July 30, 2006
Haroon Again

Haroon Siddiqui at the Toronto Star website rants, elegantly as always, about the hypocrisy of US and Canadian policy on the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

…the crisis has brought to the fore some of the realities and absurdities of Israeli-American policies.

Arab lives are cheap.

“Is the value of human life less in Lebanon than that of citizens elsewhere?” asked a distraught Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. “Are we children of a lesser God? Is an Israeli teardrop worth more than a drop of Lebanese blood?” Yes.

Bush wants an end to the conflict but he does not want a ceasefire. The U.S. sympathizes with the suffering of the Lebanese and the Palestinians but it won’t stop the Israeli offensives that create the suffering.

The immediate causes of the twin wars in Gaza and Lebanon must be addressed but not the nearly four decade-long occupation and colonization of Palestinian and Syrian lands.

Israel won’t negotiate a prisoner exchange — getting its soldiers back in return for four or five Lebanese prisoners and some of the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, including women and children — even though it has swapped prisoners before.

The 2004 UN resolution on Lebanon, calling for Hezbollah to be disarmed, must be enforced — but not the 1967 and 1973 Security Council resolutions calling on Israel to vacate Arab-occupied lands.

He ends by pointing out to Canadians that this is the world order to which Stephen Harper has committed them.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at July 30, 2006 11:41 AM
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I've probably seen every American WWII movie Hollywood ever made. One of the ways that Hollywood loved to use to show how brutal and evil the Nazis were during their reign of terror was to have one French resistance fighter in a village do something that infuriated the Nazis-kill one of their soldiers or harbor a Jew for instance. The Nazi's would then announce that unless the village gave up the guilty resistance fighter, 50 or 100 or some other number of villagers would be killed. This would of course infuriate the population and embolden the French resistance.

It seems to me that we are seeing something similar going on in Lebanon/Israel, however instead of someone having to bother to go and pick out fifty Lebanese to kill, it's done by a sort of lottery system. If one lives in the wrong building, that person gets to be one of the sacrificial lambs to pay the price for the Hezbollah's actions.

Where's Hollywood when you need 'em?

Posted by: Buck on July 31, 2006 4:24 AM
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