Lebanon’s 2006 War One Year on

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.

Jonathan Cook: The Second Lebanon War, a Year Later

This week marks a year since the end of hostilities now officially called the Second Lebanon war by …

Conclusions:

Israel:

* 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

By Andrew Exum and Gerri Pozez, August 16, 2007.

Citigroup warns Lebanon's Paris III optimism fading
Bank says reforms must proceed, Daily Star, 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.

Hezbollah's rep: 33-day war reveals US and Israel entity
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 …
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US Middle-East Plan Defeated by Hezbollah's Resistance
Fars News Agency, Iran – Aug 15, 2007
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Hezbollah leader promises "surprise" for Israel: BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – The leader of the militant Hezbollah group warned Israel on Tuesday it would face a "big surprise" that could change the course of …
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Robert Fisk: Looking back at Lebanon
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 …

Comments (6)


1. ausamaa said:

By Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Saturday, August 18, 2007 says:

“Lebanon has been the main loser from last year’s war”

Why do people like him remind me of smooth looking white haired men dressed in imitation designer suits and waiting in the lobbies of the Beirut hotels waiting to take up cheaper looking women to rooms occupied by wealthy Gulf and Western visitors?

They wouldn’t know Winning and Dignity if it hit them in the face, but they are always ready to impart their analysis and wisdom to those who are willing to pay the price in hard cash.

The good thing is that they represent a very small fraction of nation does not need any elegant double-worded analysis and that knows that Israel and its agents have LOST and the Lebanon and the “other” side have WON; the side that Rami Khouri and his likes do not represent.

Ya Eyib Eshooum…

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August 18th, 2007, 6:01 pm

 

2. Alex said:

Forget Lebanon’s 2006 war one year on!

Iraq’s 2003 war …. 9 years before it started:

Nostradamus at his best.

You won’t believe how good he … was

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August 18th, 2007, 6:15 pm

 

3. norman said:

Alex, They knew what will take place in Iraq if they invade , What we see in Iraq is and was intentional destruction of that Arab state.It is for the sake of Israel.I don’t know why it take the Arabs so loong to figure things out.

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August 19th, 2007, 1:31 am

 

4. norman said:

Saudi press slams Syria VP’s claimPublished: Sunday, 19 August, 2007, 01:42 AM Doha Time

RIYADH: Saudi newspapers yesterday criticised Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara for his claim that the kingdom’s regional role has become paralysed, which put further pressure on already strained relations.
“The least that can be said of al-Shara’s statement is that it lacks diplomacy and aims to sow sedition between two brotherly peoples,” said Al Bilad newspaper.
The daily denounced what it termed the “desperate attempts to downplay the role of the kingdom in the Arab and Muslim world and the false claim that its role is paralysed.”
Saudi Arabia had on Thursday launched a fierce attack on Shara, accusing him of making false statements which “contain numerous lies aimed at damaging the kingdom.”
It accused the former foreign minister of seeking to “stoke disorder in the region”.
Shara said on Tuesday that it was “regrettable” that Saudi Arabia had not attended a meeting in Damascus last week on the security situation in Iraq, which was attended by US and French delegations.
“To the benefit of whom (is it) that some Arab officials circulate lies about the kingdom?” asked Al Yawm daily in its editorial.
Al Watan daily meanwhile slammed Syria’s “betting on foreign parties who would not be of help in troubled time,” in a clear reference to Iran, claiming that the Syrian regime should instead work on mending relations with the kingdom.
“Shara and his government do not realise where they are taking their people. Otherwise, they would have been more keen on rebuilding, rather than destroying, bridges of relations with Saudi Arabia,” it said.
Relations between Riyadh and Damascus have been fraught since disagreements over last summer’s war between Israel and Lebanon’s Syrian-backed Shia militia Hezbollah.
They were further strained after the Hezbollah-led Lebanese opposition launched a campaign to oust the government of Western-backed Sunni Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who is close to Saudi Arabia. – AFP

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August 19th, 2007, 1:37 am

 

5. Observer said:

It amazes me to this day how many Arabs have interiorized the psychology of defeat. For the second time in its history Israel leaves the battlefield with its tail between its legs and this time with the entire population of the North in shelters. The vulnerability of the Haifa refinery and chemical storage facilities clearly exposed and the Israeli Navy out of the game and yet Mr. Khouri claims Lebanon is the loser. Israel hates Lebanon more than any other country because its model of coexistence between different communities with all its defects will always be better than the excluisivist Judeo Fascist ideology that current Zionism has become. Shame on Mr. Khouri and likes of him who believe that a life of night life is more important than a life of dignity.

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August 19th, 2007, 2:17 pm

 

6. everd said:

One year after the destruction or damaging of about 130000 houses in Lebanon, most of them in the south and in Dahiyeh, the process of reconstruction doesn’t look to go very fast. But some progress are noticed in the infrastructure and if no new war happens, we can expect the villages and cities being slowly rebuilt. The money is there. In the case of Dahiyeh, it will be a test of the ability of Hizbollah to manage such a complex task.
In contrast, the devastation of the Nahr el Bared camp raises many questions regarding its reconstruction. First of all, while the process of destruction through the Israelis last year was widely and immediatly documented through Lebanese NGOs and the world press (remember the Ikonos image on Dahiyeh on 29th july 2006), no such mobilization is happening regarding Nahr el Bared. The army blackout and the quasi absence of civic mobilization prevent any precise information about the level of destruction. According to the rare pictures published by the press agencies, the camp is almost totally destroyed and almost everything will have to be demolished at the end of the battle.
What will then happen for the estimated 30.000 people who left the camp? They are for now packed in the Beddaoui camp and one can assume that they will relocate in Tripoli and towards other camps all over Lebanon. The UNRWA probably won’t have the money for the rebuilding or even minimally compensating the Palestinians. The Lebanese governement is already paying nothing for the 2006 victims, all but (hopefully) channelling international aid.
The consequences of the up-rooting of the people of Nahr el Bared need to be reflected. We can fear their situation will only worsen. And the radicalisation of the Palestinians will then go on.

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August 23rd, 2007, 10:53 am

 

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