Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Israeli Actions In Lebanon, British Actions In Ireland

My thoughts on the disproportionality of Israeli response, and some analogies, are in the letters section of today's 'American Spectator'.
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Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Wow. Very powerful.
You have made me think about this in a different light -- but I still disagree.
I could be wrong, but I think the IRA would have avoided putting their own civilians in harms way. I don't think the same can be said of Hizbollah. In their case, I'd have to think they were hoping for civilian deaths. More martyrs, more criticism for Israel -- it's a win-win for them.

As for the infrastructure -- Hizbollah is more than just a terrorist organization taking up a position out of the blue -- in Lebanon, they aren't considered a terrorist organisation -- they are an elected part of parliament. They hold posts in the government. The Lebanese government allows them to receive funding for their 'non-militant' wing -- pretending that the money won't go to by arms. In my mind, that makes the Lebanese government party to the assault on Israel -- not a separate entity trying to deal with an out-of-control armed faction that doesn't represent the people of the region.
Israel is bombing Lebanon because Lebanon accepts the legitimacy of Hizbollah. Where is the deliniation between the Lebanese government and Hizbollah?
I know there's talk that the Lebanese really don't want them as part of their government -- but what are they doing as a government to rid themselves of it?

That said, I still watch in horror and think there has to be another way to deal with this sort of thing.

My boys always want me to watch Revenge of the Sith. I liked the first Star Wars, but these new ones just seemed to take themselves so seriously I haven't given them a look. Are they worth it?

20 July, 2006 01:13  
Blogger Martin said...


The Provos didn't really care whether or not they killed Irish nationalist civilians, being more than happy to recycle their collateral damage as propaganda.

Hizbollah's in government? So was Sinn Fein.

Watch ROTS, a phenomenal work of conservatism.

20 July, 2006 07:47  

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