“The dead are rotting in the rubble of
By Mike Whitney
Clearing House" -- -- Purity of Arms: “The IDF (Israeli Defense
Force) serviceman and woman will use their weapons and force only
for the purpose of their mission, only to the necessary extent and
will maintain their humanity even during combat. IDF soldiers will
not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not
combatants or prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to
avoid causing harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property.”
Lebanon 7-20-06: 300 dead, 20,000 wounded, 500,000 displaced by
Israeli aggression; vast swathes of the infrastructure in complete
ruins; including airports, the highway grid, electrical power
stations, sea-ports, factories, housing units and apartments, and
all major bridges and highways. The Los Angeles Times reports,
“Civil structure appears to have broken down almost completely.
Ambulances have not been able to operate. The dead are rotting in
the rubble of smashed homes. Food and clean drinking water are
The destruction of Lebanon is a completely man-made catastrophe
orchestrated in Tel Aviv and rubber-stamped in Washington. The death
and suffering are now on a scale that rivals the Asian tsunami.
Why would Israel bomb Lebanon’s pharmaceutical factories, grain
silos and water processing plants?
Why would they attack the mosques, hospitals and a Greek Orthodox
Why would they flatten Lebanon’s largest milk factory?
Is Hezbollah in the dairy business?
There is no pattern or logic to the Israeli assault on Lebanon. It
is simply a vicious attempt to destroy the working parts of
Lebanon’s prosperity and bury the entire society under a pile of
rubble. It’s a tragic example of pure, unalloyed revenge; another
“black flag” operation successfully executed by the IOF. (Israeli
Lebanon posed no threat to Israel’s security. The comical Katyusha
rockets may have killed a handful of Israelis (which is regrettable)
but their military value is nil. Once they are fired, no one knows
where they will land. Yesterday an errant Katyusha killed 2
Palestinians in Nazareth. Was that part of Nasrallah’s plan?
There’s no comparison between Hezbollah’s glorified fireworks and
the high-tech, laser-guided, state-of-the-art weaponry wielded by
the Israeli war machine. Lebanon is a case-study of the lethal
efficiency of modern WMD and their astonishing ability to reduce a
bustling metropolis into Dresden-like wreckage in a matter of days.
It is truly an incalculable disaster.
Israel has succeeded in quashing an emergent, moderate nation with
strong western leanings. The Lebanese are secular, urbane and
educated. Israel’s rampage will only strengthen the fanatics and
create a Petri-dish for extremism and retribution.
After 6 years, Lebanon had finally dug-out from Israel’s 18 year
occupation which left the country in tatters and killed an estimated
30,000 civilians. Israel never contributed a dime to the
reconstruction although its culpability has never been in dispute.
Now that Washington has given Olmert the “green light” to finish his
onslaught, we can expect that the last few remnants of modernity
will be smashed into pulp leaving behind the familiar moonscape of
No one should harbor any illusions of what it means to be Israel’s
neighbor and the obvious risks it involves. That said, it would be
foolhardy for Lebanese people to simply “start over” once Israel
leaves. (If they do leave) What guarantees do the Lebanese people
have that, 6 years from now, Israel won’t decide that its time for
another tear through the Lebanese countryside; demolishing their
towns and cities and leaving them to deal with another humanitarian
Lebanon should forestall any reconstruction until its leaders
provide a coherent plan for national security. Not one brick should
be set atop another, not one pane of glass should be replaced, until
the Lebanese people can be certain that their government has
acquired the “deterrents” necessary to fend off future Israeli
Providing security is the basic function of government. By now, the
Lebanese people should recognize that they must do whatever is
required to secure the weaponry they need to defend themselves from
(inevitable) Israeli invasions. That is simply the price of
occupying the land-mass adjacent to the world’s second biggest
This won’t be a popular idea. The United States and Israel are now
spearheading a campaign to strip countries of WMD and leave them
defenseless. The 2 blood-brothers are like the mugger in the park
who forces his victim to “Drop your weapons” before he steals his
money and beats him senseless.
Lebanon needs a credible deterrent to Israeli aggression. It cannot
simply reemerge Phoenix-like every decade or so following another
rampage by the Mongol hordes from the south.
No one can live like that. Nations need security just like
individuals. Lebanon needs to find the means to arm itself by “fair
means or foul”.
Besides, the obsession with WMD has been a sham from the very onset.
Of course the US and Israel would like to remove the threat of
retaliation; that way they can continue their forays throughout the
developing world without fear of resistance. What Bush wants is a
monopoly on violence so that he can keep his marauding armies
working overtime on behalf of the global-corporate cabal. That is
the real function of the military; to pave the way for debilitating
loans and reconstruction by the multinational carpetbaggers.
But what about the Lebanese people; are they so intoxicated with
their own prosperity that they don’t grasp Israel’s clearly stated
regional aspirations; don’t they see that the Israeli leadership is
chock-full of militarists and zealots; don’t they notice how Israel
has been armed-to-the-teeth with every homicidal device know to man
by its war-mongering U.S. patron; don’t they know that Lebanon is
expected to be a powerless, vassal-statlet in the broader “Israeli
How many times must Lebanon be bombed into oblivion before their
leaders secure the means to ensure their safety?
The fanatics and militarists in Tel Aviv will not be deterred by
fine words and lofty sentiments; they need to see a credible
Perhaps, Lebanon should duplicate Israel’s apartheid wall and build
a 32 ft high looming monolith along its southern border. Then they
could establish a 5 mile-wide “demilitarized zone” along the Litani
River followed by watch-towers and heavy-artillery. 10% of GDP could
be allocated for military spending and R&D.
Or they can wait for Kofi Annan and the post-colonial Euro-morons in
the so-called “international community” to pull their heads out of
the sand and take positive action to isolate the US and Israel.
What a foolish waste of time that would be.
There are no good options, but one thing is certain. The invasion of
Lebanon proves that the crackpot strategy to Balkenize the Arab
world and redraw the map of the Middle East is moving forward
according to plan. All eyes should be focused on Damascus and the
growing likelihood of a regional war. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert
has taken a chapter from Rumsfeld’s book and decided to “expand the
conflict”, which means, there’s no telling where it will end. The
entire area from the Red Sea to the Caspian Basin has been doused in
gasoline and is ready to go up in flames.
Lebanon has become a lab-experiment to prove that Israel can extend
its model of occupation from Gaza to Beirut. Hezbollah’s defensive
maneuvers will only incite greater violence and devastation. Israel
is now prepared to reduce the entire country into finely-ground sand
to assert its dominance and quash the resistance.
When they finish their work, they’ll deliver Lebanon on a silver
platter to the loan-sharks at the IMF and Wolfowitz’s World Bank.
The global banking cartel can then apply the shackle of indentured
servitude to the once-bustling nation; ensuring that their future
remains in the vice-like grip of the American-Israeli banking
The sacking of Lebanon should rouse the world from its terminal
state of apathy. The nut-jobs are on the loose and they don’t care
who gets killed in the process. The United Nations, the U.S.
Congress, and the Arab League have proved utterly worthless in
slowing the prospect of an all-out, regional conflagration. The
Bush-Olmert juggernaut will continue to lurch uncontrollably through
the Middle East until it is stopped in its tracks.
What alternative is there but resistance?