Posted by Joshua on Saturday, August 18th, 2007
Lebanon's 2006 war with Israel gets particular attention on its first anniversary. Here is a cross-section of the articles with a few of their conclusions.
Tallying up Lebanon's war a year later
By Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Saturday, August 18, 2007
Lebanon has been the main loser from last year's war
Hizbullah now finds itself in a much more difficult position than it did a year ago…. More troubling for Hizbullah is the criticism it has elicited among some Lebanese who were once admirers or neutral observers, but who now blame it for triggering the war, paralyzing the government, and weakening the economy.
The Lebanese government for its part is not in much better shape. It battles on four fronts simultaneously…
The continued expansion and popularity of fundamentalist Sunni Islamist groups, both militant jihadists as well as non-violent salafists, is the most dramatic and troubling ongoing development throughout the region.
Conditions in Palestine itself also have deteriorated in the past year. There is no sign that the US will mediate this issue in a balanced andjust manner, pull back from its strong pro-Israel bias, or engage the democratically elected Hamas leadership. Nevertheless, the revived American peace-making rhetoric is fascinating, if it reflects sincere acknowledgment that resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict justly is the most important single step that can be taken toward addressing the many other conflicts that plague the modern Middle East.
|This week marks a year since the end of hostilities now officially called the Second Lebanon war by …|
* established legitimate grounds for Hizbullah's attack on the border post by refusing to withdraw from the Lebanese territory of the Shebaa Farms in 2000;
* initiated a war of aggression be refusing to engage in talks about a prisoner swap offered by Hizbullah;
* committed a grave war crime by intentionally using cluster bombs against south Lebanon's civilians;
* repeatedly hit Lebanese communities, killing many civilians, even though the evidence is that no Hizbullah fighters were to be found there;
* and put its own civilians, especially Arab civilians, in great danger by making their communities targets for Hizbullah attacks and failing to protect them.
It is clear that during the Second Lebanon war Israel committed the most serious war crimes.
|United Nations Peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon: One Year After the War|
August 16, 2007.
Citigroup warns Lebanon's Paris III optimism fading
Bank says reforms must proceed, Wednesday, August 15, 2007
BEIRUT: International investment bank Citigroup warned this week that the optimism that followed the Paris III donors' conference in January 2007 may fade away, due to the continuous internal political bickering which is paralyzing the Lebanese government's work and business activity in Beirut.
Also, the political instability is hindering reforms, on which donor assistance are contingent, a report by Citigroup said.
From the LATimes, here (via Friday Lunch Club)
"…The reconstruction of Lebanon after last summer's war was meant to strengthen the U.S.-backed Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. Hundreds of millions of dollars poured in from U.S.-friendly Persian Gulf countries …
Instead, as government officials acknowledge, the rebuilding effort in badly damaged areas of southern Lebanon, south Beirut and the Bekaa Valley has mostly highlighted the government's weakness…"
Hezbollah's Creepy New Museum.
New Republic (subscription), DC: by Zvika Krieger. Earlier this week, I found myself standing in the courtyard of Beirut's newest museum in front of the warped propeller of a Yasur CH-53 Sea …
Lebanon: One Year On FrontPage magazine.com – The unremitting Israeli hand-wringing over the war’s “errors, mistakes and failures” cannot obscure the fact that Hezbollah suffered a significant military defeat at the IDF’s hands. Firstly, it lost between 600 and 700 of its most experienced fighters, more than were killed in the previous 20 years. Israeli losses were low by comparison.
ISNA, Iran – Aug 17, 2007. Hezbollah's representative to Tehran said the 33-day war against Israel was possible due to faith and trust in God and it …
Fars News Agency, Iran – Aug 15, 2007
Independent, UK – The conflict in Lebanon ended a year ago this week. Robert Fisk reflects on the human misery and destruction inflicted on the country – and on how lucky he …