Monday, July 17, 2006


Last week John Howard was reported as saying that "Israel has a right to defend itself."

This is undoubtedly true, but the comment is important because of what what it did not contain. It did not say that Israel was justified in its offensive against Lebanon or Palestine.

The politics of this confilct include:
  • Israel has a "new" Prime Minister, elected earlier in 2006. He wants to be seen by Israel as a "strong" leader who will not give in to Muslims.
  • Palestine has a new government, the militant, anti-Israel party, Hamas. It wants to be seen as not softening now it has gained electoral legitimacy.
  • George Bush, among others, has been anti-Hamas and has little or no real policy for working with Hamas to achieve peacful outcomes for Palestinian and Israeli people.
  • Hezbollah, backed by both Lebanese and Syrian governments, is anti-Israel.
That is, the politics are of racism, religious bigotry and hate.

These are not politics that will lead to peace for anyone. They are politics for the benefit of the political and military leaders, not the people. Until they change, they condemn their own men, women and children to live a life of inhumanity caused by politicians and military leaders, done in the name of hate.

The Analyst