The President of the United States has said Iran must stop supporting armed groups trying to derail democracies in Iraq and Lebanon. George W. Bush has sought to place the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the context of a wider struggle against terrorism: “The message of this administration is clear; America will stay on the offensive against Al Quaeda. Iran must stop its support of terror. The leaders of these armed groups must make a choice: if they want to participate in the political life of countries they must disarm. Elected leaders cannot have one foot in the camp of democracy and one foot in the camp of terror.”, he told reporters at the White House.
The UN-brokered ceasefire in the Middle East came into being after the deaths of at least 1,100 Lebanese and 156 Israelis. Israel claims 530 Hizbollah guerillas were killed, but the militant group says only 80 of its fighters were lost.