Saturday, July 22, 2006

"Enduring commitment to Lebanon?"

The US State Department writes, in its evacuation letter to its citizens, "The U.S. Embassy reaffirms the firm, enduring and non-negotiable commitment of the United States to Lebanon and the Lebanese people."

Simultaneously, Condoleezza Rica declares - again and again - that no, the US does not want a ceasefire. The US instead wants to continue its work on building "democracy" in the Middle East. (ah - Iraq-style-democracy?)

Simultaneously, the US "Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis" (as reported in the NYT today) "The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration ... The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed ...Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike."

Simultaneously, the US is shipping bombs to Israel that destroy up to 40 meters of cement.

Simultaneously, Israel declares that in the past 24 hours Israel has hit more than 140 "targets" in Lebanon - with US weaponry.

It is clear. It is exceedingly clear.
This isn't simply Israel's war of choosing on Lebanon, the country and the people.
This is the US/Israel's war of choosing on Lebanon, the country and the people.

I would rather the US not have an 'enduring commitment' to Lebanon.

-Rania Masri
El Koura, Lebanon


Blogger johnr said...

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12:41 PM  
Blogger VMP said...

As usual, it does sound like the government agencies are in hole as to what their stance is. We all know the White House's stance is. I think the fault lies on both sides because it seems like the two kids are fighting again. To fight terrorists for years means becoming a terrorist yourself.

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