Is middle east peace even possible?

Posted By on July 30, 2006

Hezbollah Rocket at night 7/22/2006Its about as tense as it has been since the start of this conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. Sunday was a most brutal day for people still in Qana, a city in southern Lebanon, as a building was struck by Israeli air forces which was suspected of being a launch or storage area for Hezbollah rockets. (Update: 57 28 killed, 9 of them children – confirmed by International Red Cross 8/2/2006) Israel provided evidence that rockets were being launched from this area and stated that they did target ‘a building’ suspected of being a Hezbollah site. More than likely, the rockets were launched from right behind or next to the 3 story house that was hit. (BTW … Hezbollah launched over 100 rockets at Israeli cities on Sunday alone — purposely targeting civilians) Unfortunately after 19 days of fighting and continual launches of rockets from within border towns by Hezbollah, civilians have remained or are unable to evacuate these targeted areas. Regretably Hezbollah chooses to hide among these civilians, as well as launch their rockets ‘at Israeli civilians’ from areas where Lebanese women and children are living. There are also some analysts questioning whether or not Hezbollah and Hamas purposely are setting up ‘pawns’ in order to damage Israel politically — although no evidence of such a claim as been presented as of yet.

Another concerning issue for the US was the meeting of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (see previous comments) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad presented the highest state medal on Sunday to Hugo Chavez for supporting Tehran in its nuclear standoff. What does this mean to have the number 4 and number 5 oil producer ‘chumming’ up while the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council draft proposals that gives Iran until the end of August to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

With Americans once again either being called upon to assist in the peace process or choosing to assist in being a peace broker, we once again look like the world police force. Its a no-win situation as opinion is split as to what the US should and shouldn’t do whenever violence erupts around the world. Personally I see validity to both positions … on one hand I don’t want our troops dying in every continent every time arms are drawn between countries or renegade forces … on the other, disengagement in foreign affairs permits rise of thug and rogue nations desiring to use force in implementing their evil desires or permitting terrorists free reign in
Newt Gingrichtargeting nations’ citizens. With Secretary Rice returning prematurely before even attempting to work on a peace, it looks as if war will continue to rage unless the UN can come up with some palatable solution where a peacekeeping force can intercede. While watching some of the experts, I recorded a man I respect for his knowledge of history and pulse of current world affairs: Newt Gingrich.

FoxNews with Newt Gingrich
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  • Hi I believe Hezbollah is being used as a tool, most likely by the U.S or even Isreal itself, in order for George Bush to take his next 2 countries. Note that whenever Hezbollah attacks, Isreal and the U.S and Australia keep pointing to the two countries George Bush wants.

    I can not understand how people have not looked at history and can not see the comparrisons between Hitler and Bush.

    March 1938 Hitler takes Austria, puts a puppet Government in place answerable to Germany.
    October 1938 The next county to fall same deal a puppet government put in place answerable to Germany, then he is free to use most of his troops to take the next country Poland.

    2002 Bush takes Afghanistan a puppet government is put in place answerable to the U.S and a token amount of troops in place .
    2003 we see Iraq taken a puppet government in place answerable to the U.S and a small amount of troops left behind to maintain order.
    Now we see George indicate he wants his next 2 countries, but in each case he has to have a plausable excuse, enter Hezbullah and we see the Worlds media assisting Georges quest for world dominance and Countries leaders like John Howard in Australia running arround behind George trying to make himself taller some how, it also reminds me of Musilini running after Hitler, what a weak leader Australia has got. God help Australias children there going to war!

    No there can’t be peace, George and Jonny won’t let that happen theres not enough money in piece.

  • Thanks for taking the time to comment Chris … although I believe your conspiracy theory is way off the mark, no offense. Although America flexes its economic and military might a bit too often around the world for my liking and Israel is armed with US military hardware … Hezbollah is the aggressor. Since the year 2000 Isreal has continued to backdown from the last time they were attacked. Provocation came from the Syrian and Iranian backed Hezbollah terrorist wanting nothing less than the elimination of the internationally recognized country of Israel. Lebanon in my books gets only a partial pass because they were unable to control one of their rogue political parties — but to date fail to recognize the destruction this aggressive group has brought to their country.

    Perhaps I’m missing something … but disarm Hezbollah and Lebanon will survive within its borders and be at peace with its neighbor. Disarm Israel and Arab states would over run the country before the year was out. I wish my conclusion was wrong … but history gives a pretty good idea of what the more aggressive Arab nations desire.

  • mike

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    I recently read someone’s opinion that no collection of world events have ever signalled the end as the current ones. I’m pretty pessimistic these days, but I don’t think it’ll be the end of days. We have, after all, been expecting it since the 1st century..

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  • Mike,

    I don\’t think anyone can answer that … but I do think we should evaluate our life on earth (and in the hereafter) and live accordingly. Live by the Boyscout Moto when in comes to Faith: Be Prepared.


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