There are several significant factors concerning the situation in Lebanon that are not being discussed in the US media. Following are just a few examples ..
1. Israel is violating US laws: In Israel's attack on Lebanon, which has so far killed 226 Lebanese, mostly civilians (24 Israelis have died), Israeli forces are using US weaponry. This is a clear violation of two US laws that regulate American aid abroad:
The U.S. Arms Export Control Act restricts the use of U.S. weapons to legitimate self-defense and internal policing; U.S. weapons cannot be used to attack civilians in offensive operations.
The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act prohibits U.S. aid of any kind to a country with a pattern of gross human rights violations.
In the first few days of the offensive against Lebanon, tens of millions of dollars worth of U.S. munitions have been used by Israel against a country friendly to the United States and a government fully supported by America - a nation considered by many to be the most democratic country in the region.
In addition to killing and maiming civilians -- many of them children -- Israel is destroying the country's civilian infrastructure: the airport, streets, bridges, electric plants, etc.
(CNN is no longer giving a figure on the number of Lebanese injured, but this quite possibly approaches 500 to 1,000, in addition to the 226 killed so far.)
2. Israel is violating international law. The Sinora government (and previous Lebanese governments) have long complained of three specific Israeli violations of international law. These are central to the Lebanon-Israel situation:
Israel has failed to keep her promise to make available maps of the 140,000 land mines she left behind in Lebanon. This continues to endanger Lebanese children and families.
Three small sectors of land overlooking the Litani River have been retained and occupied by Israel. This acquisition of another nation's land is illegal and a major cause of complaint by the Lebanese government.
Three Lebanese prisoners taken by Israel were moved to Israel many years ago. This is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention prohibition against an occupying power transporting prisoners into its own territory.
A previous prisoner held by Israel testified to grotesque torture by Israel. This came out in Israeli and world media, but was ignored by US media. There is reason to suspect that Lebanese prisoners still being held by Israel - like the over 9,000 Palestinian men, women, and children - are also being physically abused.
Also, in time lines on Lebanon, it is important that the media include the Israeli-sponsored massacres in Sabra and Shatilla, which took place in 1982.
Action: Please ask the media to cover these issues.
Source: If Americans Knew
May Allah bless Dr Alam a million times!!!
It is too hard for an ignorant man like Romesh Chander to understand the origins & the cause of the ME conflict because he is too blind to see the Truth. Well we don't expect a Hindu extremist or an evil Zionist from the New York Times... to accept the Truth...Like yourself Romesh, they are too selfish & too corrupt to abandon Zionist obscurantism!!!
1)All Muslims have to live simple lifes.
2)Consider other muslim his brothers and sisters in true sense.
3)Join other non-muslims around the Globe for anti-Globization and Green Peace movements and also should try to stay away from corporate world, not being part of it and Stop working for big corporates. And stop giving away our daughters hands to those muslims who work for big corporates.
And stop supporting Isreal and their supporters.
Peace to you. By the way, how can Arabs or palestinians be anti semitic when they themselves are of semitic origin? They are of a purer geneology than the mongrel Israel invaders, who bloodlines have been diluted for centuries after their removal from the middle east and dispersement. If you don't keep your covenants with almighty God, it happens.
Muslims have no unity, no Islamic union, no trade agreements, no self defense or offense means.They do not even have basic industries(food-water-medicines etc.)
USA and Israel are the great forces in the world, they have: spying agencies, intelligence, UN, EU, have their own agendas, industries, all kinds of power to control the world. That is why they are arrogant and they know no country have courage in this world to say or do anything in UN/EU....
Once muslims, use resources wisely, have trade agreements, have Islamic union(IU), have media outlets, develop offensive and defensive status and have that kind of military power they have, then you can face any body and do not have to cry for help. You have to work hard, follow Quran & Hadith ask Allah for help.
It is pity when muslims are attacked or invaded by them, the muslim leaders(self interested- puppets) are quiet or call the invaders for their intervention or help instead of becoming strong and able to defend themselves or launch offensive.
GOD(Allah) help us now especially and always in future. AAMEEN.
Are non-state actors like Hamas and HizbAllah recognized under international law? Well, if a government cannot control its people, then it has no right to complain. If HizbAllah and Hamas go against the wishes of its recognized government (Lebanon, Palestine), that is not the fault of Israel; if they bother israel, then israel has every right to hit back the nation where they came from.
Frankly, this whole article is quite childish. I seriously doubt any reasonable publication like New York Times will entertain it to publish it.
Israel is not Beslan. It is time that radical Islamists learn that their evil and vicious ways cannot stand forever. And it's time for the rest of the non-Muslim world to acquire some courage and resist the radical Islamist bully.
Also rockets fired on say Israel are not home made ones in Hizballah basement houses. They have a Iranian or Syrian address and labels them
So why not publish article in Iran or Damascus?
The list of crimes against religion and nations by Israel and supported by USA should put Israel and the USA as the indicted and guilty party left only to be punished. The world must be in the war mode against Israel and USA for peace to fluorish all over the world. However, the Middle East must be the first contentious issue to be solved.
How? Eliminate Israel. The world would agree. Only USA would reject this idea. So, are we going to let this two indicted villains off the law?
As for Israel denying Geneva Convention courtesies to its Lebanese captives, that is pure nonsense. These captives do not warrant such treatment because they are/were members of an illegitimate terrorist militia. Not a standing uniformed military force representing a sovereign nation.
Aside from all this, I believe that much of the world - and this includes the Muslim world - is standing back and letting Israel pummel Lebanon because their wards, Hezbollah, richly deserve it. Many are sick and tired of Hezbollah's insanely murderous antics and want them done away with.
By the way, speaking of treaty violations, Lebanon violated the UN mandate to dismantle Hezbollah. Did they? No they did not. And never forget that the people there elected over a dozen Hezbollah members to their congress. This war is Lebanon's bed and they have to lie in it.