Friday, July 14, 2006

World War 3 begins in T-minus 10...9...

According to From Beirut to the Beltway the Lebanese army has officially joined the fighting against the Israeli Unit that landed on Sideon Beach, marking the first time in recent memory where you have two democratically elected governments engaging in a armed conflict.

The feeling out of Lebanon right out is mainly anger. Anger at Hezbollah for having kick started all this, anger at Israel for causing the destruction, Anger at the United States for refusing to diffuse the situation, Anger at Syria and Iran for backing all this up and using their country as a means of a shield and political posturing. And that's understandable, for years now, Lebanon has undergone a series of political and social reforms and experienced an economic boom that was helping the country establish itself once again as the "Jewel of the Mediterranean".

But unfortunately I can't agree with the feeling which some Lebanese have been expressing concerning the Hezbollah connections, like this:

Every one knows that the Lebanese government has no control over Hezbollah. The government didn’t even know of Hezbollah kidnapping plans, even though they (Hezbollah) are part of the government. Hezbollah is a "state within a state ", thanks to Israel, Iran and Syria.

. Israeli continued occupation of Shebaa farms territory gives Hezbollah an excuse to hold onto its arms.

. Iran's financing of Hezbollah, will allow it to use the organization to achieve its objectives in the region, regardless of the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese.

. Syria's support to Hezbollah, allows it to use this organization as its card in dealing with Israel. Every time Syria is under pressure, Hezbollah creates a crises of some sort in South Lebanon

But who is the biggest loser in all of this: Lebanon and the innocent Lebanese people. The Lebanese will again have to rebuild their country on their own and accumulate more debt, in addition to the $38 billion they have accumulated so far, in rebuilding their country during the Syrian occupation.

But unfortunately, I believe the Lebanese government bears some responsibility in all this. They have partnered themselves with Hezbollah when it comes to governing, knowing fully well that Hezbollah's terrorist operations against Israel hasn't ceased. But then again Lebanon never really had a choice in this, like I said yesterday, the Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon in the Spring of 2000 has painted Hezbollah as liberators and saviors in the eyes of many Shiite Lebanese. The country could not have acted in any way against the organization without risking a huge backlash from its Shiite community and risking the spark of another civil war. So needless to say, the situation is far too complicated for anyone to come up with a solution.

I honestly cannot predict what will happen tomorrow or even in 2 days. All I can say is that its amazing how 16 years of social, economic and political progress can be smashed up in 16 short hours.


At Friday, 14 July, 2006, Blogger Fred :) said...

The Lebanese Govt is 100% responsible because they have allowed the terrorist sto effectively run areas of their country.

the Lebanese Army should have cleared out the Hezbollah puss from the wound that was southern Lebanon.

They did not, now they are paying the piper.

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At Friday, 14 July, 2006, Blogger wonderdog said...

Fred, let me quote somebody who has a better handle on the situation than you do:
[Lebanon] could not have acted in any way against the organization without risking a huge backlash from its Shiite community and risking the spark of another civil war. So needless to say, the situation is far too complicated for anyone to come up with a solution.

I believe that "anyone" includes people proposing simplistic solutions in blog comments.

At Friday, 14 July, 2006, Blogger Fred :) said...

wonderdog . . then the area occupied by Hizboolah, financed by Irann was NOT part of Lebanon.

Either your land is yours to rule, or you let somebody else rule it and its not yours.

I don't need "someone" telling me what I can see with my own eyes.

Clean out the puss, let the sore heal. All Iran can do is whine like the assholes that the Iranian government is.

Time to kick their ass. Before they have nukes and can start WW3.

Go Israel go . . . we support you.

At Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Blogger Louise said...

Great article by an Arab about Palestinians.

At Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Fred, its not that simple. Lebanon had a choice between another 15+ years of a bloody civil war (only 10 years after the last one which resulted in hundreads of thousands of dead Lebanese) or they can try to form a coalition and then try to decrease their influence over time.

What would you have done?

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