A Question Posed to Sfeir
I read this in the Boston Globe, and talked about it a bit in my blog, but I though the question was so germane that I wanted to share it more:
A Lebanese broadcaster asked him, "If Hezbollah kidnaps Israeli soldiers to
release Arab prisoners from Israel, should Lebanese kidnap Syrian solders to
release Lebanese prisoners from Syria?"
Syria long kept troops in Lebanon and has been implicated in the 2005
assassination of its former prime minister, and the question drew applause from
parishioners listening to the press conference.
Sfeir laughed and offered, "It is another question."
The question is fantastic, and I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before. It shows how anti-Israeli forces in Lebanon compare to anti-Syrian ones. No matter how angry the anti-Syrian forces in Lebanon get, they would never attack their Arab neighbor - they're not even armed, and couldn't if they wanted to. Anti-Israeli forces don't even see Israel as a neighbor, and don't affiord it any respect, even that of an adversary. They hate Israel so much that they are willing to destroy themselves because of this hatred. Unfortunately, they also don't care if they destroy everyone else. Hizbullah's like the ghost girl from The Ring - it never forgives, it never sleeps, and it destroys indescriminately.