Think Of That: July 2006

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

How many times does the Phoenix have to die?

Lebanon is burning once again.

Once again, it’s being shredded into pieces by a war no one had expected.

In response to a capture of two of its soldiers by Hezbollah, the state of Israel has decided to destroy every bridge, every airport, hundred of houses and killed more than 350 civilians (and counting), mostly women and children. Half a million people were forced to leave their homes.

And the rest of the world is watching... The US is even backing Israel in its mission of mass destruction.

In its fight against terrorism (The new craze after September 11, 2000), the US has given Israel the green light to eradicate Hezbollah from the south of Lebanon. Its only warning was not to use excessive force, and to avoid civilians and infrastructure (Yeah, right…)

The problem with the US is its lack of understanding of the Middle East. Trying to wipe out Hezbollah as if it was Al-Qaeda or some other secret organization is purely absurd to say the least. Just searching for the word Hezbollah on the net will reveal much more than that. I found the Wikipedia page very informative: “Hezbollah is the main political party and military organization representing the Shia community, Lebanon's largest religious bloc.”<…>”The group currently operates at least four hospitals, 12 clinics, 12 schools and two agricultural centers that provide farmers with technical assistance and training. It also has an environmental department and an extensive social assistance programme. Medical care is also cheaper than in most of the countries private hospitals and free for Hezbollah members”. With this in mind, how can anyone think of eliminating Hezbollah by means of force?

It appears that Lebanon has to always pay the price of bad politics and this time, the price was very high. I’m sure that this 5000 years old country will rise again once more like the firebird that is reborn and rises from its ashes but … how many times does the Phoenix have to die?