For once I would like to read a great debate involving Israel that doesn’t develop in a train crash in the first couple of posts. Thank God I am mostly a lurker.
The situation in the middle east is a bit complicated. That’s why automatic siding in this crisis is foolish.
Let’s try to consider the facts. Please correct them if you think they are wrong but DON’T give your personal opinion about them:
1.- Lebanon didn’t attack Israel. Hezbollah did.-
2.- Lebanon is a democracy, (albeit a very weak one), Hezbollah has minority in the government.-
3.- Hezbollah controls, (or controlled till this crisis), a large part of the south of the country. It is highly organized and has access to “heavy weapons” like missiles and rockets.-
4.- Lebanon is incapable of disarming Hezbollah. The government is weak and Hezbollah has popular support. Exactly how much support is something to be taken into account, (I am sure one doper can give the exact figure).-
The first thing to consider, is if Israel has the right to wage a war against Lebanon because of the actions of Hezbollah.
My answer is no: there is in the world another example of a terrorist organization that effectively controls a large part of a country.-
Almost 40% of Colombian territory is not under the control of the colombian government.-
The FARCS have made incursions into Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela and those countries haven’t attacked Colombia and didn’t make the colombian government, accountable for those incursions
I know the situation is a bit more complicated in the middle east, (the farcs don’t state that their objective is the annihilation of Brazilians), but I think it’s a good example.-
5.- Hezbollah is funded by Syria and Iran.
6.- Hezbollah actions are dictated, (in some degree at least), by those countries.-
7.- Syria would like nothing more than chaos in Lebanon.-
8.- Iran would like nothing more than chaos in the whole middle east.-
The second thing to consider is if Israel is doing the smart thing by effectively destroying Lebanon?
My answer is again no: Simply put they are doing what Syria and Iran want them to do. For me this is foolish.-
1.- Israel is a democracy. It’s government has to answer to it’s people. Therefore it’s leaders have to do something or else it will be voted out of office.-
2.- The military option is not a very good one when it comes to dealing with a terrorist organization, (are you reading this Osama?),
The question: Which other option does Israel has? How would you solve this crisis if you were Israel’s leaders?
My answer: I don’t know. Not every problem has a solution.-
Before finishing a warning: certain dopers have ruined various threads on the subject because they don’t want to debate. If you want to preach for or against Israel do it somewhere else.-
I don’t know if it would be better to open three threads for the three questions I asked:
a) Can Israel hold Lebanon responsible for the actions of Hezbollah?
b) Is Israel doing the smart thing by attacking Lebanon?
c) Are there any better options for Israel.-