July 20, 2006

On Lebanon and the World

The small town of Mirwaheen in Southern Lebanon was one of the targets of Israel’s state sponsored terror machine a few days ago. The IOF gave the people of this small town two hours to evacuate and warned that they will begin attacking it at 10 AM Lebanon time. As the inhabitants began fleeing the town, Israel fired rockets at a van carrying families heading for safety. The death toll rose to 23, with many others injured. Why, Israel, do you give people warnings to flee when you will target them anyway? Are you going to do the same tomorrow to all of southern Lebanon? Is this part of your psychological war against innocent civilians? You of course do not realize that these individuals are considered internally displaced persons (IDPs) and are subject to international protections against refugees and IDPs. You wouldn’t know this because your not one to give any regard to international laws that are put in place to make this world safer. You create your own laws, your own norms. You place no value on any human being who is not an Israeli Jew.

This is the everyday story of Israel’s unrelenting war on the people of Lebanon, as it has been before on Palestine and continues to this minute. This is the story of Israel’s destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure, its villages and towns, its history and its people. It is the story of a country still recovering from a civil war instigated by Israel. Today, the Jewish state has pushed Lebanon back another forty years without any regrets or considerations for the laws set by the international community.

Lebanon. The country that only one year ago was the center of the Bush administration’s agenda, which sought to “liberate” it from Syrian “occupation” and “influence”. This is the Lebanon that Christians the world over cry out to when there is the slightest indication that its indigenous Christian population is being persecuted by Muslims. Where are the Christians of the world crying out now for their Lebanese brethren? Where are Bush’s evangelical conservatives who cry wolf every time Copts in Egypt are harmed? Where are the Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Syria who are ready to burn embassies and effigies when they are angered by a despicable cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad? Why isn’t this anger as visible as it was a few months ago over the cartoon fiasco? Where is the international community? Where is Bush and de Villepin's support for Lebanese independence? Where where where is the world?!

Eight days have already passed, and I am already beginning to sense that the news of the Israeli atrocities in Lebanon is getting old for some people. Some are already becoming “used to” and “desensitized” to the mass murder and statistics of casualties. The numbers in the hundreds are becoming normal. The first days it was a shock. Over the next week, people will forget. They will push the frustration and sadness and anger to the back of their minds, and worry about their own problems. They will return to their everyday lives as Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East, and continue living under oppressive regimes. They will not realize that this is the first time a force in the Middle East has been able to counter Israeli aggression with some real results.

In conversations with my father and grandfather over the past few days we have recalled past Arab defeats against Israel. We remembered the six day war in which various Arab nations succumbed to the loss of large portions of their land without much of a fight. Today, after eight days, Israel doesn’t dare step foot into Lebanon. It is cowardly attacking innocents by air and sea, afraid to risk the lives of their soldiers who would much rather shoot and bomb from a distance.

Israel is a cowardly rogue state, and no country is willing to stop its murderous machine. While the world has its eyes set on Lebanon, Israel continues its persecution of the Palestinian people, taking the lives of more than 14 people in just one day. Fifty here, twenty there, a few bridges here, a couple homes there, Israel is keeping itself busy these days.

In the Arab world, a few thousand people have come out to protest Israeli aggression. Against the will of their people, some Arab leaders have shown their true loyalties as they directly and indirectly insulted and condemned the Lebanese resistance against Israeli aggression. An Arab summit cannot even be held yet because not enough leaders have agreed to attend.

In the US, congressmen loyal to the Israeli lobby also showed their true colors as they rushed to support H.R. 921 declaring Israel's right to defend itself and continue its oppression against Lebanon and Palestine. Senator Hillary Clinton also ran to support the Israeli cause giving a fiery speech at a New York rally supporting the Israeli bombardment and siege of Lebanon and Gaza.

This is the sad reality of the international community's reaction to Israel's aggression. This is how they responded to the calls of Lebanese mothers, to the cries of Palestinian children. If they had kept their mouths shut, we'd be better off.

Ahhh Beirut....Ahhh Gaza, hangin' there, but while you're at it, don't put your faith in the world. Put your faith in a higher force.

(please excuse my scattered thoughts as I have been trying to collect them in an organized fashion but to no avail. the long hours glued to the television have worn my eyes and my brain cells and i'm not sure how i even managed to put together this post.)

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12 Comments:

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You place no value on any human being who is not an Israeli Jew.

Do you pay attention how Jordanian's lives are valuable to Israel. Why, do you think?

 
At 4:45 AM, Blogger Abed. Hamdan said...

anonymous:

If Israel values the lives of its soldier, then It will stop for a second and negotiate.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Fatima said...

Strong words, moi.

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Abed. Hamdan said...

anonymous: if Israel care about the Jordanians, then It will release the Jordanian illeagl prisoners in Israel.

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel can't value the lives of their soldiers. They use them as their weapons - and then laugh at their Arab equivalents, Hamas and Hezbollah, for using similar methods.

How is sending an endless supply of troops to danger zones not another way of "suicide bombing"? We're talking about young troops who aren't defending their country voluntarily. But to survive, and to continue their lives as decent human beings, they must first experience what it feels like to risk your life for your country's existence at the tender age of 20-something. It's sick. You're traumatizing YOUR civilians and OUR civilians. Exposing them to the hideous face of war and leaving them with no other choice but to suffer through it.

I'm tired of the argument that the "IDF doesn't target innocent people" like terrorists do. There has been documented proof of at least one Zionist terrorist organization that's been merged into the Israeli army, just like there is proof of prisoners in America being hired as snipers for the U.S military. Vietnam is the perfect example for this, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same methods are applied in Iraq.

Furthermore, since 1992 there has been at least 400 Israeli soldiers to commit suicide.

[Source: Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, Oct. 10, 2005, p. 6.]

Every pro-Israel argument has been refuted. Lies are being exposed and ardent Zionists are closing their eyes and ears insisting that it's all propoganda. What propoganda? You think we're enjoying this? You think we're doing this because we're jealous of your lives? I'd rather live in Somalia than live in a free and fake democratic country that's guilty of torture and initiating wars. I'm not the only one to feel that way. Some American soldiers are so ashamed of the crimes they've committed that they're currently living in Canada because they simply can't accept what their own country put them through.

Example of only one soldier who did this:
http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/12/04/hinzman-refugee041204.html

So to be in blind support of any of the forces, be it Hezbollah or the IDF, you must really hate the human race. We must all see what goes beyond the words and "intended actions" of our governments. If more Israelis did this, and more Arabs did this, we might just have hope shining through at the end of the tunnel. So far, though, I can only see more graves. We're too proud to admit defeat and they're too supportive of their government to admit their mistakes.

-ES

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Elizabeth S. said...

If only there were more people like you and fewer cowards, the true story would hit mainstream media. Even then, we would need the courageous to step up and say what MUST every sane person's thought: "THIS IS UNJUST AND IT MUST END NOW!"

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger kilamxx said...

We must never stop speaking out against the Zionist tyranny even if it seems that no one is listening. It is the duty of every Muslim to pressure their governments or leaders to voice out against this blatant aggression.
Don't let the world be desensitized to the tragedy as Moi has pointed out.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Abed. Hamdan said...

moi: I linked to ur blog, is it ok ?? on the side bar of my blog ?? 3adi ?

 
At 4:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you check your "myoccupationblog" gmail account? Thanks.

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questions

Didn't this war start when two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped from inside Israel?

Didn't Israel withdraw from Lebanon six years ago?

In the past six years, hasn't Hezbollah continued to fire rockets into Israel, even though there was no Israeli occupation in Lebanon?

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I enjoy your blog. Interesting stuff. Keep posting!

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger bandicoot said...

moi- Just stumbled on your blog by accident; I was googling "Mirwaheen" and it was one of the top hits; congrats! I hope you don't mind me linking to your blog, Roundabout Dubai; another blog of mine is
"twoghettos.blogspot.com">Two Ghettos
.

I also like to invite you to check out our community forum UAE Community Blog.

Thanks; good work.

 
At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your political ranting and chanting about the wrongs of the Israeli "tyranny" will do no good, and it shouldn't. you refuse to look at the facts, such as hezbollah being the initiator in this. the fact that Israel is attacking areas with concentration of Hezbollah and Hamas influence, population, and tolerance. maybe the day will come when someone walks into your neighborhood with a bomb strapped around their waist, i want you to just let it go. don't retaliate. take their side. feel their pain. i think you're just upset because thats about the extent of damage that these weak organizations built on extreme views can do, petty attacks. israel has enough force to handle it, you should be glad they are restraining from using all of it. i wouldn't. one slit throat. one suicide bomber. these worthless nations would be reduced to scattered stacks of broken bricks and bones.

 

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