Saturday, July 15, 2006


The situation in the middle east seems set to spiral out of control with reports coming in that the Israeli Air Force Will Likely Make a Pre-emptive Strike Against Syria. It appears that the slaughter and chaos raining down on Gaza and Lebanon is not enough.

To realise the death and destruction that is already being created by the Israeli air force, we need do no more than turn to Robert Fisk, whose article From my home, I saw what the 'war on terror' meant , certainly brings the reality back down to earth, regardless of the altitude that bombs in question were dropped from.

Israeli planes dropped a bomb on to the home of a Shia Muslim cleric. He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated. All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven.

I again find myself wondering about the differential in the value of human life . Of course every decent human being on planet earth understands the desire of Israel to protect its soldiers . Its need to have safe and secure borders and the right for its citizens to live in peace inside the 1967 internationally agreed boundaries. But the deaths of at least 63 Lebanese civilians seems to have less value to the worlds media than the fate of the missing soldiers. Violence breeds violence and Israel is already mourning the deaths of more of its soldiers than the operation was designed to save after an Hezbollah attack on an Israeli Navel vessel.

The escalation intensified when Israel Bombed the Beirut office of the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, He wasn't there and very quickly made that point clear by broadcasting and address where he called for 'open war' against Israel.

Of course as we have already seen, when politicians overreact it is always the innocent civilians that receive the pain . It has not just been the Lebanese that are suffering due to this unnecessary tragedy. At least two Israelis , a woman and her 5-year-old grandson were killed, and four others were injured, when a Katyusha rocket fired by Hezbollah slammed into a home in Moshav Meron on Friday evening. It seems that the middle east is spinning into a roller coaster of destruction that will lead to nothing but more misery and hell in the Holy Land.

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