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[Israel] Not The Only Guilty Party

Posted by Lex Fear on August 10, 2006

“There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt.”

It’s time things were put in perspective about Hezbollah. I’ve hinted already that I’m not in favour of this organisation as just as I am not in favour of Israel’s bombing of civilians.

I was directed through Guido Fawkes‘ blog to an excellent post by Harold Evans on The Guardians Comment is Free.

I admire George Galloway, he’s a great speaker and amazing to watch in a debate, however not everything he says is easy to agree with. Galloway and others in the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) march on Saturday 5th August 2006, have been calling for the release of an unrepentant terrorist named Samir Kuntar.

Would it be a good idea to release him? Smadar Haran, an Israeli woman, shares her testimony of her encounter with Kuntar on April 22nd 1979:

“It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Naharyia, a city on the northern coast of Israel. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists from Lebanon landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away.

“Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us. Desperately we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbour climb into a crawl space above our bedroom. I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out of the front door when the terrorists came crashing in. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael.

“I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space, so I kept my hand over her mouth. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

“The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives I had smothered her” – Original source: Washington Post

Should any human being be locked up indefinitely without trial? No. Should any accused be presumed guilty and charged without evidence? No. However, this man is clearly proven to be a real and recognised terrorist. He is reported to not show any signs of remorse, so I would definitely say that it’s beneficial that he is locked up.

This does not mean I believe he should be given inhumane treatment. The difference between a state and a terrorist organisation is that the state believes in humanity, sanctity of life and respectful treatment of all people, friends and enemies, free and imprisoned.

Is Hezbollah an organisation of freedom fighters? or are they an organisation of terrorists, simply manipulating and taking advantage of victims of Israeli terrorism? There are no innocents in the Middle East conflict, apart from the ones that are killed daily by both sides.

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[Reader Response] The Israel-Lebanon Crisis

Posted by Lex Fear on August 4, 2006

Teaching children to burn flags, paint bombs, or kill indiscriminately without ethical and moral objectives is a spiritual abuse. It removes the meaning and purpose behind the conflict and replaces it with hate and suffering.

Last week I posted briefly on the Israeli-Lebanon crisis and my views. You can read it here.

I received a couple of comments from Kath, who is one of the friends I’ve never met, author of In Training. Kath is an American engaged to a British Royal Marine, so she knows what its like to be in a relationship in 2 different countries, as I am. We don’t share many of the same views on war or politics, but I read her blog and find it interesting what she has to say, occasionally finding some common ground! It’s always good to hear a viewpoint different from what you believe so I never take offence, and I’m pretty certain Kath doesn’t either. The comment that Kath made is as a follows:

“I wonder if you’d heard the actual background of those photographs with children. Might want to check out this site to get the story: http://www.sandmonkey.org/2006/07/18/the-fucked-up-pictures-explained

Also, I find it interesting that you are going after Israel for what you call “brainwashing” of children, (without knowing the story) but say nothing of Hezbollah or the Palestinians using them — which is well documented.” – Kath

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[Little People] Playground Games

Posted by Lex Fear on August 2, 2006

Very funny comment over at Right Hand of God.

“In ‘Cowboys & Indians,’ they always made Ahmed play an Indian squaw. In ‘Batman & Robin,’ he was always Alfred. And in ‘Global Islamic Jihad,’ they always made him play America, the Great Satan.” – RHOG – Ah, Youth!

Whilst Arab children play flag-wearing, Israeli children prefer painting.

Peace in the Middle East won’t come from negotiations, bombing, fighting or International condemnation. It begins and ends in the playground.

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[Child Soldiers] Following the Israel-Lebanon Crisis

Posted by Lex Fear on July 28, 2006

I’ll start by saying that I am not anti-Israel and I believe it has a right to exist as a nation, as every other nation does. It also has a right to defend itself. However, what Israel is doing is not defending itself, instead, it is conducting it’s own state sanctioned terrorism against a weak fledgling state.

If you want to read some intelligent and alternative commentary on the Israel-Lebanon crisis, then check out The Osterley Times. Kel manages to pull in and analyse a lot of news reporting on the situation.

“When this senseless fighting is over, when we finally know the cost of this war in terms of loss of infrastructure and loss of human life, we will be justified in asking what was it all for when the Israelis accept a deal that was always on the table before she unleashed carnage in the Middle East.” Kel – The Osterley Times

I found this post particularly disturbing. The creeping smile on the little girls face in the second image is haunting. Still, Israel is not the first nation to employ this tactic against the enemy. Terror groups in Afghanistan, The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Lords Resistance Army in Uganda have all used brainwashing on children to fuel their conflicts.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 NIV

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[Doublethink] Democracy Versus Terrorism

Posted by Lex Fear on April 2, 2006

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Conservative MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant, describes Israel as a “bulwark of democracy”. From a War on Terror debate on 4th July:

“Fundamentalist Islamists do not hate the west because of Israel; they hate Israel because the state of Israel is a bulwark of democracy, Judeo-Christian ethics of tolerance, western progress and freedom in the middle east.” – Michael Fabricant, MP.

Just so you know this is what a ‘bulwark of democracy, judeo-Christian ethics of tolerance, western progress and freedom’ looks like:

  • Amnesty slams Israel ‘war crimes’
  • Israel: Offensive stops when Hezbollah stops
  • Six civilians die is Israeli rocket attack
  • FACTBOX-Israel’s offensive to free captured soldier
  • UN Says Gaza facing health disaster
  • UN Blames Israel for humanitarian crisis, harm to children in Gaza
  • Gerald Kaufman, MP: Quotes from Israeli newspaper on Gaza Offensive
  • Gerald Kaufman, MP: On Israeli Democracy and pre-independence terrorism

And this is what terrorism looks like:

  • Hamas terrorism, violence bring chaos to Gaza strip
  • Hamas works to fire rockets deeper into Israel
  • Israeli army confirms soldier’s death by Palestinian militant’s gunfire
  • Gaza militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead
  • Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel

But if you still can’t spot the difference between democracy and terrorism using those articles, Dr Chris Scanlon puts it more bluntly in a letter written to the Independent, 8th July 2006:

A brief Guide to Foreign Policy
Sir: Just so everyone is clear: it is “bad” for North Korea to fire missiles into the open sea, even though it is “really-not-that-bad” for Israel to fire missiles into power stations, bridges, and apartment blocks.
Meanwhile: Iran, which had opposed Saddam (who was once “relatively good” but is now “very bad”), is still just “bad”. Saudi Arabia, a feudal totalitarian state with legalised sexual apartheid (“bad”?) is nonetheless “good”, but don’t ask any awkward questions.
The United Sates may now kidnap and torture innocent civilians (this was previously “bad”, but is now “okay, if outsourced”). Similarly, some of our allies may, from time to time, need to boil people alive (literally, in the case of President Karimov), and whilst not “good” it would be a crass liberal simplification to call this “bad”. DR CHRIS SCANLAN OXFORD

So I hope you can now tell the difference between democracy and terrorism.

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