Friday, December 01, 2006

Lebanon Where?

I briefly review The Angry Arab each day because it frequently leads me to stories that are ignored by the western mainstream media. Recently he was interviewed by the UCLA school newspaper, the Daily Bruin and it appeared online:
As'ad AbuKhalil, a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, spoke on campus Tuesday about the current state of Lebanese politics as part of a series dealing with the current situations in the Middle East.
This is how the interviewer described the War in Lebanon:
This summer fighting erupted between Israel and Hezbollah, an Islamic organization based out of Lebanon, after the group entered into Israel and captured two soldiers.
Excuse me. Is this an adequate explanation for a military incursion by the IDF that literally slaughtered 1,000 - 1,500 innocent civilians and where the IDF left tens of thousands of cluster bombs in the last few hours of the "incursion" which will depopulate the area for many, many years? This is an attempt to be "fair and balanced" and equates the capture of two soldiers with the devastation rendered by the IDF (much of the infrastructure of Lebanon was damaged or destroyed; much of it very far north of where Hezbollah has its forces; so much so that Human Rights Watch has entered numerous citations against the IDF).

How are we ever going to contribute to stabilization in the midEast when one of our most politically advanced universities continues to distort the reality of what has happened to these unfortunte peoples?

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