Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Joseph Farahm on the Israel/Hezbollah Conflict

Joseph Farahm founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate is of Labonesee/Syrian decent. He has written some intersting articles on the Israel/Hezbollah conflict.

1 - Pat Buchanan and Kofi Annan agree with each other on what needs to be done to resolve the Middle East conflict. For whatever reasons, they fail to grasp the root cause of the Arab-Israeli struggle – that Hezbollah, Hamas and much of the Arab and Muslim world want more than anything else in the world to destroy the Jewish state.

2 - The Israeli Association of Journalists decided to suspend its membership in the International Federation of Journalists to protest the association's condemnation of Israel's attacks on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network. Israel's representative to the IFJ says Al-Manar is not a journalistic institution, but a band of terrorists who get their funding from the same source as Hezbollah. The European Union agrees. It banned Al-Manar in 2000 from TV satellites in EU countries.

To date, however, U.S. journalist unions that belong to the global association have not spoken out. The member groups include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the National Writers Union, the Newspaper Guild and the Writers Guild of America, East. It's time for U.S. journalists to stand up for the independence of their profession.

3 - Many commentators are suggesting the conflict raging in this world today – from the East to the West – is World War III. Others, who count the Cold War as World War III, have suggested the challenge of radical Islam represents World War IV. I disagree. ... I think we've mis-numbered the global wars so far. ... This isn't World War III or World War IV. This is World War I.

4 - Pat Buchanan and Kofi Annan are literally beside themselves, claiming Israel is overreacting to provocations by the Iranian-backed terrorists who murdered Israeli troops in northern Israel, kidnapped two others and repeatedly shelled civilian population centers from their strongholds in southern Lebanon.

In fact, condemnations of Israel's restrained response are coming from all over the world. You've heard them. You've seen them. You've read them. You would think Israel was wantonly murdering innocent bystanders instead of conducting a well-targeted attack that is a service not only to its own civilians, but to Lebanon and the rest of the free world.

Meanwhile, however, have you heard any condemnations from Pat Buchanan or his new ally Kofi Annan about a very similar war breaking out in Africa?

5 - As for me, an American of Lebanese and Syrian heritage, I don't want to see a "cease-fire." I want to see Lebanon freed of the terrorist blight, once and for all. I want to see Lebanon freed from domination by Iran and Syria. I want to see Lebanon be Lebanon. I don't want to see Lebanon suffer for another 30 years. It's time to clean up the mess and allow this poor, little country to heal.

And that means getting rid of the disease of Hezbollah – now.

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