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August 16, 2006

It is clear that the Israeli action against Hizbollah was not far short of a joint operation designed to ease Israel’s security concerns and serve as a prelude to a potential American preëmptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations.

It is also clear that Israel's pre-emptive war failed to use the political and military support offered by the United States to decisively defeat Hizbollah. Hizbolla's position in the Middle East has been strengthened, whilst Israel's scorch and burn tactics causes ever more fear and hatred.

Peter Brookes

What I find amazing is that the US State Department saw the Israeli bombing as a way to strengthen the Lebanese government so that it could assert its authority over the south of the country, much of which is controlled by Hezbollah. Huh? This was a war on the Arab modernity that was beginning to emerge in Lebanon.

Lebanese democracy is one of the big losers in the war, As George Schöpflin, writing in Democracy Now, points out Lebanon is a democratic country on the verge of political modernity. Lebanon is a nation of a sovereign people ruled by a consensual government and possessing both political and moral agency. He adds:

The attack on Lebanon, it should be noted, may have genuinely begun as a move to inhibit Hizbollah, but very rapidly evolved into an assault on Lebanon's Christian and Sunni areas, which seems to support the argument that Israel's real target was or became Lebanon's nascent democracy.Should Lebanon or any other Arab state be tacitly accepted as a legitimate, modern democracy by the world at large, then its claim on the world for moral, political and potentially military support becomes stronger, as well as placing Israel's patrons in Washington in an awkward dilemma - does the US go with its democracy-building rhetoric to support a nascent Arab democracy or does it continue with its policy of backing Israel right or wrong?

The neo-cons in the Bush administration take the latter option. There is little doubt that the neo-cons, both within and outside the government - are champing at the bit about attacking Iran - the last major confrontational state to US hegemony in the region.

One positive to coem out of the war is that Israel's renouncing of the Zionist conception of a greater Israel will be affirmed as a wise decision.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:12 AM | | Comments (0)