Worried Lebanese

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Fourth anniversary of July War

Posted by worriedlebanese on 12/07/2010

Haret Hreik... before and after the war

To put it bluntly, I have no clue about what I’m going to write under this heading. Many ideas have been swirling in my head, and going in all directions. I’m not sure what I want to comment on. I’ve read four newspapers and found only two articles about this commemoration. Nothing in the Orient-Le Jour, nothing in the Daily Star, two articles in al-Akhbar, and two translated israeli articles in the Safir. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus around this commemoration. But this doesn’t mean that the July war has been forgotten, or that it has lost  meaning in Lebanese politics. Hezbollah and Amal outlets refer to it as frequently as they could; so does March XIV® (and its outlets) when it wants to attack Hezbollah and its weapons. So why are there so few articles about this war on the day it started 4 years ago?

Commemorations serve many purposes. But whatever purpose that is,there is a political will behind it, the decision to mark that day as a day of remembrance. The political will obviously lacks in Lebanon. The parliament, the government and society is divided in its understanding of this war and that day. Some blame Hezbollah for starting the war with its operation against the IDF, others consider that Israel only used a legitimate Hezbollah operation as a pretext to wage war against Lebanon.

This deep division certainly explains the lack of public commemoration. But with all this talk about a future war between the two countries (that many consider inevitable), shouldn’t this day be used to clarify things and reflect on ways to prevent that war?

On a personal note, I can’t help but commemorate this day. It represents an important turning point in my life. It sparked my interest in blogging and in Peace work, two activities that I’m still hooked to.


9 Responses to “Fourth anniversary of July War”

  1. j26 said

    wl, pretending it’s not inevitable and that things aren’t impossible, what do you think would need to happen for a war to be prevented?

    • Easy 😉
      1- Re-establishing the Israel–Lebanon Monitoring Group (1996–2000) to prevent the quick escalation of a conflict.
      2- Redefining the mission of UNIFIL. Giving it a role in protecting the civilian population in case of an Israeli attack. If they don’t do that, use them as human shields damn it to save Lebanese lives (the last conflict cost us around 1000 civilian lives).
      3- Providing Lebanon with a truly defensive strategy. The Lebanese army should acquire BY ANY MEANS surface-to-air missiles, and anti-ship missiles (it should be a national priority).
      4- Break into the Israeli bubble and the South Lebanon bubble. Find creative way to decrease the support both groups have towards the military options and the way their leaders define security.

      • j26 said

        how could the ilmg be reformed now? in relation to u.n. 1701? with the same group as the last time, or new or different members?

      • UN resolution 1701 could certainly be a good framework for reviving the Israel–Lebanon Monitoring Group, and I don’t see why one should be looking for different members. What are your thoughts about it?

      • j26 said

        i’m wondering if you try to use 1701 to revive the monitoring group, what are the best ways to push for that?

      • Well, the best way would be for a think tank to produce a document. And a pressure group to sell it to some politicians. But I don’t see this happening. So I’d say convince Rami Khouri to work on it and communicate the paper to Nawaf Salam to sell it to the Mustaqbal and the Prime Minister.
        Are you Lebanese J26?

  2. j26 said

    how to start? write him to ask his thoughts about it? lebanese/american. also, you could email me about any of this. thanks.

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