The IDF's actions should not be a surprise

Abused children, when unchecked end up abusers themselves. The IDF, born out of the need to provide the safety for an ethnic group that faced near extinction in WWII, is now capable of doing just that.

Let's get one thing straight, the IDF is a very effective killing machine. Its objective is to safeguard the citizens of Israel. It will operate under what it thinks is necessary to achieve those objectives. The value and sanctity of human life beyond the borders of Israel is meaningless, and is irrelevant to the objectives of that organization. Furthermore, the superior ability to apply destruction and carnage and the ability to think rationally does not mean that the underlying barbarism of such a machine is diminished. We, the Lebanese, knew that very well back in 1982. There's nothing new.

Having a democratic society, a western-friendly image, and massive superiority in the ability to apply organized violence does not make this act by the state of Israel any less barbaric. Violence is violence is violence, not matter how fancy and sanitized and "smart" and "precise" its instruments are. The Israelis have delegated their security to a soul-less machine, and we can't blame the beast (the IDF) for being a beast. It is the Israeli people's choice and they have their own journey and moral path. Yistiflo minnon la rabbon.

Let's not victimize ourselves. I think that the question is not how we feel about this or who to blame, but rather what can we do to maintain our existance as sane, dignified and productive people. We need to keep a level head when we deal with this, and not lose track of the fact that the IDF's actions are providing us with more and more moral clarity about our country's plight and unity. We will win the peace by being rational AND by not losing touch with our humanity.

... and by refusing to curl up and die. We will keep procreating until they kill everyone of us. We will keep going to school and working abroad, and keep sending money home. We will rebuild our bridges WITH OUR OWN HANDS - NOT THOSE OF MIGRANT WORKERS - a hundred times over if we have to. This is our country, and we only have ourselves to fend for it, not the Americans nor the French nor the Saudis nor the Iranians and nor the Syrians.

The questions should always be, "what do we want next?" and "what is the smartest way to achieve that?"


At Monday, July 31, 2006 4:42:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

Firas -

As much as I disagree with your assessment of the IDF, I applaud this sentiment: "We will win the peace by being rational AND by not losing touch with our humanity."

Please check out my blog, where I've proposed a way forward, and let me know what you think.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 4:56:00 AM, Blogger Firas said...

Thank you Akiva for your post and thoughtful effort you make to spread understanding.

My post is more directed inwards, towards other Lebanese. I am hoping to stir a fruitful debate about what to do next, about our goals and objectives and value system. I will politely decline under this post from making this a Lebanese-Israeli debate.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 4:58:00 AM, Blogger Firas said...

... I will read the post and post my comments - if I will have any meaningful contribution - in your blog, not here.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 5:02:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

Understood. I'm not actually Israeli, btw (though some would say new yorker is the equivalent). If you have the time to comment on my blog, rather than here, I'd certainly appreciate the input.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 5:02:00 AM, Blogger Intensemystery said...

Actually you said it. They have the ability to protect their people, Israel that is. They sat for years and years with people having rockets aimed right at them, with their very existance being questioned.
Now I wake up to see children dead and why? It saddens me deeply, very deeply and at first I became extremely angry at Israel but then I remembered... This happened because Hezbullah is firing their rockets from populated areas. Why? Because that is how they gain protection and if you hit there, that's how they win world sympathy. Smart but wrong. They were responsible for moving those citizens out of the battlegrounds but instead made it a target by firing missles from there. So I see Hezbullah just as responsible for the deaths of these innocent people as I find Israel. When you rebuild...please leave the terrorists and the hatred out so this will not happen again.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 5:02:00 AM, Blogger Akiva M said...

thanks. Stay safe - and good luck in what you are trying to do.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Dimi Reider said...

Today, simultaneous protest in Beirut and Tel Aviv.

In Beirut:
"We are calling for a PEACEFUL PROTEST in Lebanon, Monday at 3 pm on the Ring, Tabaris. The only banners allowed are those saying “children are dying”, the only flag that should be present is the Lebanese flag.

All of you who are against children dying, whatever you may think or want from this war, join us."

In Tel Aviv, a peaceful vigil of grief and comemoration will be held in front of the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv from 4pm.

Details will be posted on the Open Levant forum on http://july2006.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~23.asp within the hour.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Poul said...

how about you just stop picking fights with israel who would then just forget that you guys exist at all? is it too simple an idea for you guys to understand?


At Monday, July 31, 2006 1:23:00 PM, Blogger Erez, Israel said...

I don't know who intensemystery is, and I don't know Poul. But they get it right. We had not quarrel with Lebanon for the last 6 years, although being constantly provoked by Hezbullah rockets.
No more.
Lebanon is a sovereign state, at least in our eyes. If armed "Lebanese" forces shoot, kill and kidnap our own, we respond towards Lebanon, in order to force it to take responsibility. At first, we avoid hitting civilians, but then it gets to the point where the rockets are fired from within civilian population. So we drop notes and brochures telling the civilians to evacuate. But the Hezbullah (may God reward them what they deserve..) stop civilians from evacuating so that when they die we get blamed.
When will you understand that the Hezbullah and Lebanon do not share the same interests? One of the things that mostly endangers Hezbullah survival is the economic (and quite remarkable, if I may say) recovery of Lebanon! People who earn good money, have nice life and beautiful children such as those sweet little victims, don't need to wage war against Israel, and that would make Hezbullah a failure, with very pissed Iranian and Syrian masters watching.
Please, people of Lebanon, shake off the Hezbullah shackles and the tyranity of Syria and Iran, and stand tall and free!
Believe me when I tell you, as a reserve soldier, that we do not wish to harm anyone in Lebanon, but we *will* defend ourselves. Wherever missiles are fired from, we *will* attack. You can name us (yes, IDF is us - there is no difference) as you like, but we will survive and recover, over the crushed bodies of Iran and Syria as well if necessary.
I respect all of you and intelligent and benevolent prople. But you need a backbone of yourselves as Labanese, not as the servants of Nasralla and his henchmen. It's long overdue.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 4:28:00 PM, Blogger Fighting Sullyvan said...

A Hezbollah member named Ali speaks to the Guardian:

Despite Israel's claims to have inflicted heavy losses on Hizbullah, Ali insists his side is in a strong position. "Things are going very well now, whatever happens we are winning. If they keep bombing us we will stay in the shelters, and with each bomb more people support the resistance. If they invade they will repeat the miserable fate they had in 1982, and if they hold one square foot they will give the Islamic resistance all the legitimacy. If they want to kill Hizbullah they have to kill every Shia in the south of Lebanon."
And even when the battle with the Israelis is over, he adds menacingly, Hizbullah will have other battles to fight. "The real battle is after the end of this war. We will have to settle score with the Lebanese politicians. We also have the best security and intelligence apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who are speaking against us now. Let's finish with the Israelis and then we will settle scores later."

Please let me know how I can support the Christian, Druze, and Sunni fighters in this upcoming battle. You better smarten up and catch a clue before it is too late.

At Monday, July 31, 2006 5:06:00 PM, Blogger Intensemystery said...

Looks like the Iranian Wolves have managed to gobble up Lebanon using Hezbullah. The Lebanese are falling right into their trap. Their freedom is slipping away every day that they allow Hezbullah to control them...It saddens me deeply.

At Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Nightstudies said...

Look, you want safety, make peace, "normalize", make friends. It's always been that simple, and considered completely impossible by middle eastern Muslims. As they say "you reap what you sow"

At Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:53:00 AM, Blogger imad said...

"and considered completely impossible by middle eastern Muslims"

can you get any more racist that that?

you destroy our country, so let's hug and kiss? you people make me sick!

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