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.