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Lebanon: Peace Group’s ‘Dear John’ Letter


Reports that the United States plans to allow Israel another few days of bombing Lebanon before Washington calls for a ceasefire have stirred little outrage here, but that’s no surprise when dependable lefties like West Side Rep. Jerry Nadler ask stunning questions like, “Since when should a response to aggression and murder be proportionate?”

United for Peace and Justice, the umbrella group that has orchestrated protests against the Iraq war, is planning to break that silence from 4 to 5:30 tomorrow afternoon by delivering a letter to the 45th Street office of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton calling for the U.S. to demand an immediate cessation of the fighting that everyone agrees has killed dozens of civilians on either side of the border—and which a top U.N. official says could constitute war crimes.

Needless to say, the letter is unlikely to move Bolton, who yesterday said: “Among other things, I want somebody to address the problem of how you get a cease-fire with a terrorist organization”—the examples of Hamas (until recently), the IRA, Basque separatists, and the Tamil Tigers, among others, notwithstanding.

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