Earlier today (not here), someone tried to take me to task for my opinions on the current Israeli-quagmire. I do not intend to justify the actions of Hamas or Hezbollah, but I’ll stop short of full condemnation. They are supporting the Palestinian cause for independence against the 13th largest military in the world (for a nation the size of New Jersey.) Do these groups commit acts of terrorism? However you might define it, yeah, they probably do. But Israel’s track record is nothing short of horrendous. Try doing a search for the Sabra & Chatila refugee camp massacres – which were carried out by the warring faction in Lebanon which was at the time amenable to Israel’s cause. Israel has a nasty habit of targeting civilian infrastructure, and using truly nasty weapons like white phosphorous (in a Jewish newspaper, no less!), not for illumination, but as an antipersonnel device. Charming. Keep digging – it gets worse.
So yeah, I think there’s a problem with the severe disproportionality of the current Israeli response in and about Lebanon? They’ve only done everything they can to isolate the nation from the world – in other words, they’re pretty much trying to lay siege to a nation. And if that’s not enough, consider the absolutely indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas:
Israeli war planes targeted bridges and other infrastructure, especially in the south of Lebanon. Many people stayed up all night waiting with dread.
“Israel imposed a full naval blockade on Lebanon on Thursday and put Beirut’s international airport out of commission, and the militant group Hezbollah loosed a hail of rockets and mortar shells that killed two Israelis and sent thousands into bomb shelters … “
In a statement issued by the European Union’s Finnish president, the great majority of the blame lies with Israel,
“The European Union is greatly concerned about the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Lebanon in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel,” it said. “The presidency deplores the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified.”(emphasis mine) … “One cannot justify the continued destruction by Israel of the civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and in Palestinian territory, involving the disproportionate use of force in which the civilian population suffers,” said a Russian statement.