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Israel-Hezbollah: A War of Self-Defence
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-18 04:11
As Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning, if anywhere else had been attacked, if Chicago, Moscow, London, Paris or Berkelely, California had been attacked for example, then no-one would deny the right of the countries in which those cities reside to defend themselves. So why do citizens of those cities deny the right of Israel to defend its own citizens? Once again a Cox and Forkum cartoon (right) makes the point: the defence is being carried out against an undeclared proxy war controlled in Tehran and Damascus.
And once again, those defending themselves from violence are themselves criticised for doing what's necessary to end the ongoing violence of murder by mullah, and of war by proxy. As the ARI's Yaron Brook says,
Ayn Rand pointed out some years ago that the cure for the many problems of the Middle East is to put an end to tribalism. Perhaps the beginning of a cure to the endemic tribalism is to realise that not all Lebanese are indentical -- Lebanese people are individuals like all other human beings, and not all are as happy with being oppressed by those whom the Israelis are attacking as Robert Fisk might have you believe.
It might be thought for example that many Lebanese would be critical of the actions of the Israeli military. Not all. The Lebanese Foundation for Peace -- about whom I know nothing other than this excellent statement -- point out that Hezbollah have been a curse on Lebanon, and "for the millions of Christian Lebanese, driven out of our homeland, 'Thank you Israel,' is the sentiment echoing from around the world."
The Lebanese Foundation for Peace, an international group of Lebanese Christians, made the following statement in a press release to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert concerning the latest Israeli attacks against Hezbollah: "We urge you to hit them hard and destroy their terror infrastructure. It is not [only] Israel who is fed up with this situation, but the majority of the silent Lebanese in Lebanon who are fed up with Hezbollah and are powerless to do anything out of fear of terror retaliation." Their statement continues, "On behalf of thousands of Lebanese, we ask you to open the doors of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport to thousands of volunteers in the Diaspora willing to bear arms and liberate their homeland from [Islamic] fundamentalism.
UPDATE: Tim Blair has spotted some good sense from Hillary Clinton (yes, that Hillary Clinton):
Clinton was at Fayetteville this afternoon on a rare visit to her former Arkansas stomping grounds. She said Israel had the right to take stern and strong action against Hezbollah attacks originating in Lebanon. Asked if her support extended to Israel’s bombing of the Beiruit international airport, she said, quote, “I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself,” unquote.
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