Reading the news today brought back to memory the countless shouts of “Ceasefire Now” that I heard during this summer war. With that in mind – that need and desire to stop the killing of civilians in Lebanon – I have been quite interested in watching the militant attitudes of various individuals and groups towards the battle raging up north. I’ve received odd emails of “Support our [Lebanese] Troops” – odd because of the connotations they bring with it: Support our troops even if they do wrong, no questions asked.
As with all deaths, my condolences go out to the families of those soldiers who have been brutally killed. Many of these soldiers have sons and daughters. Wives. Mothers and Fathers. It is not easy growing up without a father. And just as difficult trudging through life without a husband.
In addition to these losses, we also have the loss of civilians, as well as the trauma war brings. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Is the cost of this approach worth the result? A utilitarian question, but one that needs an answer. Unfortunately, no one seems to know what the result will be. The annihilation of Fatah Al-Islam? Maybe. What else will come about with this?
Too many people can be quoted in the past three days as arguing that the Lebanese state has finally taken a stand …
If this battle is just a result of the need to rid the state of a perceived weakness, then from the start it will be doomed. “Reactions” never really end well. Just ask our southern neighbor.
What was the decision process used in taking the decision to to do this? Does anyone who has given their unquestioned support to the army and the government really know? Every decision taken MUST consider the possible outcomes, keeping in mind that no outcome is for certain (otherwise, the decision, and life, becomes rather trivial). The question that needs to be asked is if Lebanon will be a better place (in the long run – enough of all the “tourist season is over” whining) when this ends. If it will, how? What exactly is the strategy being implemented? Unlike the movies, all is not always well when the bad guy gets killed …
Though it may indeed seem that the best thing to do is to give our support to the Lebanese Government and the Army during this time, such support without consideration for the human cost lays the foundations for a fascist society. And history hints that fascist societies do not always end as well as intended. I have yet to hear a good explanation for why doing what is being done is the result of good decision-making. After all, there is nothing worse than taking a bad decision that results in a bad outcome. Again, all we need to do is ask our southern neighbor. We could learn much from their mistakes. And save lives in the process.