Monday, July 17, 2006

The world's referee

Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair, along with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan have announced that an international “stabilization” force should be sent to the Israel/Lebanon border to put an end to the fighting.

"The only way we are going to get a cessation of hostilities is the deployment of an international force to stop the bombardment of Israel and get Israel to stop its attacks on Hezbollah," Blair said at a news conference in St. Petersburg at the end of the G-8 summit.

Sooo…the only way to stop the fighting is to…stop the fighting. Got it.

But seriously, this situation is quickly getting out of hand. In an “accidental” leak over an open microphone, reporters heard President Bush say he was sending Condi Rice to the Mid East, evidently believing The Woman That Fun Forgot could help balm the situation.


Why can’t we stay out of a single world fight!? We didn’t start this battle, we didn’t initiate the retaliation that continued this battle! I mean, I guess it might be bad if Hezbollah got a lot of power from this struggle, so the issue can’t be ignored completely, but can’t we wait first — just a bit — to see if Israel can shoulder this one on its own?

What I also don’t understand is, why the fuck doesn’t the Lebanese government do something about Hezbollah? Look, I understand they are a powerful political group and even hold a few seats in that country’s government. But it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that this is a quasi-terrorist organization. Any group that thinks sneak-attacking and kidnapping military from a neighboring, far more powerful nation is a good tactic for … whatever it is they are seeking to gain from such a maneuver … is clearly a group in need of a few diplomacy and human decency lessons. Even if the Lebanese government doesn’t think it has the might and power to oust or control Hezbollah, all it has to do is ASK for some help. Somehow I think Israel would be willing to lend a hand to control said organization. And I think it would be mildly beneficial to the people of Lebanon to A.) rid themselves of a terrorist organization and B.) Stop getting bombed by Israel. Just a thought.

I don’t know. I’m no expert on foreign politics, and if anyone can point out the major flaw in my thoughts here, I’d be glad to hear it. But the solution always seems so simple, yet people never seem willing to take the easy way out when it comes to war.


Blogger -canuck- said...

the lebanese government is a puppet government but its not the usa pulling the strings: it's syria.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

"The Woman that Fun Forgot" - thank you for that. It's all a big fat MESS, but I do love it when politicians speak off the cuff without realizing their microphones are on.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, for the first time I feel that Israel has the every right to defend itself in whatever way it deems fit. Other situations in Israel were just as much their fault as they were the Palestinians and to that I said, "grow up children". But this situation is different. Hezbollah decided, "Hey, lets take some Israeli soldiers hostage" and the Israeli gov't is supposed to sit idly by and let it happen? They're also, apparently, supposed to sit idly by and let Hezbollah occupy the border between Lebanon and Israel and point dozens of missles at major Israeli city's? They've been provoked and threatened and now they're defending their country and their people. Good for Israel for fighting back, and shame on Lebanon for not removing Hezbollah from the border sooner. They never should have been there to begin with and now its coming back to bite them in the ass.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Oedipa Maas said...

Yeah, according to Bush (and others) it seems Syria has the real power to put a stop to this. But even if the Lebanese government is a "puppet," couldn't the puppet ask the puppeteer for help when someone is trying to cut its strings?

It certainly is a fine mess. Why can't we all just get along? And I can't blame Israel for protecting its countrymen, but a girl I know from Lebanon claims that the Israeli government has been illegally imprisoning Lebanese politicians and doing other under-the-radar war crimes to the Lebanese people, which is why Hezbollah has been trying to provoke a large-scale fight: to get publicity for the plight of its people. I'm not saying I believe any of this, I'm just putting it out there as a reason for Hezbollah to attack Israel.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Cup said...

well hezbollah claims that they will release the prisoners as soon as israel releases it's prisoners. so it's obvious that this wasn't "unprovoked". but i don't feel bad for anyone in this whole situation. retaliation always begets more retaliation. and if israel really did commit war crimes or kidnap lebanese politicians, well then the answer wasn't to kidnap israeli soldiers and fire rockets at them. if you're in the african wilderness, and a lion comes up and eats your leftover food, the answer wouldn't be to go steal his freshly killed gazelle and then throw rocks at him from a distance. if you expect the lion to come back over and say "oh here, sorry, here's your food back" instead of jaunting over to you and mauling your face off, then you're a freakin moron.

israel is basically saying "fuck off" and showing that area of the world to stop fucking with them.

3:25 PM  
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