Lashed by Norman Geras: http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2006/08/open_letter_to_.html. Seems kind of personal. But I don’t have time to know…
Israel is at war with Hezballah and blowing up Lebanon. Nobody really seems to have a clue what’s going on. I have a question about how many non-combatants really died at Qana and how much was Hezbollywood. And another about how come the 5th most advanced fighting force on the planet is killing so many civilians. A related one is whether these civilians are combatants or non-combatants. Another is Israel’s motives – are they really at face value – to disrupt Hezballah and drive it back to a safe distance (and what is that distance?). Probably not, seeing as how good missiles don’t stop dead at rivers or 13 miles. Looks more like a show of strength or an assertion of existence from both sides, which hasn’t proved a whole lot from Israel’s point of view. Heads may roll yet.
I didn’t go to the Stop The War demonstration because it’s blatantly a Stop Israel demonstration. Nowhere on its site is a call for Hezballah to disarm or even stop its fire. Hezballah is Muslim supremacist – http://hurryupharry.bloghouse.net/archives/2006/07/22/londons_profascist_rally.php and http://hurryupharry.bloghouse.net/archives/2006/07/22/the_twofaces_of_the_stwc.php). There’s just no way I’m taking part in a STWC rally – it’s not as if there aren’t many other ways I can demonstrate. I can donate to Peace Now. I can donate to B’Tselem, Israel’s Human Rights Watch. I can right letters. I can sign petitions. These things aren’t quite so enjoyable as shouting my way through central London with my friends, but oh well.
I’d like to give to displaced Lebanese through an Israeli charity. I’ve been looking on and off for a couple of days now.