Lebanon: Thoughts on an "Interesting" Perspective
Lebanon's defense minister...warned that any group breaking the cease-fire with Israel would be "decisively dealt with" and considered a traitor...The strong words from Defense Minister Elias Murr indicated concern that factions other than Hezbollah, which he said was committed to the cease-fire, might try to draw retaliation from Israel by firing on the Jewish state. "We consider that whenIs it safe to assume that any group from within a nation that engages in acts of war against another nation, apart from governmental orders, would be guilty of treason? So is he admitting that Hezbollah is treasonous? And if so, why is Hezbollah treasonous? Is it because Hezbollah was "in collaboration with Israel to provide a pretext (to Israel) to strike", or in other words, really on Israel's side? Or is Hezbollah treasonous for perpetrating an act of war on behalf of Lebanon without their government's consent? And if he doesn't consider Hezbollah treasonous and every one of them guilty of jail time or execution (whatever the punishment is there for treason), then was it really the Lebanese government that was at war with Israel the whole time, hiding behind this group that was not "within their control"?
the resistance (Hezbollah) is committed not to fire rockets, then any rocket that is fired from the Lebanese territory would be considered collaboration with Israel to provide a pretext (to Israel) to strike,"
"What we see today is an image of the crimes Israel has committed ... there is no other description other than a criminal act that shows Israel's hatred to destroy Lebanon and its unity," he told reporters on a tour to south Beirut..."I hope the international media transmits this picture to every person in the world so that it shows this criminal act, this crime against humanity that Israel has committed..." (spoken by Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora)
Perhaps if the Lebanese government had immediately declared Hezbollah guilty of treason and declared that they would be disarmed, disbanded, and all participants in the attack against Israelis appropriately punished and then actually followed through with its declarations, Israel would have backed off. But when Lebanon is unwilling or unable to punish the perpetrators of crimes, it leaves little choice to Israel than to demand their soldiers back and to take matters into its own hands. (Personally, I don't think that Lebanese television transmitting scenes of huge crowds of Lebanese a year or more ago shouting, "Death to Israel" and the Lebanese government's failure to control Hezbollah's actions gave them warm fuzzies inside and a confidence that the perpetrators of the act of war would be appropriately punished.)
Your terrorist organization, Prime Minister, committed crimes against humanity in picking a war with Israel. Your terrorist organization from your country committed crimes against their own people by setting up their military bases amongst civilians. Your terrorist organization committed crimes against humanity in purposely targeting Israeli hospitals and civilian centers while the Israeli military attempted to warn your civilians to flee Hezbollah-infested areas that they would be striking. Don't blame Israel if you won't control your own whackos and punish them when they do wrong, Prime Minister.
Source of quotes: FoxNews