Thursday, July 27, 2006

Condemned to repeat the sins of the past...

The current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is just plain crazy. Israel's response to the simple kidnapping of two soldiers at a border post has been excessive to say the least. Of course, the world expresses their dislike of Israel's actions but the US cheers them on.

The excessive actions being perpertrated by Israel on the people of Lebanon is eerily similar to some of the actions of Nazi Germany on resistance movements during WWII. In some ways the comparison between Israel and Nazi Germany is a little unfair but it is the most similar in the treatment of those that oppose the greater power. Do the Jews realise what they are doing will not end well for them? The Hezbollah know this and actively goad the Israeli's into launch attacks that will have some level of civilian casualties and deaths. There is no doubt that the actions of Hezbollah make them a terrorist organisation and Israel has every right to defend themselves against the attacks, but they need to do it much smarter than they currently are. Bombing Lebanese infrastructure (like bridges, roads, runways, etc.) which is in no way connected to a terrorist organisation is wrong any way you see it.

Another facet to this conflict which really puzzled me was the US pledge of aid worth $40 million to Lebanon to help the supply of food and water to those affected by the conflict. Seems all nice and helpful even though the US supports Israels actions in Lebanon. But when you consider that Israel receives 30% of the total US foreign aid budget, which adds up to over $5 billion per year, nearly $15 million per day. The $40 million over of ais to Lebanon seems a bit pissweak really. And the US wonders why the terroroists are tagretting them and Israel.

I found this great quote from Mahatma Gandhi about Israel's 'right to exist':
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home." - Mahatma Gandhi, 26/11/1938

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