This cliched title here comes from the mouth of Wolf Blitzer on CNN who was showing images on his program about the invasion of Lebanon (of course to Wolf & Co. it’s not an invasion; it’s a defensive military operation). This photo, which has been circulated widely on the Internet, as well as in various Arab media sources is one of the many images you’ll never see on CNN or in the U.S. It’s an image of Israeli children writing messages to Lebanese people who will be bombed, maimed, destroyed, killed, tortured by Israeli military aggression. The image captures perfectly the fact that there are no innocent civilians in Israel. These are a people who are militarized from age 3. These are a people who have blood on their hands quite literally.
It’s continuing to unnerve me to watch CNN or to read American media or even to walk around the streets of Los Angeles seeing people having a great time without a care in the world, except maybe that their credit cards are maxed out because they over spent on their mall shopping spree. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could gather around freely in public spaces, shop, listen to music, hang out with family and friends? But for people in Ghaza, Lubnan, the West Bank this is not possible. People want me to have fun and relax, but I find it very difficult to do this. I haven’t heard one word on CNN about Ghaza, meanwhile Israeli Occupation Forces are enacting carnage on Rafah and the border with Egypt has been shut for over 40 days so that no one can leave this open-air prison.
It’s also extremely frustrating to watch the incompetent UN struggle to create a cease fire. It’s not rocket science. You make Israel stop destroying the people and land of Lebanon (and while you’re at it add Palestine in there too); you make Israel give Lebanon a map of the land mines they’ve laced the countryside with; you make Israel give back all political prisoners (Lebanese and Palestinian alike); and you give back Shaba Farms, Lebanon’s land that Israel has continued to occupy even after it’s “withdrawal” from the country. But while these details may take time to flesh out, Israel should just stop. Here’s the cease fire agreement, UN: “Cease Fire.” Khalas. That’s it. You don’t need to say much more. Stop the carnage and massacres.
For those looking for good news stories, which are harder than ever to find in the U.S., here’s a good list of recent articles:
And, as always, the best news coverage continues to be Pacifica radio, especially Nora Barrows-Friedman on Flashpoints, which you can listen to on the Internet. And, more recently, RAWI has some great posts on what’s going on right now in Lubnan.