Monday, July 24, 2006

More On Lebanon

Professor Zero has written a great post offering more action options and sources of information about what's happening in Lebanon. Very empowering to dribble down the blog court, passing the ball back and forth on our way to the basket. I'm lovin' it. :^)

14 comments:

Professor Zero said...

Sort of amazing, isn't it! And there's Patricia Williams in the Nation this week, claiming that Internetters don't do activism...

Changeseeker said...

Uh...has she heard of Moveon.org?

Peacechick Mary said...

That is such a cool way of putting the partnership so many bloggers have with one another. Now, I'm on my way over to Profs sight.

thepoetryman said...

There's activism on the net? Hmmm... That must be why they (power) want to limit it! :>)

Each-1-Teach-1 said...

Been busy working Prof, but I've been watching, and I've been reading too, great links. Thank you as always!!

dusty said...

Hezbollah has asked for a ceasefire and prisoner exchange..say a prayer folks!

Changeseeker said...

Hezbollah (an organization that only formed in the attempt to defend Lebanon against Israel's attacks in the first place) never wanted anything BUT a prisoner exchange, Dusty. The Israelis snatch Lebanese and hold them as prisoners--for years--whenever they feel like it. Then Hezbollah (or someone) grabs a few Israelis and they trade. It's the only way the Israelis will give up their prisoners--which were unlawfully taken in the first place.

But this time, knowing full well that this was the game plan, Israel chose to use the taking of the two prisoners as an excuse to do what they already wanted to do anyway (sound like anybody else we know?) The U.S. government's ready willingness to send additional weapons for Israel to use against Lebanon has just further alienated this country from pretty much everybody else in the world. So that damage, as well as the damage in Lebanon, has already been done regardless of what Israel does now.

thepoetryman said...

Damage done indeed!

Clampett said...

Hey Changeseeker.

I second Peacechick Mary’s post.

It is our duty to stop this, our tax dollars are built the weapons systems that now rain steel on the people of Lebanon.

Now, I HATE being a bubble-burster....


Changeseeker wrote, "But this time, knowing full well that this was the game plan, Israel chose to use the taking of the two prisoners as an excuse to do what they already wanted to do anyway "

Hezbollah strategists understand the operational art of war.

The kidnappings might have been designed to provoke a cruel and disproportional response from Israel, that’s all.

Thoughts?

Clampett said...

'the operational art of war' means:

http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jrm/opart.doc

Anonymous said...

This guy might have a suggestion or two.

http://lebanonlive.blogspot.com/

Changeseeker said...

I've been huddled at the back of my cave for more than a week now, throwing a rock out the door now and again, but otherwise non-participatory. I have not ignored you, kafir. In fact, I printed out the operational art of war, visited your site, and visited a few of your commenters' sites, as well. But you must understand that, while I have always been aware that there is such a thing as the art of war, that is not my fascination nor my role. Consequently, I don't become involved in those dialogues. I'm not denying that the dialogues do and maybe even must exist. I'm just not in them myself. Probably because I don't think that's the answer. Still, I'm not the only one at the party.

Thanks, Anonymous. I'll check out Lebanon Live today.

Clampett said...

Changeseeker,

Have no worries.

See, I was insinuating that Hezbollah engaged in the initial raid as to elicit a disproportionate response from Israel.

Look, they know that Iraq is there, they know that their Shiite brothers and sisters might get a little miffed at Israel's #1 ally and, say, turn up at the insurgency, dial up the heat on the infidel around election season....

But again, no worries.

War is despicable, I understand.

BTW, placing people's names in bold can be interpreted as an insult.

Changeseeker said...

kafir, I know you're right about the way the game is often played, not only with war, but with struggle in general. Making power visible is an important strategy, but it's often so, so costly.

I've been putting names in bold-face so that folks will immediately know when I'm addressing someone in particular, especially when I want to address more than one in the same comment space. I've been concerned, however, that it might be read as problematic. Now that you've raised the issue, I will simply not do that. Thanks for helping me make sure I'm communicating the way I want to.