President Jacques Chirac said Friday that Israel's military offensive against Lebanon is "totally
disproportionate" and asked whether destroying Lebanon was not the ultimate goal.
However, he also said that rockets fired on Israel by Hezbollah and Hamas are "inadmissible, nacceptable and irresponsible." Chirac implicitly suggested that Syria and Iran might be playing a role in the expanding crisis in the Middle East which, along with the Iranian nuclear issue, creates "a truly dangerous situation in which we must be very, very careful." (AP)