13 Comments Published by jonz on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 11:24 AM.
"The left" defends Hizbollah and her allies... Visting their site you will find no condemnation of the terror attacks on Israel (let's face it - they fully support them)
From David Aaronovitch's Comment piece in The Times today
....It makes more sense to ask why Hezbollah provoked this crisis. There is a whole cottage industry devoted to the reweaving of Hezbollah as a kind of unique mixture of cool guerrillismo and charity organisation, and its leader Hassan Nasrullah as the turbanned love-child of Gerry Adams and Bob Geldof. For a few years now, one or other of the preachers of this pleasant metamorphosis will appear to tell us how sophisticated, tactically astute and popular Nasrullah and his men are.A
.... On the BBC yesterday I heard a reporter in the bombed port city of Tyre being told by a local man: “No Hezbollah in Tyre!” Which — as the reporter didn’t say — will come as extraordinary news to everyone in Lebanon. [LOL!]
It seems to me to be utterly reasonable for Israel to take steps against an extragovernmental armed force — one that is not party to the Palestinian-Israeli dispute — that threatens its borders.
The bigger questions are whether Israel’s actions will attain the desired result, and what the international community can do, if anything, to help that process. This is a matter of trying to ensure that the military campaign for security does not fatally weaken support for the democratic and reform forces in Lebanon. It is unlikely that the Israelis have any very deliberate strategy for coping with this dilemma.
That might then be the role of any international force, if it were to be deployed in southern Lebanon, as Tony Blair desires. It would have to negotiate and help to enforce the disarming of Hezbollah and the integration of its fighters back into society, while quite possibly facilitating the return of Lebanese prisoners held by the Israelis and withdrawal by Israel from the disputed Sheba farms area. It would be UN Resolution 1559, with guns.
The trouble is that I cannot for a moment see Hezbollah, or its Iranian and Syrian allies, agreeing to it. In which case the force would either fight in the southern suburbs of Beirut, or it would sit impotently, watching the missiles go both ways overhead.
And there’s more at stake even than this. The Mohajer-4 drone, supplied by Iran and test-flown over Israeli soil in 2004 and 2005, could — as Professor Paul Rogers, of Bradford University, pointed out last year — be adapted to take “cluster munitions or even a chemical-weapon payload”. “The short flight of the Mohajer 4,” wrote Rogers, “could be seen as the precursor of a fundamental shift.”
Developed by Iran, used by Hezbollah. And what else might Iran be developing? And who, we may ask ourselves over the charred meat, might use it?
The turbanned love-child of Gerry Adams and Bob Geldof." Wow. Way to undermine your entire argument with a well placed piece of unintended racism. And I was pretty much agreeing with you up to that point. Go David.
Something a little more amusing, Bush cuts through all the stuffy politicians' crap at the G8 meeting with "Yo! Blair!" and "thing is what they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hizbollah to stop doing this shit" !!!
There's actually another rather good comment piece over at The Times, World leaders must do better than ground troops to silence Hezbollah
It is hard to see how ground troops, presumably under UN auspices, could stop Hezbollah’s Iranian-made rockets, with a range of 50 miles, from sailing overhead. Besides, there is already a 2,000-strong UN mission in the area, where it has been since 1978, although it does not have the power to enforce peace. Any new force, presumably with a stiffer mandate, could take months to form and then mobilise. This may be an honourable idea, but it does not look like a solution.Good point .... Well the UN is infamous for it's uselessness in the world stage, and it's terror inducing strongly worded statments..... Hat tip Harry's Place
Meanwhile lefties openly support Hizbollah's attacks against Israel;
I hope hizbollah give the Israelis such a fucking kicking. The Israeli forces are afraid to advance any futher into lebanon because of the kicking they received before.
Eastman20 | 18 Jul, 14:34 | #
Hezbollah's 'aggression' is self-defense. For fuck's sake.
lenin | Homepage | 18 Jul, 12:36 | #