Wednesday, August 16, 2006

S.S.* Recommends

Desert of trapped corpses testifies to Israel's failure
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By Robert Fisk



They made a desert and called it peace. Srifa - or what was once the village of Srifa - is a place of pancaked homes, blasted walls, rubble, starving cats and trapped corpses. But it is also a place of victory for the Hizbollah, whose fighters walked amid the destruction yesterday with the air of conquering heroes. So who is to blame for this desert? The Shia militia which provoked this war - or the Israeli air force and army which has laid waste to southern Lebanon and killed so many of its people?
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There was no doubt what the village mukhtar thought. As three Hizbollah men - one wounded in the arm, the other carrying two ammunition clips and a two-way radio - passed us amid the piles of broken concrete, Hussein Kamel el-Din yelled to them: "Hallo, heroes!" Then he turned to me. "You know why they are angry? Because God didn't give them the opportunity of dying."
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You have to be down here with the Hizbollah amid this terrifying destruction - way south of the Litani river, in the territory from which Israel once vowed to expel them - to realise the nature of the past month of war and of its enormous political significance to the Middle East. Israel's mighty army has already retreated from the neighbouring village of Ghandoutiya after losing 40 men in just over 36 hours of fighting. It has not even managed to penetrate the smashed town of Khiam where the Hizbollah were celebrating yesterday afternoon. In Srifa, I stood with Hizbollah men looking at the empty roads to the south and could see all the way to Israel and the settlement of Mizgav Am on the other side of the frontier. This is not the way the war was supposed to have ended for Israel.
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Far from humiliating Iran and Syria - which was the Israeli-American plan - these two supposedly pariah states have been left untouched and the Hizbollah's reputation lionised across the Arab world. The "opportunity" which President George Bush and his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, apparently saw in the Lebanon war has turned out to be an opportunity for America's enemies to show the weakness of Israel's army. Indeed, last night, scarcely any Israeli armour was to be seen inside Lebanon - just one solitary tank could be glimpsed outside Bint Jbeil and the Israelis had retreated even from the "safe" Christian town of Marjayoun. It is now clear that the 30,000-strong Israeli army reported to be racing north to the Litani river never existed. In fact, it is unlikely that there were yesterday more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers left in all of southern Lebanon, although they did become involved in two fire-fights during the morning, hours after the UN-ceasefire went into effect.
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Down the coast road from Beirut, meanwhile, came a massive exodus of tens of thousands of Shia families, bedding piled on the roofs of their cars , many of them sporting Hizbollah flags and pictures of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's chairman, on their windscreens. At the massive traffic jams around the broken motorway bridges and craters which litter the landscape, the Hizbollah was even handing out yellow and green "victory" flags, along with official notices urging parents not to allow children to play with the thousands of unexploded bombs that now lie across the landscape. At least one Lebanese child was killed by unexploded ordnance and another 15 were wounded yesterday.
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But to what are these people returning? Haj Ali Dakroub, a 42-year old construction manager, lost part of his home in Israel's 1996 bombardment of Srifa. Now his entire house has been flattened. "What is here that Israel should destroy all this?" he asked. "We don't deny that the resistance was in Srifa. It was here before and it will be here in the future. But in this house lived only my family. So why would Israel bomb it?"
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Well, I did happen to notice what appeared to be the casing of a missile hanging from the balcony of a much-damaged house facing the rubble of Ali Dakroub's home. And a group of Hizbollah militiamen, one of them with a pistol tucked into his trousers, walked past us nonchalantly and disappeared into an orchard. Was this, perhaps, where they kept some of their rockets?
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Mr Dakroub wasn't saying. "I am going to rebuild my home with my two sons," he insisted. "Israel may come back in 10 years and destroy it all over again and then I'll just rebuild it all over again. This was a Hizbollah victory. The Israelis were able to defeat all the Arab countries in six days in 1967 but here they could not defeat the resistance in a month. These resistance men would come out of the ground and shoot back. They are still here."
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"Come out of the ground" is an expression I have heard several times these past four weeks and I am beginning to suspect that many of the thousands of guerrillas did indeed shelter in caves and basements and tunnels, only to emerge to fire their missiles or to use their infra-red rockets on the Israeli army once it made the mistake of sending troops into Lebanon on the ground. And does anyone believe that the Hizbollah will submit to their own disarmament by a new international force of UN and Lebanese troops once - if - it arrives? There was a symbolic moment yesterday when Lebanese soldiers already based in southern Lebanon joined Hizbollah men in Srifa to clear the rubble of a house in which the bodies of an entire family were believed buried. Lebanese Red Cross and civil defence personnel - representatives of the civil power which is supposed to claw back its sovereignty from the Hizbollah - joined in the search. The mukhtar, who so blatantly regarded the Hizbollah as heroes, is also a government representative. And at the entrance to this shattered village still stands a poster of Nasrallah and the Iranian President Ali Khamenei.
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Far from driving the Hizbollah north across the Litani river, Israel has entrenched them in their Lebanese villages as never before.
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August 15th - The Independent

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Also worth reading (click on the picture to read full text):
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SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY CARTER
"The US and Israel Stand Alone"
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Former US president Jimmy Carter: "I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon."
AP
Former US president Jimmy Carter:
"I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon."
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*S.S. = Sahat Al Safat

19 comments:

Jandeef said...

November elections will be fun to follow. The terrorism card I think has expired, even though republicans are trying to keep it alive with the UK plot. Dems are putting a nice spin on it that the plot was foiled by intelligence cooperation between multiple countries, not by war.

Dems have a better shot at the house. Not so sure about the senate. Can't wait to witness it all.

فيزوقراطي said...

SS -> Hitler's special forces :P

I liked the article. It does represent the reality that many people setting far far away and do not understand it.

AyyA said...

Jimmy Carter has always been a visionary, Sadaat as well; I really admire both of them. If only people can be more understanding and humanitarian instead of being emotional, the world would have been a much better place to live in.

San Podesta said...

I hope that there is someone care about what he said......

الكويتي الحر said...

في الوقت الضايع كالمعتاد

ohyah said...

Damn it! long english post

mo3arith said...

No One Knows The Americans Better Than Robert Fisk :-)
He Resigned From The Herald-Tribune ( Famous News Paper In The States )Once His Article- Israeli Issue -Abandoned From being Published .
Never Been Tendentious - in His Analysis Toward Language ,Race or Even Religion .
Osama Bin Laden's Favorite Journalist , He Said Once " The Way That He Indicates Every Event , Shows Every Party Viewpoint ,With-an Endless Neutralism .
The Past King Hussain Replied On A Q "We Relay On People Such as R.Fisk And...(Others) . to Translate The Circumstances In The Middle-East to Westerns Community .
My Self ... I Had The Honer To Meet Him Once couple a Years Ago ... All I can Say ... "Astonishing"

People Seek For Peace Always " Hope So !!" ... We Do ... Even Our Enemies ... But Still Our Only "Blue Marble" is Threatened By a Psycho ... Called "G.W.Bush" Who His "God" Orders Him to Star Wars All-Over The World !!
"Jandeef"
There always Will Be the religious "Element" Once an Election is Held in the States ...
So Let's Not Be That Much Optimistic About Changing Their Strategies Toward Us .
finally ... " New-(Ethnic-Nationalistic-Confessionalist ) Middle-East " Hah
وسلملي على الديوقراطية !!
!! What's New Condy ??

Bloo said...

Robert Fisk articles are so popular among arabs, unfortunately.. that is one of the reasons that downszed it's popularity internationally.

nEo said...

نعاني من عقدتين


الأولى عقدة المؤامرة

الثانية عقدة الفهامية و الدراية بالاشياء قبل و أثناء و بعد ان تقع !!

mo3arith said...

"nEo"

الحين ما يحتاج مؤامرة ... السالفة صارت علني :-)
يقولون راح نغير النظام الفلاني ... وراح نحتل الدولة الفلانية ... وراح نقسم المكان الفلاني وهلم جرا ...
ليش يتآمرون ... وعلى منو ؟؟
الناس تتآمر على القوي !! مو على عوير وزوير والمنكسر واللي ما فيه خير :-)

muna said...

سؤالي خارج نطاق تغطية الموضع اللي مطروح :)
لكن جد أبي مساعدة منكم إذا أمكن ، سؤالي :
شلون أحصر عدد المدونات الكويتية ؟ أننا بصدد إعداد تقرير تنموي عن دور الشباب الكويتي ودي أضمن التقرير تجربة نبيها خمس و دور المدونات كأداة في الاصلاح السياسي ؟

Hanan said...

I like the S.S. Soon you'll have a whole society and you will call it SSS :)

ma 3endy salfa and a bit bored with politics.

AyyA said...

muna
check this

Kwaitiyya said...

new post plzz
tekalemaw 3an azmat il kahraba wel may!! badda3aw ! o ma3endehum 3ether moqne3 :/

muna said...

شكرا ayya
ممتنه لك كثيرا

wakee7 said...

new post plz.

ORACLE said...

Wake up .
New post please .

wakee7 said...

Hello ..

anybody home ?

Spontaneousnessity said...

I love fisk