By Anthony Shadid, Scott Wilson and William Branigin
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, July 14, 2006; 3:38 PM
BEIRUT, July 14 — Israel pounded Lebanon with airstrikes and artillery for a third straight day on Friday, bombing the headquarters of the radical Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah and the residence of its leader in the capital’s southern suburbs.
The leader of Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah, subsequently threatened to engage in “open war” against Israel. Hezbollah’s television station, al-Manar, reported that Nasrallah, his family and his aides were safe after the separate attacks on his home and the Hezbollah headquarters in the Haret Hreik neighborhood late Friday afternoon.
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The Middle East and its activities have always been highly significant to God’s people, whether those people live here in the United States or another part of the world. Again, I call for loyalty and patriotism. At such critical times as these, we must put aside political differences, seek the face of God, and pray sincerely for our leaders. There are those who believe we are at the beginning of World War III.
I am not a panic-crier, but neither am I one to ignore such significant developments as these. God help us, everyone. I say that not lightly, but with all sincerity.