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Monday, July 17, 2006

An Arab Point of View of the Lebanon - Israeli situation: 'In a Bind"

Reposted from Arab News, Editorial: In a Bind, that was posted in their online newspaper on 17 July 2006. Arab News is one of the first English Daily Newspaper in Saudi Arabia published simultaneously from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran.

DISCLAIMER: The different points of views of Arab News or it’s contributors are not supported nor do they reflect the views and beliefs of the Bosun Locker or any entity affiliated with the Bosun Locker. It is good to get the Arab point of view along with the western reporters and thinkers.

Lebanon's bind is deepening, forced as it is to choose between Israel and Hezbollah. If Beirut is to do what Israel wants — take charge of the entire country, which would include reining in Hezbollah, it stands to enter into a confrontation with the party that could turn into a conflagration not dissimilar to the 15-year civil war which tore the country apart. If Lebanon opts not to go after Hezbollah, it will be continue to get the extraordinary pounding Israel is inflicting upon it. Lebanon should choose neither — Israel for the deplorable killing of over 100 civilians, many of them children, thus far and for the destruction of so much of Lebanon, particularly Beirut, which was painstakingly rebuilt from the ashes of civil strife. Nor should Beirut choose Hezbollah, which, even though it helped liberate southern Lebanon from Israel’s more than 20-year-occupation, has today triggered a crisis when there was no particular reason to do so.

But Beirut must choose. Yet should it decide to start flexing its muscle over Hezbollah, the country could systematically disintegrate. However, it appears the Lebanese government might be heading in a path leading to Hezbollah. Indications that the Lebanese Army might be sent to take control of southern Lebanon, which Hezbollah effectively controls, are a clear signal the government wants to reassert its authority over all Lebanese territory. Should Lebanon take the steps necessary toward staking a claim on the country, it would have international law on its side, the dismantlement of Hezbollah coming under UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which in 2004 called for the “disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias”.

But any effort by Fuad Siniora’s government to use force against Hezbollah could trigger another bloody civil war.

To avoid such a future, Lebanon must not project a who-is-the-boss attitude. Disarming Hezbollah should be done gradually, through a process of national reconciliation. But the process must start now. The Israeli response to a Hezbollah attack on Haifa will be brutal; world reaction will surely not act as a deterrent. The UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement calling for a cease-fire in Lebanon, despite pleas from the Lebanese prime minister. President Bush will not press Israel to halt its attacks. Hezbollah, meanwhile, is firing waves of rockets ever deeper into Israel, getting closer to Tel Aviv. Neither side is showing signs of backing down from the conflict. The relationship between Hezbollah and the government is complex, but should not be confused. The government is not responsible for Hezbollah’s actions.

Because Hezbollah operates outside the government’s authority, the Lebanese government should not be held responsible for the present mess. States, not parties, should take decisions about going to war. Lebanese civilians and their cities are bearing the brunt of an assault for which Siniora holds both Israel and Hezbollah responsible — the former for using a disproportionate use of deadly force to secure the release of two captured Israeli soldiers, the latter for dragging Lebanon into a conflict the government neither chose nor wanted. Should it take its fate in its own hands, the Lebanese government would be exercising the right and duty it has in extending control over all its territory.

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5 comments:

Rosemary said...

Disproportionate? HA! Hizbollah did NOT drive Israel out of south Lebanon. They left of their own free will in good faith.

The government IS responsible, because Hizbollah sits 15-40 seats in the parliament! Don't try to bs me, bucco.

TheBottomLine said...

"Because Hezbollah operates outside the government’s authority, the Lebanese government should not be held responsible for the present mess. States, not parties, should take decisions about going to war."

Lebanon is one country not two different countries. Southern Lebanon is not a country, or serperate entity. The Lebanese goverment technically is responsible for what goes on Southern Lebanon. The problem is Lebanon is puppet of Syria right now because they back Hezballah who has 15 seats in the government and a lot of people support them and the Pro-Syrian Prime Minster Syria's puppet. The Lebanese goverment has no control there country. Syria, and Iran are using Lebanon for battle ground against freedom and democracy.

The only reason Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 is because the where harboring Arafat and the PLO. If Lebanon stops harboring terrorists then is bright future.

-canuck- said...

if the lebanese government was serious about disarming hizbollah they should have done something. anything.

of course they didnt.

Rosemary said...

I concur. Thanks The Bottom Line. I have heard anywhere from 15 to 40. That is why I put it that way in my prior comment.

I concur that Lebanon is a puppet government, as well. They cannot get rid of Hizbollah. Their army is weak, and half of them belong or sympathize with Hizbollah! Nice point Canuck.

How are you doing, Bos'un? I pray you are well. :)

The_Bos'un said...

Thank you all for your comments. Rosemay, I am fine. Like your new site. I accepted the invitation.