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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Urgent Action for YOU ALL

If you care, please take 5 minutes:

1. Draft letter below - copy, modify and fax, email or post it - please keep
it to 5 minutes
2. Find your congressman, senator or representative at _www.congress.org_
3. Article from New York Times

Assume you were held in traffic for 5 minutes, hope not, use that time to do
this. Next time you complain, shame on you for not taking the action. Save
the copy. Forward to your friends with your own personal notes...if you wish to
send a copy to post on the upcoming website to _muslimagenda@gmail.com_

Just do it please, so you can say, you care.

Mike Ghouse
World Muslim congress
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1. A draft.

Dear __________________ (congressman, senator or president)

The dangerous people are bent on annihilating each other. We have to stop
this. Justice is the core principle of all religions, including yours and mine.
We have to answer God.

Please push for immediate cease-fire and push to stop supplying weapons to
Israel, let's not be an accessory to murders of human beings.

Name;
Full address:
email:
Phone Number.

If you wish to add statements from the Holy Bible, Torah, Qur'aan and Gita
all say this truth
- Love your neighbor
- Saving a life is like saving the whole humanity
- Killing a life is like killing the whole humanity
- The whole world is one family.
- ....
__________________________________________________________


_http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/22/world/middleeast/22military.html?_r=1&oref=
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Weapons
U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of
precision-guided bombs to _Israel_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/israel/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) , which requested
the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against
_Hezbollah_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/h/hezbollah/index.html?inline=nyt-org) targets in _Lebanon_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/lebanon/index.html?inlin
e=nyt-geo
) , American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively
little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its
disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance
that the _United States_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/unitedstates/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) is actively
aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s
efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.


The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a
multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to
draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel’s request for expedited
delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some
military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of
targets in Lebanon to strike.
Secretary of State _Condoleezza Rice_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/condoleezza_rice/index.html?inline=nyt-per) said
Friday that she would head to Israel on Sunday at the beginning of a round of
Middle Eastern diplomacy. The original plan was to include a stop to Cairo in her
travels, but she did not announce any stops in Arab capitals.
Instead, the meeting of Arab and European envoys planned for Cairo will take
place in Italy, Western diplomats said. While Arab governments initially
criticized Hezbollah for starting the fight with Israel in Lebanon, discontent
is rising in Arab countries over the number of civilian casualties in Lebanon,
and the governments have become wary of playing host to Ms. Rice until a
cease-fire package is put together.
To hold the meetings in an Arab capital before a diplomatic solution is
reached, said Martin S. Indyk, a former American ambassador to Israel, “would
have identified the Arabs as the primary partner of the United States in this
project at a time where Hezbollah is accusing the Arab leaders of providing
cover for the continuation of Israel’s military operation.”
The decision to stay away from Arab countries for now is a markedly different
strategy from the shuttle diplomacy that previous administrations used to
mediate in the Middle East. “I have no interest in diplomacy for the sake of
returning Lebanon and Israel to the status quo ante,” Ms. Rice said Friday. “I
could have gotten on a plane and rushed over and started shuttling around,
and it wouldn’t have been clear what I was shuttling to do.”
Before Ms. Rice heads to Israel on Sunday, she will join President Bush at
the White House for discussions on the Middle East crisis with two Saudi
envoys, Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the
secretary general of the _National Security Council_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/national_security_council/index.html?
inline=nyt-org
) .
The new American arms shipment to Israel has not been announced publicly, and
the officials who described the administration’s decision to rush the
munitions to Israel would discuss it only after being promised anonymity. The
officials included employees of two government agencies, and one described the
shipment as just one example of a broad array of armaments that the United
States has long provided Israel.
One American official said the shipment should not be compared to the kind of
an “emergency resupply” of dwindling Israeli stockpiles that was provided
during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, when an American military airlift helped
Israel recover from early Arab victories.
David Siegel, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, said: “We
have been using precision-guided munitions in order to neutralize the military
capabilities of Hezbollah and to minimize harm to civilians. As a rule,
however, we do not comment on Israel’s defense acquisitions.”
Israel’s need for precision munitions is driven in part by its strategy in
Lebanon, which includes destroying hardened underground bunkers where Hezbollah
leaders are said to have taken refuge, as well as missile sites and other
targets that would be hard to hit without laser and satellite-guided bombs.
Pentagon and military officials declined to describe in detail the size and
contents of the shipment to Israel, and they would not say whether the
munitions were being shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means. But an arms-sale
package approved last year provides authority for Israel to purchase from
the United States as many as 100 GBU-28’s, which are 5,000-pound laser-guided
bombs intended to destroy concrete bunkers. The package also provides for
selling satellite-guided munitions.
An announcement in 2005 that Israel was eligible to buy the “bunker buster”
weapons described the GBU-28 as “a special weapon that was developed for
penetrating hardened command centers located deep underground.” The document
added, “The Israeli Air Force will use these GBU-28’s on their F-15 aircraft.”
American officials said that once a weapons purchase is approved, it is up to
the buyer nation to set up a timetable. But one American official said
normal procedures usually do not include rushing deliveries within days of a
request. That was done because Israel is a close ally in the midst of hostilities,
the official said
Although Israel had some precision guided bombs in its stockpile when the
campaign in Lebanon began, the Israelis may not have taken delivery of all the
weapons they were entitled to under the 2005 sale.
Israel said its air force had dropped 23 tons of explosives Wednesday night
alone in Beirut, in an effort to penetrate what was believed to be a bunker
used by senior Hezbollah officials.
A senior Israeli official said Friday that the attacks to date had degraded
Hezbollah’s military strength by roughly half, but that the campaign could go
on for two more weeks or longer. “We will stay heavily with the air campaign,”
he said. “There’s no time limit. We will end when we achieve our goals.”
The Bush administration announced Thursday a military equipment sale to Saudi
Arabia, worth more than $6 billion, a move that may in part have been aimed
at deflecting inevitable Arab government anger at the decision to supply
Israel with munitions in the event that effort became public.
On Friday, Bush administration officials laid out their plans for the
diplomatic strategy that Ms. Rice will pursue. In Rome, the United States will try
to hammer out a diplomatic package that will offer Lebanon incentives under
the condition that a _United Nations_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/u/united_nations/index.html?inline=nyt-org)
resolution, which calls for the disarming of Hezbollah, is implemented.
Diplomats will also try to figure out the details around an eventual
international peacekeeping force, and which countries will contribute to it. Germany
and Russia have both indicated that they would be willing to contribute
forces; Ms. Rice said the United States was unlikely to.
Implicit in the eventual diplomatic package is a cease-fire. But a senior
American official said it remained unclear whether, under such a plan, Hezbollah
would be asked to retreat from southern Lebanon and commit to a cease-fire,
or whether American diplomats might depend on Israel’s continued bombardment
to make Hezbollah’s acquiescence irrelevant.
Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, said that Israel would not
rule out an international force to police the borders of Lebanon and Syria
and to patrol southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah has had a stronghold. But he
said that Israel was first determined to take out Hezbollah’s command and
control centers and weapons stockpiles.

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