Friday, July 21, 2006

Olmert and Nasrallah; Same Wine of Terror in Two Different Bottles

Before you watch that Ugandan bootlegged music video below or read through my rantings, let us first pray to the almighty for peace in the Middle East. Pray for all the innocent caught up in this quagmire of human evil and international disconnection and hypocrisy. Pray for the children living under such horror. Pray for the women who shed blood to bring a life on this planet and yet suffer the consequences of violence. Let us pray for wisdom; appreciate the reality that whether you are American, Rwandese, Canadian, Lebanese, Ugandan, Isreali, stateless et al. we are all humanly the same in blood and in manifestation of God.

At long last the World cup came to a rude close, like it is said every good thing comes to an end. As I contemplated on how I would be wasting my early morning time to replace the month long World cup rituals, things went bonkers in the Middle East in a blink. Suddenly, Iraq, Afghanistan, N. Korea, and the new Tsunami in Asia took a back seat! I am still puzzled at how things deteriorated drastically and so violently in so short a time. Puzzling still, is the wave of good press Israel is enjoying in the western world with each indiscriminate 'laser' bombing?

The disproportionate response to the capture of Israel soldiers is being justified with utmost tongue twisting in most of our daily tabloids. Jesus, it does not matter how you look at it, but terror is terror whether administered by Hezbollah or by Israel. Look up the definition in any dictionary and you will surely understand where I am coming from with this. The art of targeting people/civilians with deadly weapons is criminal whatever form it may be packaged. Remind me on this one, but we used to call such insanity "crimes against humanity" or war crimes in the good old days. Maybe I am missing something here, but haven't the international community tried Slobodan Milosovich at the Hague for the crimes he committed whilst president of Yugoslavia; pursued Joseph Kony; Intarahamwe and the agitators of genocide in Rwanda; Charlse Taylor et al. for acting in a manner that departs from the general appreciation of the "laws of humanity?" With these horrific events in the Middle East, the list just got longer.

Followers of the Middle East current affairs know for sure that this onslaught is not a result of self defense from Hezbollah katyusha rocket attacks and the capture of the two soldiers, but a well planned strategy to deface the new Arab identity from solidifying in Israeli’s vicinity. If that does not hold water, how then would we explain the savage and brutal attacks on civilians and Lebanon’s symbols of economical revival/development such as her infrastructure, power stations, business entities et al. or the continuing reference of Syria and Iran as sponsors of terror and the convenient relegation to oblivion the mention of the mammoth sponsorship Israeli terror receives from USA and her obedient allies. I say it again, terror is terror, there is no in between, no good terrorists and no bad terrorists especially when innocent civilians are dying in a hurry as collateral damage.

We also know that the capture of the two Israeli soldiers did not come as a surprise to the state of Israel since the Hezbollah leadership had been publically expressing their desire to capture Israeli troops as bargaining chips for Lebanese prisoners. Equally important, is the fact that Israeli has not only been violating Lebanon’s sovereignty but had continued to occupy some parts of southern Lebanon at will. With such 'bwiino' it is hard to ascertain who the aggressor is and who is justified to press the self defense mode button. The bottom line is that innocent people, women and children mostly, are dying as a result of this madness and just like in Rwanda, the world looks on in horror but doing nothing to stop the senseless carnage, which leaves the impression that some lives are worth more than others.

The effects of this will be felt far and wide and I am not talking about forking a buck more for gas (which is innevitable) but something permanently shaking our understanding and viewing of the world; if any of you thought everything will go back to normal after Israel and Hezbollah achieve their goals then think again. For starters, one thing is for sure; the young democracy in Lebanon is under siege from the very people that funded it. Go figure!! I say TERROR ON BOTH SIDES MUST STOP, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And to that I say, amen.

My dear Yvette in Kampala 'you tubed' me with this killer hit from Uganda, I am drowned in the melodies of this song and I hope it chills down your frustrations and stress too. Meanwhile, my inshuti Laurette is on a mission to create a downloadable software that can help us bootleg you tube videos on to our PCs and also converting them to formats compartible with DVD recordables (mpeg etc) and VCD for free. Check this space.

Take care people; it is a wild world.


Blogger Omar Barsawad said...

Jane, I have many times failed to understand how people there, just don't want to see and accept Israel's brutality and atrocities! When one comes down hard on Israel, one is considered: anti-semite or anti-Jewish! And yet, that's besides the whole issue! The issue of: what's wrong and what's right!

This, can not be called self defence! But then, at the same time Israel is only emulating its main supporter and backer: the US! Under the guise of 'war on terror' - Israel can do whatever it likes! With impunity!

Terror, in whatever form or by whoever is terror! Be it by the Third Rheich, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi, or Saddam or Milocovic or Kony! Terror is terror! And that's what exactly Israel is doing now! Mercilessly killing, maiming and destroying in Lebanon! Just because two of its soldiers have been kidnapped!

Because of these two soldiers, Israel is brutally punishing a whole country! A country just a few months ago, was being lauded as an example of a democracy in the Middle East! And Israel is doing all this with the full support and encouragement of the US! The US which claims it wants to have a good relationship with the people of the Middle East; how can the US win the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East with such actions?

I fail to understand!

Sunday, July 23, 2006 1:48:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jay said...

I don't care what kind of spin the US (and other media) try to put on the isreali bombing of lebanon, to me it is plain terrorism.

I have found myself wondering how the isrealis justify all that in the name of self defence. Obviously their agenda is different and they don't really care.

The happiest people now must be the hezbolla

Monday, July 24, 2006 9:48:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane, The bloodbath has just made those democracy theories I believed in, obsolete. That theory that Democracies do not invade each other and that they do not stand for terror!?

Neneth Kalisa RN,
Hamilton Health Sciences.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:11:00 p.m.  
Blogger Omar Basawad said...


Thursday, July 27, 2006 12:53:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Muhakanizi said...

Music on the ka-blog? Amazing. BTW, I agree, Isreal's arrogance is now an irritation to my *##*!! Bombing the UN guard post is pure evil and CLASSLESS!

Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:43:00 p.m.  
Blogger baz said...

I just saw this at another blog ( She was in Lebanon the other day, and this is how she describes Beirut:

"Caught amongst Christians and Muslims, Europeans and Arabs, sea and mountains. Mediterranean cruise ships dock into the ports of unemployment, trendy clothing boutiques a stone’s throw from religious bookstores covered in Arabic scripts, Saudi women covered head to foot, Beiruti women in jeans tight enough to bounce a quarter on. A city broken by war, a city rebuilt into a sandstone palace of hope."

That just suddenly made the whole fiasco more human. It's no longer just statistics of how many civilians fell under attack, you can actually see who did.

Friday, July 28, 2006 3:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger kisiki said...

The Lebanon, Palestine and Israel conflict is too common but lessly understood for the harm it causes to the innocent.

The "allies" of Lebanon> Syria and Iran, do have feeling for the people of Lebanon, They care not about their lives or tomorrow, but only to foster their international agenda of setting the middle east leadership.

The Hezbolah, have to love the people of Lebanon as they wish to influence Israel to release the imprisoned arabs.

Israel has to be open and let the arabs go and have peace.

God have mercy for the innocent people.


Saturday, July 29, 2006 11:02:00 a.m.  
Blogger minty said...

There's a problem with things that are(mis)understood as being God-ordained, which unfortunately is the projected belief of those fighting on both sides. The atrocities can go on solely on this religious steam unless secular institutions like UN or outsiders like the US step in. Why are they quiet?

Monday, July 31, 2006 10:13:00 a.m.  
Blogger Ninsiima said...

Hi kawalz, once again you write a wonderful piece. i agree with you totally on the terror is terror and it must stop. i was talking with some friends about this tragedy and everyone seems to succumb to the 'war is war, so innocent people must be sacrificed' mindset... i don't know what can be done to stop this since no one with full potential to make it stop is showing any interest in putting an end to the madness, so all I can do from over here is pray. and pray i shall! God is in control and He will have His say in the end.
PS: don't play me like that, i thought your ka comment on my blog meant you were actually in k'la... if you are please holla? lol looking to cause some serious havoc on the town.
much love and Shalom

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:41:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lovely Amphibian said...

hi Jane. havent visited lately because fir some reason, everytime i try to open your blog, it takes forever or just hangs. this time i'm suprised. dont know if its too heavy but scratch that because there are many who have visited and they are not complaining.

i screamed myself almost insane with this war years ago. then i stopped. Israel and the US wont stop bombing the arabs just because we say so. the only way to stop the madness is if there should rise a power stronger than America. short of that...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 9:44:00 a.m.  
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