Wednesday, August 09, 2006

One thousand and counting

Do I need to tell you that's how many Lebanese have died at Israeli hands in the past four weeks or so?

While in Italy, I saw a news report on CNN. A Lebanese citizen standing in the rubble of his hometown was saying that he will not move, and that -- get this -- the Israelis, Americans, and British will not make him change his mind.

Makes you proud, doesn't it, to be right up there on the shitlist of a normal workaday man? You Americans for providing bombs and general support to Israel, and we British for allowing US planes to transport bombs to Israel and for not demanding an immediate ceasefire and for not standing up to that prick Bush.

Citizens of Lebanon and of Lebanese heritage, know this: It's not in my name.


Blogger Deep Stoat said...

Dear A

Whilst I agree with you that the Blair/Bush axis should not be "in my name" or that we should be a conduit for arms and succour, Israel is and has been under siege for decades.

They have a right to defend themselves against an enemy that requires nothing short of Israel's total annihilation.

BTW The idea of "proportionality" in war is absurd. Wars are fought to be won, and won decisively.

The average Lebanese bloke in the street is probably prepared to live and let live, as far as their neighbours are concerned, but they cannot because they have allowed a group of murderers to rise to power.

Like it or not, a general rule for society is you get what you deserve, and if you don't stand up for what is right in your own community the bullies and the bandits will take over.

09 August, 2006 13:20  
Blogger Tanya said...

You never see the politicians fighting on the frontlines do you?

09 August, 2006 14:09  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Well Deep Sloat, I don't agree with you. War often ends because of anhilation sure...OR ends because the parties just get worn out...or when a country stops being occupied the war usually ends too.

Saying thisgs like "they started it" is a really sad fucking excuse to take sides. It's gone long past "they started it".

Everyone should demand a ceasefire and not only that but use our imaginations to find a way to put pressure on these people to stop. If they are going to use childrens arguments to keep fighting, then maybe they should be disiplined by taking away their toys...

er ah...their "allowance".

09 August, 2006 15:06  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

p.s. um sheesh Asterisk, when I read the first line of this post, I thought you were announcing your 1,000th post and I was gonna faint.

09 August, 2006 15:07  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

This war is a media one and as long as Israel use their current tactics they will be the losers

09 August, 2006 21:58  
Blogger _z. said...

It's like I have to say something when I read emails and posts my "foreign" friends send me, or publish on their blogs. But really I find myself most of the time speechless.

We know that the actions and the discourses of Bush and Blair are not those of the U.S and the U.K.

thank you for your support... it helps.

10 August, 2006 03:42  
Blogger _z. said...

I didn't know who George Galloway was... check this if you have time. (9mins)

I have to admit he is very pragmatic. even I don't agree with everything he advanced. but here it is:

10 August, 2006 06:42  
Blogger Adam said...

I'm just waiting for 2008 - although I can't believe a new president, republican or democrat can single-handedly fix all the problems Bush has caused, it will just be a breath of fresh air.

I honestly think sometimes that we're just on this slippery slope to hell, ha.

10 August, 2006 07:48  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Nobody really wins. Ever. Victories are always temporary. That's why it's all such a waste of life.

10 August, 2006 19:17  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

DS: To be fair, I don't think the Lebanese have let a bunch of murderers rise to power. And Israel was created, essentially, from land taken from other countries. So I can understand the local non-Jews being aggrieved. What's more, Israel then began occupying land beyond their own borders. They haven't exactly been good neighbours themselves, have they?!

Tanya: Nope. They're too important, you see (!).

Candy: Stop paying our taxes, that's how to remove these people's allowance. But it has to be a global, perfectly organized stand.

Shamash: Agreed.

_z.: Thanks. This whole thing really makes me angry. I'm surprised at quite how much, I must say.

Adam: Change of face, but same old same old, I suspect...

4D: A waste of life is exactly what it is.

11 August, 2006 09:53  

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