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Tired Mars Rising: Israel War Hopes Blast, or Dud? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 July 2006 10:17
Tired Mars Rising: Israel War Hopes Blast, or Dud?

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- Chris Floyd - We hold no brief here with any of the innumerable groups around the world who kill and conquer and seethe with fury in the name of God. This invisible pixie, this synaptic construction that roots around in the basement of human brains, has produced untold suffering for millennia - and is at the basis of the terror wars that make our new millennium such an unmitigated joy.

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Nutshells and Pixies:
The New Middle East War

Chris Floyd

Empire Burlesque
15 July 2006 


"Angry Arab"As'ad Abu Khalil, born and raised in Lebanon, puts the outcome of the new Middle East war in a nutshell:

 "?a new organization, much more radical than Hizbullah, will be born out of this Israeli aggression. The 1982 invasion produced Hizbullah; this latest aggression will produce a new militant organization. Brace yourselves. And it is likely to exact revenge on those who attacked Lebanon, and those who justified the attack."


Exactly so. The various wars on terror operate on this grim dynamic: the overkill of the greater power produces an even more virulent opponent than the original target for the "path of action." We saw this in Chechnya; we see it in Iraq; we have long seen it in the Middle East, where the PLO has given way to Hamas; and we will see it over and over as the "Long War" goes on.

We hold no brief here with any of the innumerable groups around the world who kill and conquer and seethe with fury in the name of God. This invisible pixie, this synaptic construction that roots around in the basement of human brains, has produced untold suffering for millennia - and is at the basis of the terror wars that make our new millennium such an unmitigated joy.

But since we do live in a world dominated by vicious (not to say vacuous) sectarian folderol, we should at least try to deal with the actual reality in front of us, not the heat mirages thrown off by warring sects. For example,  in Saturday's Guardian, Professor Amal Saad-Ghorayeb of the Lebanese-American University reminds us that the current conflagration in the Holy Land did not begin with the arbitrary snatching of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbullah, but is part of a longer tit-for-tat snatching of prisoners on both sides, in order to gain leverage for larger prisoner exchanges. We don't agree here with snatching anybody anywhere at anytime, but at the same time, it doesn't serve the cause of reality at all to simply accept the Israeli government line that the recent Hizbullah raid is some kind of unprecedented eruption of evil that must be answered by mass slaughter and vast destruction in Lebanon.

You will none of the context provided here (after the jump) by Saad-Ghorayeb in the American media.

 *This is an expanded version of the column appearing in the July 14 edition of The Moscow Times.*

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