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The war is over

Robert Fisk, The Independent, August 24:

Hizbollah has trumped both the UN army and the Lebanese government by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars – most of it almost certainly from Iran – into the wreckage of southern Lebanon and Beirut’s destroyed southern suburbs. Its massive new reconstruction effort – free of charge to all those Lebanese whose homes were destroyed or damaged in Israel’s ferocious five-week assault on the country – has won the loyalty of even the most disaffected members of the Shia community in Lebanon.

Hizbollah has made it clear that it has no intention of disarming under the UN Security Council’s 1701 ceasefire resolution and yesterday afternoon, Major-General Alain Pellegrini, the commander of the UN Interim Force in southern Lebanon – which the Americans and British are relying upon to seize the guerrilla army’s weapons – personally confirmed to me at his headquarters in Naqoura that “the Israelis can’t ask us to disarm Hizbollah”. Describing the ceasefire as “very fragile” and “very dangerous”, he stated that disarming Hizbollah “is not written in the mandate”.

But for now – and in the total absence of the 8,000-strong foreign military force that is intended to join Unifil with a supposedly “robust” mandate – Hizbollah has already won the war for “hearts and minds”. Most householders in the south have received – or are receiving – a minimum initial compensation payment of $12,000 (£6,300), either for new furniture or to cover their family’s rent while Hizbollah construction gangs rebuild their homes. The money is being paid in cash – almost all in crisp new $100 bills – to up to 15,000 families across Lebanon whose property was blitzed by the Israelis, a bill of $180m which is going to rise far higher when reconstruction and other compensation is paid. 

8 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    So much for the bullshit from Israel's corner that Hezbollah were an occupying force holding Souther Lebanon to ransom and terrorising the region.

  • Adam

    Hizbollah has already won the war for “hearts and minds”

    Welcome to the “REAL ISLAMIC STATE”. This seems to be an Islamic state within an democratic state and its clear as to who is winning.

  • Addamo

    It's even more ironic that while New Orleans is still a mess, South Lebanon is being repaired at record pace.

    So much for western efficiency.

  • The Israeli lobbying software Giyus.org was outraged by Fisk's article and urged subscribers to complain (which no doubt they will, in great numbers). Fisk's sin? Well he didn't give (presumably) equal column inches to Israel's damage and death from Hizbollah rockets. You know, it was all about Lebanon's suffering, not ours. We are the original victims, ok? Surprisingly that was all they seemed to be complaining about. Is this the minimum requirement of their notion of "balance", giving equal coverage in every article to Lebanese and Israeli woes? What a joke. I somehow doubt that Giyus.org would be lobbying editors that articles sympathetic to Israel (ie the vast majority in the Australian/US press) have to include a comprehensive mention of the far more extensive damage and suffering wrought by the IDF. It only works one way…

  • Addamo_01

    Just more of those bizarre set of rules the Israeli lobby like to impose on their critics as a litmus test to detgemine if they are anti-Semitic or not.

    Abe Foxman's formula for criticising Israeli foreign policy is that it's premisible only so long as criticism of other countries is mentioned in the same breath. So every time you criticise Israel, you have drop a condemnatino of China in there or you are black listed.

    That's why they love to carry on about Darfur at the drop of a hat.

  • boredinHK

    "That’s why they love to carry on about Darfur at the drop of a hat. "

    yea it is all shitty stuff.

    Addamo=01, don't you think distance from a subject is a good thing?

  • Progressive Atheist

    If it's Iranian money that's financing the reconstruction of Lebanon, you have to wonder why they don't advertise this generosity. Maybe because it's because they actually do care about the welfare of the Lebanese people.

    You also have to ask why Israel is doing nothing to help the reconstruction of Lebanon. Maybe it's because they really are a bad world citizen.

  • orang

    "Maybe it’s because they really are a bad world citizen."….

    Heloooo.

    "We have not been seeking peace for twenty-five years — all declarations to that effect have been no more than coloured statements or deliberate lies. There is of course no assurance that we could have made peace with the Arabs if we had wanted to. However, it has to be heavily emphasized that we have not only made no attempts to seek peace, but have deliberately and with premeditation, sabotaged every possibility of doing so."
    (Yeshayahu Leibowitz, 30 November 1973)"

    "I want the Arabs to see Jewish lights every night 500 meters from them."
    (Ariel (Arik) Sharon, 1980)"
    Old Arik, he will be gleefully missed the big fat ugly piece of of dogshit ….

    "I think that everyone who lives with the contradictions of Zionism condemns himself to protracted madness. It's impossible to live like this. It's impossible to live with such a tremendous wrong. It's impossible to live with such conflicting moral criteria. When I see not only the settlements and the occupation and the suppression, but now also the insane wall that the Israelis are trying to hide behind, I have to conclude that there is something very deep here in our attitude to the indigenous people of this land that drives us out of our minds."
    (Haim Hanegbi, 8 August 2003)"