for battered Lebanon, from the government of Bangladesh and of course solidarity.

And then you get the other type of help. The type of help which extends support to american war policy but pretends to be with the people of Palestine and Lebanon. Step forward: Saudi Arabia.

And about 30 miles from where I am sitting, American planes are carrying bombs to Israel. Margaret Beckett has finally found a convenient issue to sound indignant about. Convenient because it sounds as if she is criticising Uncle Same but in reality this has little or no bearing on the war.

And don’t be fooled by Kim Howells criticising Israel. We have seen it all before with David Mellor of the Tories. It is a ruse. Nothing else. If your criticism is real, you get bombed and killed like the UN observers in that desperate bunker.