Lebanon's Children and Israeli
By Randa Takieddin
07/27/06 "Al-Hayat" -- -- Did the American people see on CNN the
child whose face was burnt by Israeli phosphorous bombs in
Lebanon? Did they hear him screaming in pain at Sidon Hospital,
with his mother falling to pieces in agony beside him because of
the injury he sustained from the terrible bombs? How can the
American people accept their elected President George W. Bush's
rejection of a ceasefire?
The insanity of the Jewish State that is brutally attacking
families and children in South Lebanon and in Beirut's southern
suburb has almost become an everyday feature in the Palestinian
Can the disaster that has befallen Lebanon, in which fathers,
mothers and children have lost their homes and relatives, be a
solution for the US administration and the Jewish State?
Lebanon is grateful for the millions-of-dollars worth of
humanitarian aid from the US, but it will never forget that the
US administration gave Israel the green light to continue with
the shelling and destruction in this dirty war.
The US administration claims that it had asked Israel not to hit
Lebanon's infrastructure. But Israel has indiscriminately
destroyed everything: airports, bridges, seaports, roads and
houses. Israel's aim is to devastate and kill.
In Lebanon, as in the Palestinian territories, Israel's
soldiers, the grandsons of the victims of the Holocaust, have
demonstrated their inclination to use terrifying weapons, such
as phosphorus bombs. This is disgraceful for a people who had
suffered from torture and brutality.
Whatever the outcome of Israel's war on Lebanon, the Jewish
State has shown that it knows no solution except the use of
force. This solution leads to more violence, war and hatred.
Nobody in the world knows what the outcome of the balance of
power in the world will be. Nobody knows whether Israel has
weakened Hezbollah's military capabilities or defeated it.
Either way, the major victim is the Lebanese people, who are now
certain that they are paying for the war of others on their
soil. The US and its ally, Israel, are fighting Iran and Syria
on Lebanese soil, and are imposing a blockade on Lebanon, while
the world's superpower claims that it will ask Israel to lift
Israel caused the closure Rafik Hariri Airport in Beirut under
the pretext that Hezbollah uses it for bringing in arms. Many
Lebanese people therefore went to Damascus, the only outlet to
the outside world. Israel shelled all the Lebanese seaports.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah's rockets continuously fall on several
Israeli cities. The US administration claims it wants to help
Prime Minister Fouad Seniora's government. But how? By
maintaining the blockade on Lebanon, or by continuing with the
Hezbollah, on the other hand, is held responsible for what it
has dragged Lebanon into. Israel is a well-known enemy, and its
tactics in Palestine are obvious. Does Hezbollah have the right
to bring destruction, misery, displacement and disaster to
Lebanon and its people? Does it have the right to turn Lebanese
soil into a battlefield for others? Can this be called
resistance? However, the answers to these questions have been
put back until the end of the war.
The best solution is that Resolution 1559 be implemented of
Lebanon's free will and that the State regain its role and
spread its control over all its territory. Lebanon needs a
national army that will not drag it into a venture that may end
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