Started dipping into Rashid Khalidi’s book on the flight back from Rome. Khalidi is very much the historian and starts, what I am sure will be a riveting account of the Palestinian catastrophe, by looking at the continuity between British and American policy and their support for Israel and how this has influenced the way the conflict has been portrayed, especially on the main stream media. Well, this is how most Americans inform themselves and we can only imagine the effect that this propoganda might have.
It was, therefore, interesting yesterday to catch a report on BBC World that really did put the nature of the Zionist regime into context and, while the BBC told that much told lie about the cause of the 2006 bombing and invasion of the Lebanon being the Hezbollah’s capture of two soldiers and its subsequent firing of missiles at Israel, it did, nevertheless, condemn Israel comprehensively for its use of cluster bombs; Israeli dropped over 1,000,000 of these bombs on civilian areas and men, women, and children are being maimed almost on an almost daily basis. That this is particularly likely to happen in the Lebanon as opposed to other areas where these bombs are being used is, however, due to something that can only turn anger into unrestrained rage and condemnation. Israel has not provided maps to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Israel also refuses to cooperate with the U.N. Nearly 300 Lebanese civilians have been killed since the ending of the 2006 hostilities, including a small number of UN peacekeepers stationed in Lebanon. Of course, we also have countless men, women and children who have been blinded, lost one or more of their limbs, or suffered some other serious injury to their person.
It is important that we know the history of the conflict and all the more so because of the nature of the reporting that is done on it. Nevertheless, the truth does occasionally come out even in the mainstream media and, believe me, when we have BBC World actually bringing out a documentary like this, we can only begin to surmise on the real nature of the conflict; what is really happening in Gaza and the West Bank, what really happened and is happening in the Lebanon, indeed, what has really been happening for the last sixty years? Of course, we only need to answer the question at hand and that is, why does Israel not tell the UN where these malicious unexploded devices might be? In answering this alone, we do not have to surmise or assume anything, the real nature of the Zionist state and the real nature of the conflict are crystal clear.
The picture is of a Lebanese boy, a victim of one of the 1,000,000 or so cluster bombs that Israel dropped on the Lebanon. Israel refuses to provide maps showing where the bombs might be.
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