Monday, July 31, 2006

How can this continue?

There simply can't be an absolute right or absolute wrong in the current Israeli/Hezbollah fighting. That said, if half of the media coverage of the killing of UN observers and of the 50+ civilians at Qana is right, then I only hope that the temporary halt to Israeli airstrikes is extended.

Over at Larvatus Prodeo, weathergirl quotes some of the most offensive comments about the conflict from around the blogs. Warning, this link contains images that will disturb (and may not be work safe).

9 comments:

T E said...

Personally I'm against the Israeli's. I'm not anti-Semitic but those Israeli's (which also happen to be Jews) have a lot to answer for. And 2nd in line for the blame are the yanks - who support Israel at all costs.

All this is going to make everything worse. And that suits the yanks - both from a financial point of view and justification for their 'wars'; i.e. it will cause more terrorist attacks, which in turn allows the USA to continue with their current foreign policy, which makes them (their
cronies) more money etc etc etc.

It's all about money and control of world resources.

It all plays into the hands of the US. And best of all it isn't happening in their own backyard.

backin15 said...

It's hard not to link the fact that the US manufactures most of the weaponry used by the Israeli forces with their reluctance to support an immediate ceasefire.

crasster said...

There is no right and wrong in this argument. This is not about Israel versus Lebanon - this is about Israel and a bunch of multi-national terrorists slinging crap over the border. Personally, I can understand the Israeli's impatience - that being said, nothing justifies the overwhelming use of force that they have unleashed. I just feel sorry for the civilians on both sides who seem to be the targets of fairly indiscriminate attacks.

backin15 said...

I can only imagine the sense of insecurity Israeli's must feel with terrorists camped at their border. However the bombing in Lebanon appears so completely out of proportion and so likely to result in civilian deaths that it musn't continue. If it continues, Israel must surely lose international support and without international support, no lasting peace can be possible?

Colin said...

The only answer to the entire problem is a political agreement. But because there's so much hate, so much bigotry, so many lies, so many vested interests, that's not even on the horizon.

Only the US can impose an agreement but it's not going to. So the killing of innocents will continue.

backin15 said...

It is very hard to see how a sustainable political agreement can be struck. The situation is so unbalanced. I'm not confident the US can impose a solution either - the failure in 2000, albeit with Palestine, is looking increasingly like it was the best opportunity.

Anonymous said...

You should read a book called From Beirut to Jerusalem which provides a very objective and realistic view of what's happened in the region. Although I don't agree with Israel's actions, I do finally understand why the reaction is so vehement.

backin15 said...

Thanks for the tip, I read a few things while at Uni but haven't read much for years on this issue. It's frankly depressing because it appears intractable.

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