Fars News — March 13, 2017
At a time when it’s pretty much clear that Hezbollah is fighting against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Syria, the Zionist regime of Israel says another illegal war against Lebanon is coming to a theatre near you.
To this end, the Israeli leaders are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians. This includes Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who like many others, has been talking up the idea of deliberately targeting populated areas in the next bloodbath.
The real reason this narrative has been pushed is likely the reality that Israel’s military has a decidedly difficult time not killing civilians wholesale during the 2006 war, and simply wants to get a head start on justifying the criminal targeting of civilian homes. But there’s more to this than meets the eye:
1- With Israel’s war drums only getting steadier, it certainly seems that Israel learned the wrong lesson from the last failed war on Lebanon. Instead of reexamining its rules of engagement, turning civilians into fair game, it has chosen the tact of trying to preempt international condemnation of a future bloodbath.
2- Is it the job of the United Nations to give Israel its platform? Sadly. It is the silence of the United Nations and America’s diplomatic support at the Security Council that allows the usurper regime to provoke Lebanon and Syria by military operations and covert terrorist actions. This isn’t International Law, it is submission.
3- Some Arab governments might try to blame Hezbollah and the Lebanese victims and link the tensions to suspicious border attacks. This is fine. But they fail to notice the oddly increasing frequency of Israeli threats and raids. They should at least ask why Israel carries out airstrikes and acts of provocation even when Hezbollah and Syrian government forces are fighting terrorist groups in Syria?
4- The rationale and mechanics of Israel’s “Hezbollah–Syria Policy” is one of deliberate acts of provocation, intended to generate hostility and thus create pretexts for war, armed action and territorial expansion. The new “War is coming in Lebanon” rhetoric documents this policy and exposes the myths of Israel’s “security needs” and the “Hezbollah threat” that have been treated like self-evident truths since the beginning of the US-led war on Syria in 2011.
5- Benjamin Netanyahu, under siege by multiple corruption scandals, isn’t at the eleventh hour of his criminal career yet. Any unprovoked war admittedly is going to be against the people of Lebanon. It won’t be a secret to anyone that Netanyahu is going to kill thousands of Lebanese people AND Israeli soldiers to save himself from a prison sentence – although his ambitions lie further afield.
6- Tel Aviv sells its story on a new war and the United Nations bites. If the world body is going to publish ominous warnings portending the killing of scores of civilians, shouldn’t its officials verify the grounds and ask why? Sure enough, Israel is selling the world the pretense for its next war: its claims that Hezbollah has dramatically beefed up its military infrastructure along the northern border. If Israel is paving the way for another war, shouldn’t its claims be thoroughly investigated by the UN before they are used as a pretense to kill thousands of people?
7- Only a thorough investigation mandated by the UN Security Council can ensure Israel’s cooperation and secure some kind of prosecution and justice for the 2006 invasion – henceforth prevent the next war. Without this, there is no deterrent and the message – as referred by Education Minister Bennett – to Israel’s war machine remains the same: In the next war, which is an inevitability, you can kill more civilians. There won’t be any real consequences at the UN.
It’s possible that the Zionist regime’s officials believe that the story they tout to the “fakestream media” could pave the way for Hezbollah’s withdrawal from Syria. But it’s as hard to imagine Hezbollah retreating from Southern Lebanon in the face of the new threat as it is hard to believe that it will give up fight against ISIL and Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria.
To understand Lebanon, the world must accept the reality of Hezbollah and the role it plays in ensuring border security and peace for the country, even to the point of, and this is difficult in a world of fake news and “alternative facts,” looking at events like those that take place in Syria. It makes it clear that there is nothing legal, true and honest about the attitudes and behavior of Tel Aviv and its war criminal leaders. If their last failed war is any indication, it is not too soon to say there is no light at the end of the tunnel for their next military adventure.