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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Consider the lies

Are you sure there are any captured Israeli soldiers, captured by Palestinians or Hezbollah guerillas?  Are you really sure?  You've only got the Israelis telling you this.  Any news of Hizbollah or Palestinian negotiations comes only from Israel, who provide all the news about what's going on with Israeli interests.  Israel is now telling everyone that the Hizbollah plan on moving their captured Israelis to Iran.

Why would the Hizbollah do that?  They've never done that before, why now?  Why would Iran take them, considering that Israel and the US are just looking for excuses to attack? 

This certainly would provide them with the excuse, but how true is it, when the only news that's available is from Israel, who wants to go to war with Lebanon, Syria, and Iran?  How can you believe that the news coming out of Israel is not propoganda created simply to further their agenda of destabilising the Middle East, and giving them reasonable grounds to invade whoever they choose?

If you believe what Israel tells you, and what the US says, then you're a fool.  If you consider that the whole thing could be a lie, that there aren't any captured Israeli soldiers, and that everything you read and hear could be a lie, then you're smarter than the average bear.

When political or military actions occur around the world, look closer to see who benefits, and when you find who benefits from it, then you find the instigator of it.

Hezbollah doesn't benefit from it.  Lebanon doesn't benefit from it.  Iran doesn't benefit from it.  Syria doesn't benefit from it.  Who benefits?  Israel does, and subsequently the US. 

When you seriously think about it, you'll learn that you can never trust the media again, and you'll never look at the world the same way again.  But your eyes will be open, and you'll see more of what's really going on in this world. 

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Blogger Chancelucky said...

though I'm not sure how Israel benefits from this either. They just seem to be blowing a bunch of people up.

7/18/2006 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Israel benefits by reducing the threat from countries around itself, while both it and the US benefit by creating a situation that brings a greater Western (US) presence in middle eastern nations. If Lebanon and Syria can't control their 'terrorist elements', then they'll have it controlled for them, by having US forces within their countries.

Israel lives in a state of fear and paranoia regarding all of its neighbours. As for the Palestinians, they just want them completely exterminated, to the last child. Their hatred has been obvious from the very beginning.

Israel has no intention on maintaining peace, or promoting peace, or seeking the welfare of those around it. Everything they've done has been to encourage violence against those it doesn't like.

7/18/2006 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Moghal said...

Hizbollah is getting exactly what it wants, at the moment - armed warfare in the Middle East, with Israel attacking an Arab nation.

Hizbollah has openly criticised the pacifist attitude of the governments in the region towards Israel, and has been calling for armed conflict - now they have it.

Israel, of course, is exactly as paranoid and insecure as you say, and exactly who instigated this particular round of hostilities is difficult to be sure of, but neither Israel nor Hizbollah is entirely disappointed, I'd wager, at this turn of events.

7/18/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Greg Long said...

You never want to exterminate your enemy. If you do there is no external threat and it is then difficult to control your people.

Lebanon is being revisited and the end result will be much the same as the last encounter.

So who benefits from financing reconstruction and re-armament?

7/18/2006 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Greg Long said...

Raw and Uncut- worth a read and then a look at the video-


7/18/2006 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Im sorry Alan, normally I am happy to sit on the side lines and read what you write, but this is a departure for you into a fantasy world of xenophobia and prejudice. I understand and sympathise with your hostility towards the US, but to group Israel and the US together is a mistake. Of course they have deep ties, with huge funding going from the latter to the former and some ideological similarities, but they are not one and the same.

Now your comment was more balanced, but your original message suggests that Israel is a concerted mechanism that wants to dominate and tyrannize the local region, and to use clandestine methods to achieve this. Certainly some aspects want this, but Israel is a fully functioning state, with a fiercely independent judiciary and many political parties who are given voice and rights. Its politicians, now not ex-military, cannot simply concoct tales of abducted soldiers to begin a war. And this idea of them having things to gain: again, the only people who think that there are gains in war are zealots, and there are enough opposition parties and free press in Israel to give an alternate voice that we would hear. Iran and Hezbollah have nothing to gain? Hezbollah are a religious and political organisation, again with enough pent-up hatred to begin a conflict as, I believe, they have. The main difference is that they are not accountable to anyone but their own hierarchy. And the Iranian government’s stated goal is the destruction of Israel.

Israel, the people in Palestine, and the neighbouring countries have all been forced to live together, and they have history against them. They all have groups within their borders that want to exterminate their enemies, and they all have groups that just want to get on with their lives. The situation is a reciprocal circle of violence and tension, now suddenly unleashed in an increasingly bloody war. Despite the overwhelming superiority of Israeli firepower, and their unforgivable strikes against civilian targets, it is the duty of outside commentators to learn the complex political and ideological problems on the ground and not add to the misunderstandings that fuel the violence with blasé comments like yours.

7/19/2006 02:47:00 AM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Thanks for commenting Alex. It's not xenophobia or prejudice, however, as they imply my comments and attitudes are based on race, when that's not the case at all. I'm against the attitude and actions of both the US and the Israelis. If it was the Ethiopians engaging in provocative acts of violence against its neighbours in order to invite conflict, then I would be complaining about them too. Complaining about the actions of a race of people does not make me xenophobic or prejudiced against the race, just against their actions.

Now that I've clarified that, it reminds me of something else... it's an interesting fact that if I was to complain about the actions of the Bush administration, that makes me a Bush hater. But if I complain about the actions of the Israeli government, that makes me an anti-semite according to the Israelis and the western media. Complaining about what the Israelis do seems to be something that is not allowed in western society....


You seem to think that Israel doesn't want to dominate and tyrranise the region, when it's been obvious over the years that it's exactly what they want. They've been engaging in regular acts of provocation against Lebanon and Syria, flying jets into their airspace and sending ground troops across their borders, just hoping that the acts of provocation will result in violence that they can take advantage of.

And then there's their attitude and actions against the Palestinians, which has been one of tyrannical oppression, bordering on outright desires for genocide. The only reason the Israelis haven't completely exterminated all the Palestinians is because they still need to be considered as the 'good guys' by the international community.

7/19/2006 08:58:00 PM  

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