Saturday, August 05, 2006

A courageous voice of reason and sanity from Israel!

I know and always said that a goodness is present in the soul of men what ever their natinal or ethnic differences.

I read this article in the Internet, I found it deserve to be read by other as it throw some light on the darkness of the mind of some people.

Morality is not on our side


By Ze'ev Maoz


There's practically a holy consensus right now that the war in the
North is a just war and that morality is on our side. The bitter truth
must be said: this holy consensus is based on short-range selective
memory, an introverted worldview, and double standards.

This war is not a just war. Israel is using excessive force without
distinguishing between civilian population and enemy, whose sole
purpose is extortion. That is not to say that morality and justice are
on Hezbollah's side. Most certainly not. But the fact that Hezbollah
"started it" when it kidnapped soldiers from across an international
border does not even begin to tilt the scales of justice toward our
side.

Let's start with a few facts. We invaded a sovereign state, and
occupied its capital in 1982. In the process of this occupation, we
dropped several tons of bombs from the air, ground and sea, while
wounding and killing thousands of civilians. Approximately 14,000
civilians were killed between June and September of 1982, according to
a conservative estimate. The majority of these civilians had nothing
to do with the PLO, which provided the official pretext for the war.

In Operations Accountability and Grapes of Wrath, we caused the mass
flight of about 500,000 refugees from southern Lebanon on each
occasion. There are no exact data on the number of casualties in these
operations, but one can recall that in Operation Grapes of Wrath, we
bombed a shelter in the village of Kafr Kana which killed 103
civilians. The bombing may have been accidental, but that did not make
the operation any more moral.

On July 28, 1989, we kidnapped Sheikh Obeid, and on May 12, 1994, we
kidnapped Mustafa Dirani, who had captured Ron Arad. Israel held these
two people and another 20-odd Lebanese detainees without trial, as
"negotiating chips." That which is permissible to us is, of course,
forbidden to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah crossed a border that is recognized by the international
community. That is true. What we are forgetting is that ever since our
withdrawal from Lebanon, the Israel Air Force has conducted
photo-surveillance sorties on a daily basis in Lebanese airspace.
While these flights caused no casualties, border violations are border
violations. Here too, morality is not on our side.

So much for the history of morality. Now, let's consider current
affairs. What exactly is the difference between launching Katyushas
into civilian population centers in Israel and the Israel Air Force
bombing population centers in south Beirut, Tyre, Sidon and Tripoli?
The IDF has fired thousands of shells into south Lebanon villages,
alleging that Hezbollah men are concealed among the civilian
population. Approximately 25 Israeli civilians have been killed as a
result of Katyusha missiles to date. The number of dead in Lebanon,
the vast majority comprised of civilians who have nothing to do with
Hezbollah, is more than 300.

Worse yet, bombing infrastructure targets such as power stations,
bridges and other civil facilities turns the entire Lebanese civilian
population into a victim and hostage, even if we are not physically
harming civilians. The use of bombings to achieve a diplomatic goal -
namely, coercing the Lebanese government into implementing UN Security
Council Resolution 1559 - is an attempt at political blackmail, and no
less than the kidnapping of IDF soldiers by Hezbollah is the aim of
bringing about a prisoner exchange.

There is a propaganda aspect to this war, and it involves a
competition as to who is more miserable. Each side tries to persuade
the world that it is more miserable. As in every propaganda campaign,
the use of information is selective, distorted and self-righteous. If
we want to base our information (or shall we call it propaganda?)
policy on the assumption that the international environment is going
to buy the dubious merchandise that we are selling, be it out of
ignorance or hypocrisy, then fine. But in terms of our own national
soul searching, we owe ourselves to confront the bitter truth - maybe
we will win this conflict on the military field, maybe we will make
some diplomatic gains, but on the moral plane, we have no advantage,
and we have no special status.

The writer is a professor of political science at Tel Aviv university.

6 comments:

Jack Bennett said...

Dr. TT, good to see you posting again. I have to admit I was very supportive of Israel's initial strikes against Hezbollah - they had after all crossed the international border, killed Israeli soldiers and kidnapped 2. That seems to me a declaration of war.

But the longer this has gone on, it seems obvious to me that Hezbollah could care less how many of their fellow Lebanonese die. I don't think this was about "trading prisoners" as Hezbollah says but about what Hezbollah's Masters (i.e. Iran) wants. Why so many Arabs are willing to die to satisfy the whims of Persian Shia mullahs I don't know. Having said all that I think Israel has fallen into Hezbollah's trap. The more innocent Lebabonese who die, the more Lebanon is destroyed, the worse it gets for Israel both internationally and regionally and it also seems like Israel has no actual plan of war - just bomb everything and hope you kill some Hezbollah. That doesn't make sense.

Israel should stop right now, maybe invite the Lebanonese PM to Israel for peace talks, get some of the more powerful nations (US, UK, France) and some of the Arab nations at peace with Israel (Jordan, Egypt) and have a summit - thus isolating Hezbollah and Iran. But it seems instead they just think bombing is going to work - all that leads to is more war and more people looking for revenge.

On another note, HNK wrote you were pulled over by a US convoy with your oldest daughter and baby grandson in the car. I know it doesn't do any good - but as an American I'm sorry for that - a distinguished man of dignity (which comes through the Internet) shouldn't have to face something like that. It doesn't make any sense either - a man of your age with a young woman and baby travelling with him is exactly the OPPOSITE of the kind of suicide bombers/criminals who should be stopped.

Best wishes to yourself and your family.

Truth teller said...

Jack Bennett

"HNK wrote you were pulled over by a US convoy with your oldest daughter and baby grandson in the car."

Thank you for your feeling.
I was with my daughter and little Aya, my beautiful grand daughter. The American kept me in the sun with my hands up for about 90 min. for no obvious reason.
I didn't mention that in my blog because these actionsd became every day experiences in our daily life.

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