The next phase of the war in Lebanon
By Justin Podur at Aug 15, 2006
So, I assume everyone understands that the war isn't over? And since the war isn't over, let's not talk yet about anyone having 'won'.
The 'ceasefire resolution' was a joke. It was a resolution that was based on Hizbullah surrendering. The only problem is that Hizbullah has no reason to surrender, not having been defeated. But if the war not being over means Hizbullah hasn't won, that doesn't mean Israel has won. They hoped to divide Lebanon and failed, and I doubt a phony 'ceasefire' while they continue to occupy and slaughter people is going to bring them closer to their political goal. They hoped to destroy Hizbullah and failed. They hoped to demonstrate their might and failed. They want a 'ceasefire' based on a Hizbullah surrender, but Hizbullah was ready for a reasonable ceasefire from day one, and is as able to fight in spite of an unreasonable ceasefire now as it was on day one.
What it means is that Israel will be in Lebanon to continue its destruction and killing and to prevent the refugees it has created from going home safely. In the process, they'll claim Hizbullah is violating the ceasefire. I suppose people some believe them.
Those who do believe them are unlikely to listen to Eqbal Ahmed's talk from 1982, another talk that could almost have been given today. Eqbal never forgot the link between what the Palestinians were facing and what Israel was doing in Lebanon and elsewhere. He noted the differences between Israel's intentions towards the two groups: colonial towards the Lebanese, genocidal towards the Palestinians.
Eqbal Ahmed was courageous and did things that one had to respect.
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