** FOLLOWING THE DISASTER IN QANA, Israel has agreed to halt aerial activity over Lebanon for 48 hours.
** In San Francisco, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for a prompt cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Hezbollah War based upon a UN Security Council resolution he is working on. He stopped short of calling for an immediate ceasefire.
** The killing of dozens of children and women in the Lebanese city of Qana may mark a significant turn in the Israel-Hezbollah War. U.S. and British efforts to effect a ceasefire favorable to Israeli military objectives appear to have collapsed in the wake of the incident. The Israeli military says that Qana was the source of multiple Hezbollah rocket attacks against Israel. But Islamic Jihadist guerillas hiding amongst civilians is not a new phenomenon, as the Israelis know better than anyone. What counts in the overall of politics is the bottom line, as the Israelis also know better than anyone.
** Miami Vice movie opens at #1 at the North American box office. New West mini-review to follow.
** Continuous coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War fom Pajamas Media. Israel’s bombing of civilians in Lebanon has cast a pall over its efforts and short-circuited U.S. and British efforts to effect a ceasefire favorable to Israeli military objectives. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, incidentally, is presently running the U.K. government out of the Fairmont Hotel high atop Nob Hill in San Francisco.
** Global and national energy price watch, courtesy of Bloomberg. U.S. electricity prices have had a significant drop.