August 9, 2006: Day 29 of the July War • Besieged in Lebanon

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

A colleague forwarded this to me, from the IDF web site; it’s quite pathetic:

Prior to the operation the citizens of the village were warned to leave their houses in time. In order to confirm there are no civilians present in one of the structures in the village, the force fired small arms and threw grenades towards buildings. The forces located a large reserve of weapons hidden in a building, and the soldiers were injured from explosions that occurred following the detonation of the weapons.

The game of marketing and public relations catering to a tiny subset of the global population is the dominant marker of those wishing to impose hegemonic control over others. The antidote is to suss out those who counter this hegemony.

My colleague has updated his blog “Besieged in Lebanon”; he’s giving the political/social background of this that I haven’t had the time to really delve into. Especially now that there is yet again criticism that Hezbollah and the Shi’a have always been “a state within the state”, ignoring the history of discrimination against them in this country. I mean, would you take a Harlem minister’s social services program and call it a terrorist organization? Would you target a social services program in, say, Oakland, California created for an ostracized people and set about to destroy it, accuse it of being separatist, and target its leaders for prison and assassination? Oh, wait, yeah, forgot about the Black Panthers, sorry. Strike that. This is from the Black Panther’s 10-Point Plan:

We believe that the various conflicts which exist around the world stem directly from the aggressive desire of the United States ruling circle and government to force its domination upon the oppressed people of the world. We believe that if the United States government or its lackeys do not cease these aggressive wars it is the right of the people to defend themselves by any means necessary against their aggressors.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident”….

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Will the Israelis bomb these people too? From Lebanon Solidarity:

On August 12 at 7 am, we will gather in Martyrs’ Square to form a civilian convoy to the south of Lebanon. Hundreds of Lebanese and international civilians will carry relief as an expression of solidarity for the inhabitants of the heavily destroyed south who have been bravely withstanding the assault of the Israeli military.

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The following is from the book Ropes of Sand: America’s Failure in the Middle East by former CIA operative Wilbur Crane Eveland, published in 1980 but just as prescient today:

Finally, in Lebanon, the United States faced the consequences of its failure to apply impartiality in its dealings with the peoples of the Middle East, the principles of equal justice upon which the American Republic was founded. The presence in Lebanon of the Palestinians made homeless by the creation of the state of Israel and its expansion in 1967 jeopardized the survival of another state….The question of whether America’s support of one ally (Israel) would lead to the destruction of another (Lebanon) can be resolved only by the United States. Until now, political rhetoric, lobbying in Washington, and fancied allegations that Biblical history supercedes international law have all been employed to obfuscate the issues and delay the resolution of a problem the United States has evaded for over thirty years. The basic question is a simple one, involving nothing more complicated than human rights: Can there be any justice in denying to four million Palestinians, now living under Israeli occupation or abroad, the same rights of citizenship and statehood enjoyed by three million Israelis and guaranteed…to every Jew on the face of the earth?

Leave aside the implicit imperialist notion of America as a bastion of human rights to begin with….

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And a final word for today from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of This Earth:

Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe….Europe undertook the leadership of the world with ardor, cynicism, and violence. Look at how the shadow of her palaces stretches out even further! Every one of her movements has burst the bounds of space and thought. Europe has declined all humility and all modesty; but she has also set her face against all solicitude and tenderness….When I search for Man in the techniques and the style of Europe, I see only a succession of negations of Man, and an avalanche of murders.

I realize now that there is no point to anything anymore. Lebanon has a 7-point plan agreed to by every political faction in the country and supported by the countries of the region. The United States and France are ignoring it to put in place their continued notion of what makes for “peace” here. It hasn’t been “peace” for 60 years, and if it continues with this status quo it will still not be “peace”. No one here is buying it. Today there are posters up in Hamra that show Condoleezza Rice delivering missiles to babies. Another poster compares the U.N. Resolutions that Israel still does not abide by to the single one they are themselves singlehandedly implementing now.

Lebanon says: NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. There’s no other way to have it at this point. Salam.

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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