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July 13, 2006

Beyond Terrorism: Israel's 'Hidden' War

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. " - George Orwell (via DANEgerus)
IranToday.jpgBright B. Simons at OhMyNews reminds us that while much of the rest of the world criticizes Israel for acting "disproportionately," and urge it to exercise restraint, those activists who yell the loudest about "collective punishment" in the "occupied territories" never explain why Israel should be held to a different standard than the rest of the world. Russia, China, and Jordan are never called upon to justify their very right to exist to anybody. Their sovereignty and the very morality of their statehood are not under dispute; they need not plead for recognition from their neighbors. So Israel is indeed a special case, and for that reason alone it is easy to understand -- even if not to excuse -- why it is expected to abide by rules that everybody else will deeply resent. It is simply a matter of expediency. But the fundamental issue however has been missed. In calling Israel's action disproportionate, the world, with the agreement of Israel, implies the existence of a state of exchange which is not problematic, and one that can be summarized by reference to a state subject to provocation by clearly defined subservient elements.
The truth however is that Hamas and Hizbollah, and the more capable foes of Israel, no longer respond well to the label of "terrorist" that is preferred by influential commentators, and Israel itself, on the Holy Land crisis. Nor is it accurate to characterize them as "militants" either. We are dealing with a non-territorial nationalist movement, with agents of a burgeoning political power, and while they may use unconventional means to press their cause and agenda, that does not detract from their super-territorial mission.

The major anti-Israeli movements in the Holy Land area have become quasi-states. They had attained this status even before one of them acquired the reins of power in Palestine. They maintain diplomatic stations in the capital cities of friendly powers. They exercise control over financial networks that are the envy of many a small nation in Africa, Latin America, or Asia.

All across the region -- in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and, until very recently, Libya and the Sudan -- the intrigues of these so-called "militant organizations" have become reminiscent of the activities of the jostling cold war powers in the metropolises of eastern Europe and in East Berlin. They make decisions of life and death by issuing death warrants, ally with states against states, field standing armies, run welfare services, make and influence foreign policies, and occasionally declare wars against sovereign states.

For Israel to assume that it is up against a bunch of irritating pests posing little more than a nuisance that it can simply scare into submission with aerial sonic booms and special forces "incursions" depicts the state of denial mixed with desperation that has become the hallmark of the besieged Jewish State. But we must reserve our amusement for all the many serial blabbers who bang on about "disproportionate use of force" and "collective punishment."

... Without a single formal declaration of war, the Holy Land has descended into a situation of multi-state warfare only one step from full-blown regional conflagration.

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If you believe that the U.S. is removed from this fray, or that the ongoing Middle East war can be resolved diplomatically, or that Iran will refrain from keeping its hands on the keys to continuing to ratchet-up this "multi-state" war against Israel, or that Iran has any intention whatsoever of voluntarily halting its nuclear weapons development program - then please email me as soon as possible - I've got some really hot swamp land in Florida to sell you.

Posted by Richard at July 13, 2006 9:24 AM

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