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August 11, 2006

The central narrative of the Bush administration and the Howard Goverenment is that terrorism springs from intrinsic evil, and that it is so powerful a threat to western nation states that Americans and Australians must now give up our traditions of free speech and dissent to defend the homeland. Those who dissent from, or question, this narrative are seen as unAmerican or unAustralian. The Howard Government echoes the Bush line.


If Hezbollah is defined as a terrorist organization it is intrinsically evil, therefore it needs to be crushed. Israel's position will not be secure until Hebollah is eliminated. Therefore there is no point in arguing for an immediate ceasefire, or to condemn Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilans and civilian infrastructure. The Howard Government backs the destruction of Lebanon so that the Lebanese Government will put pressure on Hizbollah.

How does that play amongst Lebanese Australians? Badly, I would have thought. And Labor's response? There can be no peace in the Middle East until Israel's right to exist and right to security is respected. So says Robert McCelland, the ALP's defence spokesperson. Nothing is said about Palestinian rights or Lebanese sovereignty.

So the ALP buys into the Bush administration's central narrative even though Kim Beazley argues that Australia should be an ally of of the US rather than being the ally that any particular American adminstration might want. Hell, the ALP could at least call for the US to act as an honest broker in the Middle East rather that just provide cover for Israel .

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:50 AM | | Comments (3)


The US,England and Australia should stay out of the conflict between Israel & Hezbollah.Why does
the government continually butt in,we keep getting involved in religious wars instead of taking care of our own back yard.The UN should do the job they were appointed to do and stop listening to governments with alterior motives.

I feel The UN couldn't do the job they were appointed to do, because they haven't stopped listening to The USA government with alterior motives.

It looks as if the UN is going to do the job--a very difficult one --with the UN Security Council's adoption of resolution 1701.

It is tragic that the resolution had not come early enough to prevent the loss of so many innocent Lebanese and Israeli lives, and the virtual destruction of Lebanon, with more than a million of its population becoming displaced and destitute.