I think, at this point, it’s more appropriate to label it as “Israel-Hezbollah-Lebanon War.” Israel is not really attacking Lebanon as a country. Rather, it’s a military offensive against the Shiite militia. As with any armed conflict, it’s just sad to think that civilians are caught in the middle of it all. Lives are lost, infrastructures destroyed. And it doesn’t matter anymore who has more casualties. The important question is: did they – both Israel and the Hezbollah – achieved anything from this?
More than a week have passed. Israel continues to pound on the suspected Hezbollah-inhabited areas. Do they really think that they can eliminate the Shiite militia? As I have written in the comments section of my previous post, “To disarm and to remove Hezbollah (the Shiite militia) from Lebanon means flushing [out] a very strong and influential sect.” They are very much a part of Lebanon. This particular sect may be up in arms, but there is also a great number of the Lebanese people who wants – demands! – that the armed conflict be stopped. Yet Israel is showing no signs of slowing down its operations.
Even though I think that the Hezbollah’s abduction of two Israeli soldiers is the root-cause of this war, I feel it has come to a point that we can also put the blame on Israel. The damage they have caused – not on the militants but on the whole Lebanon – is just too much.