A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).
Gee but the Israelis are lummoxes. They thought they'd find Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah in the Yellow Pages. So they find the listing in Baalbek and on August 1, send a commando team. 55 year-old Hassan Dib Nasrallah, 31 year-old Bilal Nasrallah, Ali Diab, and three others are kidnapped and spirited away to Israel, where they are beaten and their teeth are broken. After 21 days in the Israeli version of Abu Ghraib (standard treatment for Arabs), they are put on a bus that carries them to the Lebanese border, where they are released.