UNITED NATIONS — The United States today vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's "iron fist" crackdown in southern Lebanon.
The Lebanese resolution won 11 of the council's 15 votes--two more than the minimum required for adoption, barring the veto. France broke with its Western allies to support the resolution. Britain, Denmark and Australia abstained. There have been many threats reported from terrorist groups in Lebanon that a U.S. veto would ignite a new wave of attacks against Americans and U.S. installations.