Friday, July 21, 2006

The Child Lies Like A Rag Doll...

The Child Lies Like A Rag Doll -A Symbol Of The Latest Lebanon War!

By Robert Fisk in Beirut
20 July, 2006The Independent

"How soon must we use the words
"war crime"?
How many children must be scattered
in the rubble
of Israeli air attacks
before we reject the obscene phrase
"collateral damage"
and start talking about
prosecution for crimes against humanity? "

© 2006 Independent News and Media Limited

This article can be found at countercurrents.org

Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, is the author of Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (London: André Deutsch, 1990). He holds numerous awards for journalism, including two Amnesty International UK Press Awards and seven British International Journalist of the Year awards. His most recent book is The Great War for Civilisation: the Conquest of the Middle East, published by 4th Estate on 3 October, 2005.

For a collection of Robert Fisk's Article: Justice for All

18 Comments:

Blogger TeamPlayer said...

I am a person that is usually adamantly anti-war and anti-violence. I feel horrible for the people of Lebanon, who have had to endure so much, and the overwhelming majority of whom have nothing to do with the conflict.

However, if you're in Israel's shoes, if Hezbollah for years shells your towns and vows the destruction of your state and your people, invaders your territory and kills and kidnaps your soliders without any provocation, what would your response be?

6:31 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Blogmad hit...I feel dumb even saying that at such a depressing post.

War is a very sad thing. Perhaps someday we'll all outgrow it, like most high school boys.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Leon said...

Damn, that's just plain sad. War is never won, only survived.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Shaman Dandulla said...

Team, thank you for both this comment and the Israeli-Arab conflict timeline you sent in the other post.

here is something interesting for you:

As'ad AbuKhalil: This particular conflict, and Israel's act of aggression on Lebanon, did not take place in a vacuum, and Israel did not act in some spontaneous fashion.

Hezbollah did not surprise Israel with the capture of the two Israeli occupation soldiers. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has repeatedly warned that if Israel does not release its Lebanese prisoners, he will be compelled to take Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips.

And Israel has not been sitting idly by since its partial withdrawal from South Lebanon in 2000. It has not only continued to occupy parts of South Lebanon, but also has been violating Lebanese sovereignty, by air, sea, and land.

Israel has also been kidnapping innocent Lebanese citizens: fishermen and shepherds. And one fisherman from Tyre - my hometown - is still missing, and at least one shepherd was killed last year.

Furthermore, Israel has adamantly refused to give to Lebanon a map of the more than 400,000 land mines that it left behind in South Lebanon, and which continue to kill Lebanese children in the region.

The recent crisis, as the article in the Washington Post by Robin Wright pointed out yesterday, is an international/regional conspiracy to implement United Nations Security Council resolution 1559.

The groundwork for this aggression began with the work of Rafiq al-Hariri [the slain former Lebanese prime minister] in 2004, when he worked with the US and France to pass that resolution in the Security Council.

The plan has the full support of Israel and client Arab regimes of the US: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt. But it will not work, and Hezbollah will not lay down its arms.

If the Lebanese government, led by the Hariri camp, thinks that it can now convince Hezbollah to lay down its arms and to trust the Lebanese Army - which has been sitting idly over the last week - to take care of Lebanon's defence, it is wildly mistaken.

href="http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D259C343-ED88-4C43-B839-BCEFBED61924.htm"'Lebanon crisis an international conspiracy'

8:26 AM  
Blogger Talamasca said...

Now that's some freaky photo. Gives me the chills.

Anyway, thanks for the blog crash. Come back anytime!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Talamasca said...

And just so you know, man in his most basic form is just a savage. Man is just another beast, but the worst beast of all. Period.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Shaman Dandulla said...

sadly enough, i agree with you talamsca...

11:39 AM  
Blogger prying1 said...

Was the child pictured killed by a terrorist or an Israeli air attack? Perhaps the picture is just staged and the child is alive and unhurt. Notice the water bottle. Where is the blood and severed limbs?

An emotional appeal for peace should be made to the Hezbollah and then tell me they can be trusted to keep their word. These people who strap bombs on their children and send them into the market place can be trusted?

Should we be angry at Israel who warns people to get out of areas they are about to bomb or at Hezbollah that herds people into those same areas so they can cry about civilian casualties.

If Hezbollah were so concerned over civilian casualties why send rockets willy nilly across the border?

ALL the terrorist organizations are related and need to be destroyed. - Name a country they would not set off a bomb in a market place.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does "Prying1" know nothing about international affairs?

Clearly.

ALL the terrorist organizations are related and need to be destroyed.

The most blatant terrorists, the USA and Israel, are indeed related. But I am not sure I would go as far as Prying1 and call for their destruction.

Prying1's support for the party that is causing the most death and destruction in this Lebanon war is so typical of the morally challenged supporters of the Bush administration.

10:13 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

I'm in no way advocating Hezbollah's tactics - I think I montioned my thoughts on tit-for-tat acts of revenge before - but the Israelis kidnapped were soldiers, which one might say puts them in a different category with regard to the conflict. Almost every Lebanese who has been killed, or who has lost family members, or whose economic livelihood has been destroyed, has been a civilian.

Israel is doing this at the best possible time. Have you noticed the striking similarities between the language used by Israel to justify its actions in Lebanon and that of the Bush administration before going into Iraq?

8:53 AM  
Blogger Shaman Dandulla said...

both excellent points Melinda.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I think it's insane to defend either Lebanon OR Israel's position. War is almost always avoidable, and I wish both parties had taken measures to make sure that it was.

If there is indeed, other life out in the universe, it's no wonder why we haven't made contact yet. If I observed our behavior, I'd steer clear too. When are we going to grow up?

1:45 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

no, i agree with you, ben. and you, leon. ain't nothing good about it.

3:24 PM  
Blogger RC said...

this is a very sad image of collaterol damage...i do not like that term at all...it's a sad, almost sick concept...especially when it has a face.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

7:31 AM  
Blogger Ancient Clown said...

I guess people like teamplayer, prying1, etc. are telling me that because the POLICE/government have been kinapping, killing, torturing 'the poor' as they have been for SO LONG then they also have the RIGHT to defend themselves in similar manners. That because I've survived the death threats and attempts on my life by POLICE that I'm allowed to ??? What...exactley, I mean if "YOU" were in my shoes would your response be?
I invite these people and those that share their thoughts to WALK in my shoes for a bit and travel through 'Ancient's History'.
Don't forget to leave me a message telling me what MY RESPONSE should be?
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous- in what way are all terrorist groups related? How is the IRA related to Al Quaida?

10:04 PM  
Blogger asorto1 said...

It is really sad that so many innocent people have been killed in the latest Israeli/Muslim-Arab conflict which is taking place in Lebanon. No matter which side one takes, it is just terrible, specially for loss of Lebanese lives. However, Hezbollah brought this upon the Lebanese people. We can argue back and forth on who provoked who, and so forth. But it is a fact that Hezbollah hides behind civilians, and places their weapons among civilians on purpose. It is self-evident that Hezbollah's radical muslim agenda is more important to them than the lives of innocent non-radical Lebanese. And lets not forget that Hezbollah fires rockets into the general Israeli population hoping to kill as many people as possible, that is a crime against humanity.

Perhaps Israel should fight a more "fair fight" by hiding vehind civlians, having Israelis blow themselves-up in areas that are heavily populated by Arabs (e.g. markets, buses, etc). Do you see my point?

Israel could have easily carpet-bombed the South of Lebanons without giving the folks in that area any warning what's so ever, and yet they didn't.

I think any war is terrible, specially when innocent people die. However, Hezbolla, and their cowardly acts of hiding behind civilians, is to blame for everything that has happened in this latest incident of war.

5:33 PM  
Blogger asorto1 said...

War is wrong, specially when innocent civilians are killed. However, Hezbollah has adopted the cowardly tactic of hiding behind civilians. No one seems to blame Hezbollah for bringing to the Lebanese people the wrath of Israel.

Hezbollah has not only taken Lebanon hostage, but they seem to think it's acceptable to fire hundreds of missiles into hundres of thousands of innocent civilians (i.e. cities) whose only "crime" is being Jewish.

It is a cop-out to say that Israel provoked this by "kidnapping fishermen". Perhaps the fishermen was a fishermen, but he/she was also involved with Hezbollah. I think we can all agree that the IDF or the Mozzad have better things to do then to kindapp innocient fishermen.

The problems in Lebanon are beyond the palestinian situation, although that can't help (and that's why I'm for a Palestinian State).

The big elephant in the living room is Hezbollah's Islamic agenda. Until the middle east (e.g. Iran & Hezbollah) becomes more accepting of other faiths, we wont have peace.

Only barbaric animals hide behind civilians, so the blood of all those children is on Hezbollah. If Hezbollah actually cared about the Lebanese, then they would stop hiding behind women, children, etc. However, they care more about serving the interests of Iran. Today they're against the Jews, tomorrow they will be against us "infidels".

1:34 AM  

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