Monday, July 17, 2006

Sitting On The Fence?

The UAE blogosphere looks like it's ignoring the ongoing madness in Israel / Palestine / Lebanon. Several of the bloggists have stated their reasons for their silence, generally a professed ignorance of the political ins and outs of the situation. I will add my voice to the silence. I have no wish to get drawn into arguments that I cannot even begin to comprehend.

But I will say this. While I'm not a fan of Hamas and Hezbollah, I do think Israel's current actions are insanely disproportionate (and I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with anything Jacques Chirac ever said, but there you go). How does blowing up Lebanon's infrastructure and dozens of innocent civilians solve anything? And how long before Iraq and Syria get involved? And for God's sake when is America going to stop congratulating Israel for every little brain-fart and give it a good slap upside the ear?

I had thought that Olmert might be a bit more sensible than Sharon, but it's now clear that he's a mad bugger too. What a mess. Oh, and it's all Britain's fault because of something our idiot colonial Government and that cretin Balfour did 60 years ago.


Blogger nzm said...

I can't think of anything that I could write that would voice my extreme sadness and sense of futility over what is happening.

The diverse blogging community over at toot are definitely more in the know than me.

So I read, and it just becomes even more desperate and senseless.

Apart from the political and historical aspects which are being voiced and discussed (with differing viewpoints depending on which side of the border they sit), the biggest question from most bloggers seems to be why aren't the other Arab countries adding their voice to what is happening?

6:56 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

The whole thing is so sinister. The most multi-religion, tolerant, multicultural, westernised nation in the whole Middle East region, and they're bombing the shit out of it.

You don't need a tinfoil hat to sense the vibes around this one.

7:50 pm  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

I guess some are like me who feel its pointless to even raise the issue when decisions are made and actions have been taken.
This will continue no matter what anybody thinks anywhere...the democracy Bush claims is plain B.S. Just remember what happened in Iraq.
This has been pre contemplated and will only stop once their goal is acheived...
So really we are in a leanrt helplessness situation right now.

8:47 pm  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

What's happening is just insane...I can't even believe half the stuff I am seeing on TV....The extent of damage Israel has incurred is simply surreal....and so sad...

11:52 pm  
Blogger ExpatJane said...

It's just massively sad and unnecessary on both sides.

2:23 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

You are right, there does seem to be a rather stunned slience over this evilness. I keep thinking I should write something but get so overwhelmed by sadness and anger that I give up.

The hypocrasy of the Americans is just so staggering and the thorough wickedness of the Israelis beggars belief.

2:38 pm  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Here's my two points of thought:

1) Israel initially attacked in order to get its two kidnapped soliders back. They had good intelligence that Hezbollah were going to try to smuggle the two men out of Lebanon, possibly into Iran or elsewhere. Israel first destroyed two bridges over the river in an attempt to prevent anyone getting out of southern Lebanon, and then imposed a naval blockade and knocked out the airport to prevent them leaving Lebanon at all. This course of action, if Israel wanted to get its soldiers back, was initally sensible.

2) Israel has lost 6 soldiers defending its borders from an attack from Lebanon. Israel, rightly IMO, sees this as an act of war by the sovereign state of Lebanon. The Lebanese government includes two members of Hezbollah (correct me if I'm wrong on this) and have been told to disband or contain the private militia of Hezbollah and prevent them from attacking Israel. Indeed, the Lebanese government has a duty to do so. The Lebanese government did nothing about this, so Israel believes them to be responsible for the attack.

There is every possibility that the Lebanese government is unable to disarm or control Hizbollah, in which case it should say so publically and ask for assistance. If it does not ask for assistance and cannot control its own territory, then it has little grounds for complaint if Israel violates its sovreignty and does the job for them.

Whether Israel's actions are proportionate or not depend on what its overall objectives are, and those are as yet unknown. But one thing is for sure, Israel was never going to sit idle whilst Hizbollah launch attacks on Israeli soil and capture its soldiers whilst Lebanon does nothing to stop them.

4:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a recent dubai exile in the uk... I ma glad at least that there is a forum for this to be discussed in the mid east good work for that at least.
I pity all the poor buggers being bombed tonight where ever they are.

12:09 am  

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