At 4:30 am today, I woke up to Israeli jets flying low over us; it continued for at least 10 minutes. This also happened a few days ago. In fact, this has been a daily occurence for the past 6 years (well, I’m being generous by starting the count at 2000). Not just that, but last night an aerial bombardment of Ba’albak was reported, but this was denied by the IAF. This morning, Lebanese security sources confirmed that an Israeli commando raid targeted Ba’albak. So, will the so-called neutral people out there, who continuously bashed HezbAllah for instigating this whole “crisis” (which continues – don’t be fooled by the so-called civilian aircraft that landed the other day, the aerial and naval sieges continue), now point fingers at Israel (or will they simply dismiss it saying that “it was out of necessity, to prevent the ‘terrorists’ from getting weapons from Syria” – so let me guess, Israel now has the right to land at any time in Lebanon based on its own perceptions that the Lebanese army isn’t doing a good job at stopping arms shipments?)? And will the people who said “never mind that the reaction was disproportionate, the important thing is that HezbAllah was the instigator!” say the same about Israel? And will they not whine when HezbAllah unleashes a rain of rockets on the suburbs of Tel Aviv in response to this? Or does Israel get a different set of standards because it is a “state actor”? Let’s see the criticisms of Israel by the same “neutral” observers.
Of course, the UN will equate the post-ceasefire commando raid and the violations of Lebanese airspace to yesterday’s “violation of the Blue Line on the ground in Shebaa area”. What is this violation all about? The (anti-Semitic) UN elaborates more on this than on the Israeli aircraft violations in its August 18 press release: “Yesterday, two Lebanese shepherds and approx. 100 sheep crossed the Blue Line towards Israel. Such incidents can endanger very fragile and tense situation.” Awesome. I can’t wait for the August 19 press release.
I was meaning to write a response entry to some of my readers who have questioned my “pro-HezbAllah” stance and have wondered why I am not critical of the party like the supporters of the (so-called) “democracy movement” (i.e. cedar revolution), who allegedly make up the majority of the Lebanese, are. Well, I still intend to write a response; only that I can’t find the time to do so. Hopefully soon.
Update @ 8:50 pm: It is confirmed. The Israelis tried to pass off their commandos as Lebanese army soldiers. Upon talking to them, HezbAllah fighters noticed a Palestinian accent, and opened fire. Now we know why so much emphasis was placed on the Lebanese army, which is technically unable to defend Lebanon from Israeli aggression or to even act as Israel’s “border guard”. Speaking of which, Israel’s rejection of Malaysian troops as part of the UNIFIL was met by a statement from Lahoud in which he insisted that no troops should be accepted from countries that have military ties to Israel. The troops will be, after all, on LEBANESE rather than Israeli territory.
It’s raining here just as I write this update. Refreshing.