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Middle Eastern Fiasco (Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine)

October 13, 2012

Middle East fiasco. Well it seems that there’s always something going on in this part of the world. 19 days ago Israel began a punishing military campaign against Lebanon, in response to Hezbollah’s kidnapping of two soldiers on the Israeli-Lebanon border. Different sources of information on this conflict seem to disagree on whether said soldiers were on the Israeli or Lebanese side of the border. Either way, kidnapping soldiers is inexcusable but so is such a harsh military campaign that has killed upwards of 600 Lebanese civilians and about 50-60 Israeli civilians. These numbers might be outdated, but anyone reading should get the point. Such brutality begs the question: what the hell has this world come to?

Ivan, you wrote this quite a while ago, and there is much more material to be found on this topic…..if you look for some later, you could write an excellent piece on this topic…..

Yes Andrea, I did start writing this before, but I really cannot remember where I was going with it, because it was so very long ago that I we had that particular conversation which triggered this draft, so alot of the memories have fallen away and there is too much to do now to try and dig around in mindspace for those ideas. The war with Lebanon vs Israel ended some time ago, but now Israelis are at war with Palestinians again. That is really nothing new. And as usual the West and America is doing very little about it. We want to be Bibi’s bitch I suppose.
Why, I have no clue. They are causing more problems than anything else right now. Because of our continued blind support of the Israeli regime, we are fomenting resentment against us in the Arab world and inspiring people to resort to terrorism in the name of freeing Palestine from the Israeli stranglehold. Is any ally worth that kind of sacrifice? I really wonder. Now I don’t have any hatred for the Israeli people, but I do feel that they do have a responsibility to speak out against their own government’s hostility towards the Palestinians. Recently on Twitter there have been a few activist Israelis who call themselves “refusers” because they are refusing to do military service which is required for all able-bodied men and women 18 or over in Israel. I hope this movement grows and continues.
Ivan

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One comment

  1. Draft-resistance is a wonderful thing: the necessary condition for something to be Law is “will someone use force to impose it?”. Refusing to become a force-applier facilitates non-enforcement of unjust laws.



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