only a handful of them military. Eric Umansky, reading the Post, notes that Israel is targeting gas stations, and asks, “How long can you keep people without the ability to travel and get food?”

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