"Israel threatened to bomb Lebanon "back 20 years"
When soldiers, who are a military target, are kidnapped...the response is attacks on civilian targets? In this upside down world, yes.
Halt the slide to war
"Ehud Olmert lost no time in describing the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Lebanese guerrillas as an "act of war". ....
"Palestinian fighters kidnapped an Israeli soldier from a position just across the border from Gaza. For weeks before that dozens of home-made rockets were fired into Israel. Mr Olmert's response was to emulate what his mentor, Ariel Sharon, would have done: he bombed a power station, depriving hundreds of thousands of civilians of electricity and water in the summer heat. Israeli aircraft have been breaking the sound barrier in a campaign of psychological warfare against 1.4m people. That has all been rightly condemned as collective punishment, which is banned by the Geneva conventions.
Since the abduction more than 70 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed by Israeli forces."
And South in Gaza:
"Rescue workers pulled a four-year-old child out of the rubble. He had on a red T-shirt but his body was cut in two. Palestinian doctors said the owner of the house, Nabil Abu Salmiyeh, a lecturer at the Islamic University and a Hamas activist, had been killed along with his wife and seven of his nine children.
Rami Samour, 25, who lives near by, said the blast blew the mutilated body of a woman into a neighbouring house. A neighbour, Safwan Amamour, 39, said he and his wife were hit by flying rubble. He said: "No words can describe this destruction, this hellish damage, which I will remember of the rest of my life."
"There is an axis of terror and hate, created by Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas that wants to end any hope for peace"
These are the words of the Israeli foreign minister...it's the map for what they plan too do.
And their eternal echo:
"The White House said it held Iran and Syria responsible for the abduction" Guardian
Here is an interactive guide to the escalations
The world is watching, and we are all made complicit by the failure of our governments to end Palestinian anguish
I officially apologise to my little niece for the world that she will have to live in.