I can no longer remain silent on the Israeli War in Lebanon. Everyday, I sit and watch the news, then I read more accounts on the Internet, and I feel sick with disdain for what is happening. I remember reading about the first time Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, wondering how the world could sit back and let “The Bulldozer” Ariel Sharon orchestrate the massacres of tens of thousand of people in refugee camps, but now that I am actually living it, I feel more helpless.
I read somewhere that the definition of insanity is when one attempts to get different results by committing the same act. So by that definition Israel must be insane. Since its inception they have wanted to eliminate terrorist forces by collectively punishing who ever they deem responsible, thus creating more the very terrorist they are trying to destroy. I could sit here and write about the atrocities that occurred back in 1982, but I will recommend the book Fateful Triangle by Noam Chomsky to do that. Instead, I want to explore the idea whether Israel really wants peace or not.
Karl Marx said that the ideas of the ruling party become the ideas of the world. And nowhere is that more apparent than watching CNN and BCC. The idea of Israel as victim is being played out at farcical repetition, as one of the most powerful military forces in the world systemically cripples a nation and kills civilians, they are being lauded as the victim.
Could you imagine if Basque separatist from France kidnapped two Spanish soldiers and Spain subsequently bombard the airport in Paris as well as power stations, roads, and major bridges. What would the world do?
Sorry, I let my emotions get the better of me. The question I asked earlier is if Israel, the victim, truly wants peace, what are they doing about it? Peace cannot be achieved through force. Violence is the antithesis of peace. The actions of the state of Israel are not of a nation who wants peace, but one who needs to go to some anger management classes. It seems that the War on Terror has simply become Terror.
I may be simplifying the issue, but I think it is important to ask ourselves, what are the root causes of terrorism? Why are Hezbollah and Hamas so popular? And more importantly why doesn’t Israel learn that no amount of force will eradicate the causes of why people are angry. Let’s say they destroy every member of Hezbollah, if that is their true intentions, can they not see that another force will replace them. There will be no peace until there is justice. If we want to eradicate terrorism, we must enter Gaza and Southern Lebanon, not with tanks but with hope. Israel needs to help rebuild Gaza and give it support. Help educate the masses, give them opportunities, give them jobs, not wall them into highly dense ghettos and refugee camps.
Peace begins with the desire to help your enemy not destroy them. I am not a religious man, but I think Jesus said something about loving your enemy. Members of the Israeli government come on the TV and say that any democracy in the world would defend itself, and all they want is peace, but I ask how can this be achieved when you are waging a war on two fronts.
Yes, the kidnapping of the three soldiers is a crime, but so is holding of thousands of Palestinian prisoners for years with no trials. And does the “kidnapping’ of soldiers on a highly militarized border, justify the destruction of an entire country. Over 100 innocent Lebanese civilians have already been killed. Not to mention the thousands of people scarred by the nature of war. It is easy for us to sit here and watch what is happening on the news, but imagine being a child in Beirut. Israel needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and see what it wants to achieve with these acts of state terrorism. Because as we speak there are young men, fuming with anger as their homes are destroyed, ready to join what ever force that will avenge their fallen brothers. Would they not be better served as friends?
I claim that Israel does not want peace. The people may want a solution but their government is betraying their wishes. They are still clinging to the idea of the greater Israel as drawn up by the early Zionist architects. The people of Israel are being used by greater powers to bring Syria and Iran into a larger war to redraw the Middle East. I for one am tired of the Israeli government playing the victim, only to lash out with extreme state terrorism, at innocent people not responsible for the crime of the day. If Israel wants peace it must find a new way of achieving it, bombing your neighbors doesn’t seem to be working.