Israel vs. Lebanon - Justified defense or acts of agression?

Autor: Martin Podolský | 6.8.2006 o 12:31 | Karma článku: 10,20 | Prečítané:  5801x

Conflict between Israel and Lebanon makes top stories in the news around the world. Many people sympathize with one or the other side, but by the most it's considered a humanitarian disaster that affects foremost the innocent ones - the regular, civilian people who want to live in peace...

(To anyone who's wondering I am writing this in English : I'm sorry if somebody doesn't understand it (hereby I aplogize) but it's my choice and it's not against rules of this blog. The conflict I'm going to comment draws global attention and I want to share it also with my friends that do not reside Slovakia and don't speak Slovak at all.)


Conflict between Israel and Lebanon makes top stories in the news around the world. Many people sympathize with one or the other side, but by the most it's considered a humanitarian disaster that affects foremost the innocent ones - the regular, civilian people who want to live in peace. Though I agree with the second statement and about first - I do not sympatize with any killing, from my point of view it's recognizable who's now in the position of victim there.

Israel is for long decades under great pressure of its neighbors. They are target of violent hate and islamic radicals deny their right for existence. They'd like to wipe Israel off the Middle Eastern map. Israel has undeniable right to defend against empty hate, violence and threats. Unfortunately, since they've been dealing with attacks and terror for a long time and haven't really been able to completely defend their own citizens, under these circumstances, they've partly also developed agressiveness, ignorance and I dare to say also hate, which ironically are the countervalues they've been defending from.

I understand nobody can deal with the fact of living in warzone. Living under pressure, knowing that anything around can blow in any second, seeing so much violence, terror and hate present among the people may have stong effect on developing attitudes. But even despite a great tolerance of their situation I can't look at the Isreali-Lebanese conflict without a major despise. Eye for an eye is a prehistorical way of enforcing justice and to certain extent it's rational. But this original principle does not work the way that you are free to gauge out the eyes of thosands of people who didn't even blink at you for someone ELSE who has hurt you. Such way of understanding eye for an eye is merely wrong. I can't help it, but Israli military action against Lebanon is in my opinion an unjustified aggression. It is not precisely aimed at the enemy - the Hezbollah movement, and sparing the lives of civilist isn't much in focus as well. Compared to other recent conflicts in the world, Unites States would never use the principle of collective guilt (not since dropping nukes on Japanese islands in WWII). When they claimed hostility originating from Al-Kaeda, Taliban or Saddam Hussein's regime, and did intervene in Afganistan and Iraq, their military actions were much more accurate - though not 100 & - but apparently aimed at these regimes. Even when Yugoslavia were bombed by NATO forces, and besides military targets a lot of social infrastructure were bombed, the civilian casualties were under 2000. On the contrary, Israel now executes politics similar to Slobodan Milosevic's regime - massacres of 'enemy' in instances collecive guilt.

My question is, why is actually Israel a constant warzone? Is it because of conflicts of cultures? Is it because the conflict is maintanted by those who for any reason want it there? Don't both Jewish and Muslim people want to live in peace? At least the most of them? Or is it that majority of them isn't able to override the minority that do want to fight? Where is the problem? Why all peace efforts died even when there were good chances for it? Like when United States yet under Clinton tried hard to establish a peace program with Isreal and Palestine? Plus do not all the frequent calls for peace from world community mean anything? Even the goodies, advantages and pardons world can offer them for keeping their region in peace? How long is this going to take, and may it end happily or one of the sides will have to be brought down in order for peace to take place there? Is it possible for Jewish and Muslim communities to integrate, bulid regional patriotism, or loyalty and healthy pride to the contry of Israel?

Your answers and opinions on this article are welcome in the discussion, in any language. Please use it wisely.


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