Thursday, August 31, 2006


On Wednesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said his government would pay $33,000 compensation per destroyed house to help displaced Lebanese return to their homes. Some 130,000 housing units were destroyed in the Israeli military campaign. Hezbollah had already begun handing out $12,000 to each family whose home was bombed.

And we, as a "super power," can't rebuild New Orleans...... go figure.

Representatives from dozens of potential donor countries are gathered in Stockholm on Thursday to raise aid money for Lebanon. Meanwhile, reconstruction is beginning in the war-torn country.

While the United Nations continues trying to get as many peacekeepers into southern Lebanon as possible to ensure that the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah holds, Lebanon itself has changed its focus to rebuilding. The bill looks to be pretty steep -- and the battered country will need all outside help it can get.

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