Thursday, August 10, 2006

Why are we supposed to be anti-Israel?

Over recent weeks and most particularly at the West Belfast Talks Back event in Andersonstown last night, I have been puzzling over a question. Who, where decided that if you are an Irish nationalist / republican, your default position on middle eastern affairs is support for whoever is attacking Israel?

In nationalist areas, the flag of Palestine regularly flies from lamp posts and in recent weeks it has been joined by the flag of Lebanon - how did that become acceptable?

And it's not just Sinn Fein, although they are of course at the vanguard, the normally broader minded SDLP also seems to have bought into the phenomenon. Witness Margaret Ritchie's statement on the current battle with Hezbollah: Iran or Syria (both social democratic strongholds) supply "rockets" to Hizbollah, while the tyrannical USA is supplying "bombs to be used on Lebanese villages and apartment blocks".

What are the rockets being used for? A fireworks display perhaps?

Like most of those in this country who shout loudest about the Middle East, I don't really know my arse from my elbow on the mess there. But my limited understanding of the aims of those supporting her enemies make me at least try to understand the motivation of Israel.

3 Comments:

Anonymous herzog said...

Mostly true, however, its important to remember that the current Israeli government has the least military experience of all past Israeli governments, and is therefore overly reliant on military brass for strategic advice.

If they kill four UN soliders after 7 warnings, I'd worry about their general rules of engagement and how strictly they're enforced.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous nojusticenopeace said...

because the jews are well known throughout the world as scheming, greedy bastards! it simple! up the arabs!

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't nations entitled to defend their territories? i just winder what people expect Israel to do in the face of ongoing rocket attacks.

2:48 PM  

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