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Week commencing 18th August 2006
The Lebanese patriotic resistance
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TENS of thousands of Lebanese refugees are making their way back
to their shattered homes in southern Lebanon following the UN brokered
ceasefire that began on Monday. Israeli troops are starting to withdraw
to the frontier as plans for the deployment of Lebanese army and UN
forces take shape. And as life returns to normal in northern Israel,
Israelis count the cost of the five-week war that has ended in the
defeat of the Zionist entity.
In Beirut Hezbollah supporters took to the streets with leaflets
praising the Lebanese people for standing firm in the face of the might
of the Israeli army. The Lebanese people, who closed ranks around the
resistance these past few weeks, overcame the waverers and
pro-imperialist elements within their coalition government.
The Lebanese government, backed by the Arab League and Iran, stood up
to the Americans at the United Nations, forcing the UN Security Council
to revise its first draft ceasefire resolution to take into account
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, speaking on resistance TV in Beirut
on the day the guns fell silent, said he was cautiously pleased with
the outcome of the UN resolution. With the spark of resistance never
leaving his eyes, Nasrallah said he hoped for Israel’s withdrawal,
adding that the battle was a victory for the Lebanese people and all
the Arabs. But he stressed that that the problem of the Israeli
occupation of Palestine remains a top priority.
Speaking in the rubble of the bombed Beirut studio of Al Manar TV in a
broadcast seen throughout Lebanon, Nasrallah called on the Lebanese
people to return to their homes regardless of the continuing threat of
renewed Israeli aggression. He also spoke of Lebanon’s losses. Over a
1,000 dead and many more wounded. Most of them civilians and a third of
Southern Lebanon was devastated by Israeli terror bombing that forced
some 900,000 Lebanese civilians to flee for their lives during the
conflict. Ports and airports have been hit and parts of many Lebanese
cities including the capital Beirut, with losses estimated at over $2.5
But Israel did not escape unscathed: 118 Israeli soldiers were killed
and 402 wounded in the Lebanese mountains. Hezbollah missiles killed 43
Israeli civilians and wounded a further 1,350 in attacks on northern
Israel and 500,000 Israelis fled to Tel Aviv and other towns out of
range of the resistance rockets that caused some $1.1 billion worth of
In Tel Aviv the blame-game has started with calls from the rabid right
of the Zionist establishment for premier Ehud Olmert’s resignation over
the war which has ended with Israel worse off than before it started.
Three members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, were ejected
during Olmert’s report on the truce for heckling. Many others,
including left social democrat Meretz opposition leader Yossi Beilin,
are calling for a commission of inquiry into the offensive.
Now Olmert will have to bargain for the release of the two Israeli
soldiers held by Hezbollah. Now Israel will have to accept a beefed-up
UN force, comprised mainly by troops from the European Union, across
the frontier with Lebanon. And Olmert will have to start negotiating
the return of the Shebaa Farms to end the conflict with Hezbollah.
Some Israelis blame Olmert and his army chiefs for incompetence. Others
know that Olmert’s decision to use Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli
soldiers in July as a pretext for a full-scale invasion was prompted by
A report in this week’s New Yorker magazine says that earlier this
summer Israeli officials visited Washington to brief the government on
their plan to respond to any Hezbollah provocation and to “find out how
much the US would bear”.
The Israelis apparently first approached Vice-President Dick Cheney,
knowing that if they secured his support, the backing of President Bush
and Condoleezza Rice would be easier.
The report by award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh
quotes an unidentified US government consultant with close ties to the
Israelis who says: “The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with
many benefits. Why oppose it? We’ll be able to hunt down and bomb
missiles, tunnels, and bunkers from the air. It would be a demo for
A former intelligence officer, also quoted, says: “We told Israel,
‘Look, if you guys have to go, we’re behind you all the way. But we
think it should be sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the
less time we have to evaluate and plan for Iran before Bush gets out of
Both Israeli and US officials say that the Israeli military operation
against Hezbollah was triggered by the seizing of two Israeli soldiers,
apparently to be bargained with for a possible prisoner swap. But
Hersh’s report adds to evidence that Israel had been anticipating a
Hezbollah provocation for some time and was ready for massive reprisals.
The heroism of the Hezbollah militia and the fighters of the Amal
movement, the Lebanese communist party and the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (General Command) who laid down their lives to
beat the Zionists back has inspired the Arab masses from the Atlantic
to the Gulf. It has also strengthened the hand of Syria and Iran, who
have both backed the Lebanese resistance in its struggle against Israel.
Syrian President Bashar al Assad said Israel had been defeated and
Hezbollah had “hoisted the banner of victory” adding that peace in the
Middle East was not possible with the Bush administration in power in
Washington. “This is an administration that adopts the principle of
pre-emptive war that is absolutely contradictory to the principle of
peace,” he said. “Consequently, we don’t expect peace soon or in the
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to cheering crowds
that Hezbollah had “hoisted the banner of victory” over Israel
and thwarted US-led plans to forge a Middle East dominated by “the US,
Britain and Zionists”.
Like Hezbollah, the Lebanese Communist Party reacted cautiously to the
UN ceasefire resolution but it concluded that: “The people and
resistance of Lebanon have displayed their mighty steel will and we
must now frustrate all attempts to gut and empty this patriotic victory
of its contents on the military, political, economic and social levels.
Our central task must be to fortify and bolster Lebanese national
unity, preventing any infiltration, reinforcing the legitimate
confrontation with the ongoing American-Israeli scheme against our
Bush’s Zionist cannon fodder
THE ISRAELI leader Ehud Olmert
has been forced to admit serious errors in his 34-day onslaught against
southern Lebanon, where he failed to achieve a single one of his
declared intentions – from the release of two Israeli soldiers captured
by Hezbollah to the disarming and neutralisation of Lebanese resistance
Instead Olmert’s attack on Lebanon has shown up the Israeli
defence forces as incompetent and ineffectual and outraged the world at
the high level of casualties among Lebanese civilians – who now more
than ever recognise Hezbollah as their only true defenders.
Olmert’s policies have done nothing whatsoever to improve the
well-being or safety of the Israeli people – just the opposite. But
this war was never being fought for their benefit.
Olmert, like Tony Blair, is another of George W Bush’s willing
stooges and the attack on southern Lebanon and Hezbollah was an
indirect attack on the supporters and suppliers of Hezbollah in Syria
and Iran – both listed among Bush’s “axis of evil” targets.
The White House had this attack in mind over a year ago when the
CIA engineered the forced withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and
the installation of a weak pro-western puppet government in Beirut.
The imperialists hoped that an Israeli war against Hezbollah
would take some of the global news spotlight off the deteriorating
position of US and British occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But, like the illegal and ill-advised invasion of Iraq, this
imperialist adventure has totally backfired.
Bush and Blair succeeded in delaying a United Nations call for an
immediate ceasefire as Olmert begged for another week, then another two
weeks, then more, to achieve his aims. This delay was
meant to benefit Israel but it only led to further defeats by
Hezbollah. The imperialists have complained long and hard that Iran and
Syria are supplying weapons to Hezbollah while they are openly
supplying tons of weaponry, including the bombs that have been raining
down on Lebanese civilians.
The people of Israel now have to come to terms with the fact
that, in spite of all the US military aid they have had, they are not
the strongest military force in the region and that military aggression
is a dangerous policy.
It is slowly sinking in that Israeli conscripts have been
cynically used as cannon fodder for Bush’s benefit – and they are
becoming increasingly disillusioned.
Any Israeli government that had its own people’s interests at
heart would seek security and stability through good terms with its
Arab neighbours. Yet Israel does nothing but continually attack and
provoke its Arab neighbours. In the Lebanese border area there have
been frequent Israeli incursions and kidnappings of Lebanese hostages
prior to the capture of the two Israeli soldiers.
The Israeli government refuses to allow the Palestinian people
independence and sovereignty nor any prospect of economic stability.
Israel steals their land, bulldozes their orchards, bombs their
airport, blockades their sea-coast and casually launches bloody bombing
raids across the beaches of Gaza.
Palestinians are left with no possibility of a peaceful or
prosperous life. They are forced to fight Israel to survive The only
Israeli leader to take a few faltering steps along real road to peace
was Rabin and he was assassinated for it.
The Israeli attacks are presented as part of Bush’s “war on
terror” and the myth of fascist Muslim global plot against “western
values”. It’s western imperialism that has, since 1916, repeatedly
attacked and interfered with Arab countries.
Religion doesn’t come into it – unless American worship of oil and the
power it brings is a religion.
Of course Muslims are angered when day after day they see
pictures of Arab parents scrabbling in the dust and rubble in Baghdad,
Fallujah, Lebanon and Kabul for the dead bodies of their children.
Every sane human being on the planet is angered and enraged by these
scenes. It is not Muslim terrorism that has caused these scenes but
western imperialist bombs. They are the real terrorists.
But the resistance fighters of Iraq, Afghanistan and the Lebanon
have shown that though they can bomb and murder from on high, the
imperialist powers can be beaten and thrown back. And on the ground,
the increasingly disillusioned and unwilling cannon fodder is now weak
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