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.


At Sunday, July 16, 2006 7:25:00 PM, Blogger Mojoski said...

I can't agree more. Recognize who your real enemies are. Hezballah doesn't give a DAMN about the people of Lebanon, or they wouldn't have brought this wave of chaos and death down on them.

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 7:25:00 PM, Blogger Ghassan said...

Al-Fil, I join you in kicking myself in the back for not having thought of this question before:-)

Your post raises a very important issue, I would say the most important issue, in why the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli problem has not been solved and is not about to be solved in the near future. Even if the leaders are sincere about peace and co-existence I am not sure that the people are , on both sides. In the Arab world the "zionist entity" is the devil incarnate and in Israel the "Arab" is a subhuman terrorist that need to be separated from the civilized. You cannot make peace with those that you do not respect.

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 8:07:00 PM, Blogger BOB said...

Very well said

can't agree more


At Sunday, July 16, 2006 8:21:00 PM, Blogger a h m a d said...

تذكرت متل شعبي بيقول:
الناس بالناس والقطة بالنفاس

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 9:37:00 PM, Blogger Mitrii said...

" in Israel the "Arab" is a subhuman terrorist that need to be separated from the civilized."

I disagree. I work with an Arab. My brother worked (and probably continues to work in his new place) with Arabs. My other brother went shopping to Arab villages as long as it was safe. That's a myth. Jews and Arabs live separately, but this should not be something new for a Lebanese.

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 9:38:00 PM, Blogger Mitrii said...

But I cannot believe you did not think about this question earlier. That's really changing my perception of you.

At Monday, July 17, 2006 8:43:00 AM, Blogger Nightstudies said...

If there were no double standards this war wouldn't have dragged on for years.

This isn't really a new war after all, its a war that some people won't let end.

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