Bush blames Hizbullah for violence

Says Iran, Syria threaten Mideast, obstruct any solution to current crisis.

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United States President George W. Bush on Saturday placed the blame on Hizbullah for the 11-day Israeli-Lebanese crisis and condemned Syria and Iran for aiding the terrorist organization. In his weekly radio address, he asserted that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in her visit to the region this week, will stress that "solving the problem requires a confrontation with the terrorist group that started the attacks and with the countries supporting them." The president said that hiding rockets among a civilian population and undermining the elected Lebanese administration demonstrated that Hizbullah was jeopardizing Lebanon's impressive accomplishments and was betraying the Lebanese people. He stated that Iran and Syria "threaten the entire Middle East and obstruct any solution to the current crisis and peace in the region." Bush pledged that his administration would "do everything to convince Middle East leaders to increase pressure on Hizbullah in order to solve the crisis in south Lebanon."