Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Monday, July 17, 2006

Tony parts company with Bush

Poodle wises up! It took him long enough. Blair calls for international force to end fighting.


Blogger Leftist_Boddhisatva said...

I read it differently, as an empty gesture.

Tony knows that Britain has no sway on Israel or Middle East affairs, yet has always been seeking to enhance the UK brand with the third world (thus the various pronouncements over the years to help African and SE Asian development, with little real commitment). This is a cheap way to make the UK look good... as Tony knows there will never be an international force, as Israel loathes the idea of having UN peacekeepers (remember that they once bombed a UN camp in S. Lebanon, years ago).

9:44 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Absolutely correct analysis, I'd say. But he gets half a dog treat for countering Nicholas Burns' silly assertion.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Nudnik said...

There already is an international force in South Lebanon. Its called UNIFIL. It does absolutely nothing, and in fact seems to have participated in the kidnapping of 3 Israeli soldiers a few years back.

The international force will allow Hizbullah to attack Israel and then stop Israel from responding to the attacks.

The only way the war will stop is when Hizbullah is destroyed.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Leftist_Boddhisatva said...

Nudnik said:

The only way the war will stop is when Hizbullah is destroyed.

Something similar was said about Saddam Hussein and about the PLO.

The violence in Israel and Lebanon feeds into a vicious cycle: justifying the violence of Hizbullah to the followers of Hizbullah and justifying the violence of Israel to the followers of Israel, while doing nothing good for anyone. In these modern times the "destruction" of one's enemies accomplishes very little. In part this is because capitulation (total unconditional surrender) is very hard to achieve. So unless Israel is prepared to kill every single adult male and sell the women and children into slavery (a technique used very successfully by Julius Ceasar in his conquest of Gaul... and one which generated a lot of wealth for him and his generals) there will be no lasting peace until Israel and Hizbullah find common ground and negotiate.

Thus the prospects of peace are nil. The prospects of war, ever booming.


6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

International troops in Lebanon are about as useful as international troops in Rwanda or Bosnia or Sudan. They're there to watch people kill each other. Then they write some reports and criticize the Americans, Jews or whomever is whiter. Israel's demand the Lebanon police its own border is an implied threat to Iran that it can't fight a proxy war against Israel.

I really wish some of you could at least pretend to demonstrate a level of thought beyond that of 12 year olds and/or crazy trust radicals from UC Davis or some other equally retarded place.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Leftist_Boddhisatva said...

I'm really in awe of your choice to caricaturize me rather than respond to my actual comment. It definitely shows that you are intellectually mature and can face the reality of the situation without allowing your emotions to blind you.

While your caricaturization of me (and others who might share my point of view) is unrefutable (Who can refute straw with anything other than fire? I am, above all, trying to be civil here.), allow me to clarify a basic premise: Israel has both the right and obligation to protect its citizens. This is true of any nation-state.

That said, based on history (not of the Middle East, but of the world) I do not believe that Israel's military incursion into southern Lebanon will benefit Israel in the long term. But hey, I call them as I see them.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Leftist_Boddhisatva said...

While I couldn't resist using sarcasm in responding to anonymous, above... I really should have demurred. While I can pretend, for a moment, to be one of the voices in his head that he is replying to... it is obvious that he isn't really replying to anything that has been written here.

Nur, I suggest turning off anonymous comments.

1:54 PM  

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