I was talking with someone today about the current situation in Lebanon and Israel’s agendas. I mentioned how I thought Israel was attempting (or at least using this opportunity) to eliminate Lebanon as a touristic, agricultural, and (to a lesser extent) industrial rival. Then I said, I think they might also bomb the Roman ruins at Ba’albek. He looked at me for a brief second, then said, “nah, they can’t do that, it’s prohibited under international law because it’s a heritage site”. Good point, I thought for a split second. But then it occured to me (oh how easily it is forgotten these days!) that the massacre of civilians is also prohibited under international law. I was quick to remind him of it. He stared at me with a blank face for a few seconds, then nodded in approval, and with a dismissive gesture said, “ohh yeah, that!“. We both chuckled.
Occasionally we still need to remind ourselves that might makes right.