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Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Little Something to Ensure my Permanent Place on the CIA List

I'm of the popular opinion of an unpopular group. I feel the way some folk in an Oped in the NYTIMES feel. I do not agree with Israel's choice in dealing with Hezbollah and its strategy to get rid of the strong hold Hezbollah Lebanon and its sovriegnty.

Though it has been on my mind, it was not until yesterday that it started to get under my skin. So much so, that I lost some sleep thinking about this post. Yesteday it hit home--literally. Cleveland has a very large Jewish population and a small, but well connected and active Lebanese community. Yesterday, 6 of the 7 Lebanese business in the area were closed. All of them, with signs in the window asking for prayer and indicating they did not know when they would be reopening. There was a small protest of about 700 people downtown denouncing the actions of Israel and a much larger rally of local jewish congregations in support of Israel's campaign.

This campaign neither sits well with me morally nor logistically. Three quite influential and much larger Countries sit back and encourage the continued violence of a small nation against another small nation--with much less to lose.

America will be sending guided missiles immediately to further aid the Israeli campaign. On the promise of anonymity, the Department of State told the NYT about the missiles. The White House did not plan to make it known publicly. To me it says, that the US is standing on the side of Israel they way the Syria and Iran are standing on the side of Hezbollah (not Lebanon) The US is sitting safely at home just like Syria and Iran. So it seems, Goliaths are working on both sides of David.

To me this says, that not only will the United States never say to Israel that they me be wrong. It will support Israel unconditionally whether right or wrong. As Syria and Iran will continue to support Hezbollah.

If Israel publicly blames Syria and Iran for the situation in Lebanon and the their supply of weapons to Hezbollah, why isn't Israel (now aided by the US) attacking Syria and Iran, like America chose to attack Iraq under the guise that they not only had the WMD but where supplying Taliban. ( Isn't Taliban mostly Afgani, by the way? We occupy the country but we are not at war there.) Is it because our military is spread so thin, that we are chosing to do business this way. Or is it more because we will never tell Israel that maybe they should rethink their use of miltary force? (not just in this instance)

I don't buy the argument that this was the only option. Through out history, soldiers and civilians have been taken prisoner by nations with which bad blood exists. You cross into that neighbors territory--and imprisonment it is. Where their no other options, truly? Seems Israel had this planned for awhile. It might be arguable that so did the US. What about a covert operation to retrieve the soldiers? What about negotiation?

Is it logical to insist that Lebanon exercise its sovereignty, while Hezbollah controls 23 seats in the parliament? Hezbollah, like the good ole' political machines of the 20-30's here in the US, have provided goods and services and security, to instill both cooperation and fear through out the country. Is blowing them out of the water in the middle of residential neighborhoods the most concise and strategic means of accomplishing the goal of eliminating them? Is this logical if neither Israel nor the US has offered military or diplomatic aid to help Lebanon exercise the sovereignty that Israel keeps requesting? Is it logical to believe that as you blow up everything people own, that the dissimination propaganda about the dangers of Hezbollah, will garner support from residents rendered homeless, injured, and in the process of burying a family member? The Lebanese government has absolutely no ability to exercise its sovereignty on its own and that is well known. To demand that they do so, without aid is preposterous.

This is going to be a bloody massacre of which the Lebanese have no control. Hezbollah will have to decide to stand down---and so will Israel. Otherwise, the Lebanese people will continue to be caught in the middle. The UN peacekeeping force and the UN security council will have to stand up and tell the US, Syria, and Iran to sit down.

I welcome your commentary.


  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Viperteq said…

    People just don't get it when it comes to the US' involvement with the new State of Israel. Just look at that name: State of Israel. The US made Israel into it's new incarnation. The "State" has only been in existence for what, 50 years? 60? It wouldn't be where it is if it wasn't for the US' interference...err involvement in the affairs of the Jewish nation and the Palenstinians.

    What's even more sad about this whole thing? The whole discord between the Lebonese and Israel was prophesised. I'm sure that you try to stay away from religion vs. religion, but if you're like me, you grew up in a household where Moms or Grandmoms faithfully read the Bible. If you go back to Genesis 16 it tells the tale of Issac and Ishmael, the second- and first-born sons of Abraham. Ishmael, the first-born, was sired by Abraham and Hagar, the hand-maiden of Abrahams wife Sarah. Sarah "gave" Hagar to Abraham to sire a child because she thought that she was too old to bear children. After Hagar became pregnant, Sarah kicked her out the house out of anger. While walking around an Angel appeared to Sarah:

    "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery."

    "He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

    Hagar eventually returned to the house to give birth to Ishmael. Several years later Sarah gave birth to Issac. Ishmael would go on to sire the 12 tribes that comprise Iran, Iraq, Syria and Palestine today. Issac would sire the 12 tribes that comprise the Jewish* nation. Now it doesn't matter if you're Christian, Jewish or Muslim: all three follow the history that is presented in the Bible and the same history is presented in the Quran. So it's inevitable that this would go down. I guess this begs a bigger question then: What does one do in the presence of Fate? If this emnity was pre-ordained then is there nothing that we can do to prevent the destruction and murder that is bound to happen? I don't know....such questions are meant for people much smarter than I, lol!

    I know you're like where's he going with this, and to be honest, I'm not sure myself. Just know that you're not the only person thinking about what's going on and how it's affecting everyone.

    *Those that consider themselves Jewish are not the true descendants of the Tribe of Judah.

    Wikipedia Entry on Ishmael
    Wikipedia Entry on Issac

    *PS -> You should open up comments to folk who don't have Blogger accounts so that they can comment on your articles as well. You can use a captcha to make sure that there's no comment spam on the blog. Just a thought..... :)

  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger Jonzee said…

    @ viperteq Ah, you always give me these cool things to make my blog do, and I don't know how! I will try to figure it out though.

    Yes, I grew up with the whole family discussing at random times various scriptures--and debating their meaning and the fate the Scripture foretells.

    I am glad I am not the only one who is wondering the same things.

  • At 12:58 PM, Anonymous viperteq said…

    Ok, what you want to do is log into Blogger. After logging in you'll be presented with your Dashboard. Click on the option that says "Change Settings".

    You'll be presented with a page that has four tabs and each tab has several options that you can choose. The default tab is already chosen for you: "Settings". Click on the "Comments" option.

    The second option in the Comments section is "Who Can Comment". In the pop-down box choose Anyone.

    For "Comments Defaults for Posts" choose New Posts Have Comments

    For the "Backlinks" option choose Show. This option allows people to write commentary about a particular posts that you wrote on their own blog and then have their blog "notify" your blog once they publish their response. The nitification will show up in the comments of your blog as a link to their blog with a small excerpt of their post.

    For the option "Show word verification for comments" choose Yes. This will make sure that folk commenting on a post are real and not some spam script.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger ManNMotion said…

    My commentary is that the whole situation is so complicated and that governments don't have as much control as anyone thinks. An interesting book on the Middle East is See No Evil by Robert Baer, he was with the CIA but they pushed him out.

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Oscar In Louisville said…

    I would comment on it but 3000 words posted in someone else's comments is a bit excessive - I'll post Monday or Tuesday at The Underground Railroad on this matter. FWIW, I side with the Israelis.


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