How does a small, outlaw nation, unaccustomed to following the norms
of civilized behavior and international law, respond to terrorism, or rather
resistance to its continual border provocations and occupation of land (the
Golan Heights, rightfully known as the Syrian Heights, and Shebaa Farms)?
In predictable fashion—by destroying civilian infrastructure,
slaughtering innocent civilians, and thumbing its nose at the world, an admittedly
bedazzled and apathetic world that sits idly by on its hands, unable or unwilling
to condemn such immense and brazen crimes.
“Israel has reportedly carried out air strikes on approximately 40 sites
in southern Lebanon,” reports Zaman
Online. “Citing the Israeli military radio, reporters said that Israel
mounted offensives on 150 targets affiliated with Hezbollah and bombarded the
Beirut airport, applying an ‘aerial blockade’ over Lebanon.”
Of course, the Beirut airport has nothing to do with Hezzbollah, and the legendary
resistance organization—that is, legendary in the Middle East, here it
is simply another terrorist group—does not have an air force, so an “aerial
blockade” over Lebanon is pointless, unless your design is to make the
average Lebanese citizen suffer, or at least humiliate him for allowing a resistance
to Israeli regional hegemony in his country.
“Israeli warplanes blasted runways at the main army air base in eastern
Lebanon near Syria’s border today, police said, an attack that could draw
the Lebanese army into Israel’s war with Hezbollah guerrillas,”
Online. It helps that Syria is a mere four miles away to the west.
In fact, Israel plans to pitch the entire region into war, thus drawing
in the United States.
“The Lebanese army has largely stayed out of the fighting between Hezbollah
and Israeli forces,” a wholly unacceptable situation for the all-war,
all-the-time gang in Tel Aviv and Washington.
If things go off as planned, thousands of Lebanese—and Syrians, Iranians—will
need die horrible deaths and hospitals, food warehouses, sanitation plants,
water treatment plants, the entire civilian infrastructure will need be inoperable,
reduced to flaming ruins.
“Israel mounted its strongest attack on Lebanon since the 1982 invasion
after Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen crossed into Israel on Wednesday and killed
three Israeli soldiers and kidnapped two others. Five other Israeli soldiers
were killed following the initial attack,” reports Market
Watch, a Dow Jones, thus Wall Street mouthpiece.
Never mind it was initially reported the soldiers were “kidnapped”
(corporate media speak for taking prisoners of war) on the Lebanese side of
the border. As for the 1982 invasion, colorfully known as “Peace of the
Galilee” (as in “rest in peace” for 17,825 Lebanese), it was
a bonanza for Hezbollah, created directly as a result of Israeli aggression.
“Nothing is safe” in all of Lebanon, Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz, the
Israeli army commander, told the media. “Israel warned residents to evacuate
a southern Beirut neighborhood where Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
is said to live…. Hezbollah said it would attack Haifa, Israel’s
third largest city, if Beirut came under attack.”
It appears World War Three, otherwise known as World War Four (neocons count
differently than most people), is on schedule.
“Israel and its American allies have blamed Syria and Iran for the abductions
of Israeli soldiers on the Lebanon border. Hezbollah, a Shiite political party
and armed militia, is a close ally of Syria and Iran. Hezbollah dominates southern
and eastern Lebanon.”
Translation: Israel and the AIPAC dominated (coerced and bribed) United States
government supports mass murder in Gaza and Lebanon and blame Syria and Iran,
two prominent targets on the “axis of evil” roster, for all the
carnage and misery.
Hezbollah “dominates southern and eastern Lebanon” because that’s
where the Shi’ite Muslims live and that’s where Israeli military
continual violates the border, routinely threatening the lives of Lebanese civilians.
“President Bush said the United States recognized Israeli’s right
to defend itself, while calling for restraint and a return to diplomacy that
could lead to a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel.”
Translation: the cardboard cut-out president recognizes Israel’s “right”
to invade its neighbors and kill people who are not Israeli (and thus considered
sub-human) on illegally occupied land. Bush, or rather the neocons, have no
intention of entertaining “a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel”
and, in fact, more than a few neocons are more fanatically Zionist than Olmert
and the Likudites.
“Israel carried out air, sea and ground attacks against targets in Lebanon
Thursday, effectively blockading the country. Israel also attacked Palestinian
government institutions in the Gaza Strip, in what is being described as an
open ended military campaign on two fronts,” summarizes MensDailyNews.
Usually, a militarily imposed blockade is an act of war. In other words, Hezbollah
has all the right in the world to attack Haifa, as threatened, although of course
this would be certain suicide for thousands and thousands of Arabs.
Indeed, World War Four, the “clash of civilizations” version, is
right around the corner.
“Speaking on Israel Radio, Defense Minister Amir Peretz says Israel will
not allow Hezbollah guerrillas to reoccupy their positions in southern Lebanon.”
In other words, the people of southern Lebanon will not be allowed to return
to their homes, as most of them support Hezbollah.
Israel has coveted southern Lebanon (up the Litani River) for decades and went
so far as to impose a “security zone,” that is say a swath of illegally
occupied land where life was hell on earth for Arabs. In Nazi Germany, this
was called Lebensraum, stealing land from people at gunpoint, as Hitler did
(with disastrous results) under Operation Barbarossa. In Bushzarro world, this
land grab and ethnic cleansing is considered self defense.
“Hezbollah has proved itself a formidable enemy,” explains the
No kidding. Hezbollah single-handedly kicked Israel out of southern Lebanon
and will do so again—that is short of Israel reducing the country to a
post-apocalyptic wasteland, a distinct possibility as we are told Israel has
learned from its mistakes (i.e., they were not brutal enough the last time they
invaded and occupied Lebanon).
“Israel’s calculation appears to be that, in the post-11 September
2001 world, with the US very tied up in Iraq, it has time on its side.”
Precisely. Plus the administration, Congress, and the Pentagon are swarming
with neocons and their operatives, all determined to turn the Middle East into
In order to get “fair and balanced” news outside of the pro-Israel
corporate media Borg Hive, one has to venture to Arab websites, for instance
“As tensions spread from Palestinian territories to Lebanon, specter
of inferno hangs over the region…. The Israeli occupation army ramped
up its terrorist land, air and sea attacks in Lebanon, killing as many as 47
people, almost all of whom were civilians…. A family of 10 and another
family of seven were killed in their homes in the south Lebanon as Israeli terrorist
fighter bombers carried out dozens of air strikes. Three others from Hezbollah
resistance fighters were killed in clashes in the occupied Lebanese territory
of Sheba’a farms. The clashes were described as the most violent since
the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from southern Lebanon on May 25, 2000, under
pressure from Hezbollah fighters.”
Mahmoud al-Zahar, the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, “described
the Israeli terrorist offensive against Lebanon as ‘a destruction enterprise’
with an international shadow of silence cast on it…. ‘this area
has been exposed to aggressions in 1948, 1956, 1967, … (1978, 1982, the
first intifada 1988-1993, the second intifada 2000-2005, the third intifada
2006-) …the Israeli aggression has not changed, the problem is not in
the Israeli aggression; it is in the sleeping or dead international consciences,’”
Of course, here in America and much of Europe, it is verboten (and downright
illegal in parts of Europe) to criticize Israel, thus a disgusting lack of conscience
should be expected.
Meanwhile, as Israel’s “destructive enterprise” moves forward
with bloody efficiency, neocons and Jabotinsky fanatics are crawling out of
the woodwork to defend the action.
“The next Middle East war—Israel against genocidal Islamism—has
begun,” writes Yossi
Klein Halevi, described as a foreign correspondent for the neocon New Republic
and senior fellow of the Shalem Centre in Jerusalem. “The first stage
of the war started two weeks ago with the Israeli incursion into Gaza in response
to the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and the ongoing shelling of Israeli
towns and kibbutzim. Now, with Hezbollah’s latest attack, the war has
spread to southern Lebanon…. Ultimately, though, Israel’s antagonists
won’t be Hamas and Hezbollah but their patrons, Iran and Syria. The war
will go on for months, perhaps several years. There may be lulls in the fighting,
perhaps even temporary agreements and prisoner exchanges. But those periods
of calm will be mere respites.”
In other words, we are experiencing the opening salvo of World War Four, according
to the Israelis and their neocon acolytes. No doubt they are jumping for joy.
The goals of the war should be the destruction of the Hamas regime and the
dismantling of the Hezbollah infrastructure in southern Lebanon. Israel cannot
coexist with Iranian proxies pressing in on its borders. In particular, allowing
Hamas to remain in power—and to run the Palestinian educational system—will
mean the end of hopes for Arab-Israeli reconciliation not only in this generation
but in the next one, too….
The ultimate threat, though, isn’t Hezbollah or Hamas, but Iran. And
as Iran draws closer to nuclear capability, an Israeli-Iranian showdown becomes
According to a very senior military source, Israel is still hoping that an
international effort will stop a nuclear Iran. If that fails, then Israel
is hoping for a US attack. But if the Bush administration is too weakened
to take on Iran, then, as a last resort, Israel will have to act unilaterally.
For Israelis, that is the worst scenario of all. Except, of course, the scenario
of nuclear weapons in the hands of the patron state of Hezbollah and Hamas.
In effect, regardless of the platitudes of Zionists such as Mr. Halevi, the
“ultimate threat” to Israel is a unified Muslim world and Arab nationalism.
It should not be surprising this war will “go on for months, perhaps
several years” (the neocons envision it as a multi-generational “long
war”) as it will take some time to kill the millions of Muslims opposed
to Israel’s long-standing plan to balkanize the Middle East, or short
of mass murder subject them to groveling subservience, as many Israelis consider
Arabs and Muslim little more than “hewers of wood and drawers of water,”
as the ancient Israelites reduced their Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite,
Hivite, and Jebusite neighbors.
According to Daniel
Ayalon, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, two rockets that fell
on Haifa today constitutes “a major, major escalation” of the emerging
kick-off of World War Four, according to CNN.
Of course, bombing bridges and roads in crowded Lebanese urban areas, attacking
Lebanese military bases near the Syrian border, targeting civilian infrastructure
in Gaza and Lebanon is simply fighting “terrorism,” especially if
you consider millions of Arabs terrorists, as Israel obviously does.
Meanwhile, it appears the only in-depth news of what is happening in Lebanon
comes from bloggers and folks posting on forums, a fact that should not be surprising
considering the propaganda mission of the pro-Israel corporate media.
According to a poster
going by the moniker “Live from Lebanon” on the Islamica Community
website, the Israeli military has bombed all streets and bridges in Saida (or
Sidon, 8 km south of Beirut), Lebanon, thus trapping 200,000 residents in the
city. As the poster notes, while CNN concentrates on a rocket striking a northern
Israel town, the local media is covering “babies and kids dead”
as a result of the intense Israeli barrage of high explosives and “precision”
It appears the neocon-connected Jerusalem
Post is fishing for a reason to extend the invasion to Iran. “Israel
has information that Hizbullah guerrillas who captured two Israeli soldiers
are trying to transfer them to Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.”
Of course, this makes absolutely no sense and Iran would be stupid to accept
Israeli prisoners of war (or prisoners of invasion, as war requires two parties
of approximate capability and parity, certainly not the case here). Of course,
in the past, the neocons have come up with more ridiculous pretexts, for instance
Saddam’s model airplanes, capable of spreading death and destruction—not.
Beeston, Diplomatic Editor of the Times, declares in “the past American
intervention has been decisive in stopping this type of violence. So far there
has been only a muted response from the White House. But George Bush will be
in Germany today and then go on to St Petersburg for the G8 summit. It is hard
to imagine that events in the Middle East will not dominate discussions.”
In fact, in the past, U.S. intervention (and this is the appropriate word)
has exacerbated the situation. Is it possible Mr. Beeston has amnesia, not remembering
the October 23, 1983, bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut? It should
be noted the barracks was bombed as a result of Reagan’s support of the
Israeli presence in Lebanon and also because the U.S. Sixth Fleet had fired
“shells the weight of Volkswagens at Druze positions,” that is to
say Druze Muslim villages.
* * *
Of course, the United States government, controlled from the inside by a cabal
of Zionist neocons, will not simply be led willy-nilly into Lebanon. If it happens,
it was planned to happen some time ago.
Lataan of Verdon, Australia, writes on his blog:
“This entire crisis has all the hallmarks and is beginning to unravel
as a carefully orchestrated ploy to create a casus belli for Israel to attack
and occupy the Gaza, neutralise Hamas, the democratically elected government
of the Palestinians to deprive the Palestinians of any power to resist reoccupation
of the Gaza, possibly on a permanent basis, and, at the same time, to neutralise
Hizbollah in pursuit of regime change in Lebanon.
Since the Israelis are now also making noises about Syrian and even Iranian
involvement in the Hizbollah actions against Israel that has prompted Israel’s
attacks against Lebanon, there are indications that these noises are intended
to foment US involvement in attacking Syria and Iran on Israel’s behalf.”
As if to confirm these suspicions, Bush, meeting with neocon-friendly German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the slavish corporate media Syria “needs
to be held to account,” according to CNN.
* * *
It is interesting to note that Hezbollah dubbed its operation to capture Israeli
soldiers “Truthful Promise,” according to a the Daily
Star (a Lebanese newspaper). “Whatever can be said about Hizbullah,
one cannot deny that the party’s leaders are true to their word. During
a prisoner exchange between Hizbullah and Israel in 2004, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
vowed that if all Lebanese detainees were not freed from Israeli jails, Hizbullah
would eventually abduct more Israeli soldiers…. Nasrallah initially tried
to secure the release of Lebanese prisoners through a second phase of prisoner-exchange
negotiations, but these high-profile talks abruptly fell apart. This begs the
question of whether the current crisis could have been avoided, had these negotiations
been carried out to the very end.”
However, the Israeli government rejected this deal because it would “serve
as a reward for terror,” according to Israel
Insider. In short, the current wave of state-sponsored terrorism—including
the murder of more than 50 civilians (no doubt this number is much higher)—is
partially the result of Israel’s intransigence.