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(en) Lebanon, Will the French Army Enforce the “Pax Israelia”? - by the anarchist Alternative Libertaire

Date Fri, 25 Aug 2006 22:22:11 +0300

The guns of the Middle East are temporarily silent. The Israeli State
and Hezbollah each claim victory, but one can only be indignant
before this appalling waste. The “peace” taking shape is indeed an
iniquitous peace, a “Pax Israelia”, and France is a candidate to be
its guardian, under the auspices of the UN.
We won’t swallow the claim that the Israeli State, in destroying
Lebanon, was only “defending itself.” Let us recall that the state of
belligerence had in fact never ceased since the withdrawal of the IDF
from Southern Lebanon in 2000, this Southern Lebanon which was a true
Vietnam for Israel. After its withdrawal, the Zionist State had kept
its prisoners of war. It is to require their release that Hezbollah
had taken two Israeli soldiers hostage at the beginning of July. This
act was the pretext for launching a military offensive probably
envisaged many months earlier.
After one month of an offensive in Southern Lebanon, the Israeli army
decided to stop the destruction. The official objective, the
disarmament of Hezbollah, was by no means achieved. On the contrary,
the influence of this reactionary organization was reinforced in the
end. The semi-official objective of making a show of force and
instilling terror among the Lebanese has been achieved. The offensive
will have killed nearly 1,000 civilians. It left infrastructure in
ruins and the population homeless throughout the country.
Now that Israel has sown chaos in its neighbor, with the tacit
support of the majority of the Western States, it condescends to
grant “peace.” But what kind of peace? This peace is of the same kind
as that of 2000: it is founded on injustice and, the offensive having
been the subject of no condemnation, it does nothing but prepare the
ground for the next war.
France, for its part, will probably be made the guardian of this
iniquitous “Pax Israelia” in Lebanon, just as it is already the
guardian of the “Pax Americana” in Afghanistan. The
instrumentalization of the UN label in this affair is particularly
ridiculous. Since when has Israel been interested in UN resolutions?
Does it show concern for resolutions 138 and 242 on the occupation of
Palestine and the return of refugees?
We hope that the workers of Israel will end up rejecting the
warmongering and colonialist politics of their leaders and join hands
with the Palestinian people. We also hope that the Lebanese people
will be able to find their way to a resistance to Israeli
imperialism, while liberating themselves from the interference of the
Syrian State and the religious reaction incarnated in part by
Hezbollah. It is dramatic that this retrograde organization was
hegemonic in the Lebanese resistance to Israeli aggression.
In Israel, in occupied Palestine, in Lebanon and in the whole Middle
East, the way to peace is not through military relations of force; it
can only lie in the construction of a secular, internationalist, and
anticolonialist alternative.

Alternative libertaire,

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