Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Israel and US defeated

Hassan Nasrallah's statement regarding the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers has been widely misinterpreted as an admission of wrongdoing and defeat for Hizbollah in the recent Israeli attack on Lebanon. His statement on Lebanon's New TV channel

'We did not think, even one percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me that if I had known on July 11th....that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not.'

This does not indicate any form of defeat for Hizbollah, it merely concludes that Hizbollah had no knowledge that Israel ha pre-planned the attack on Lebanon. Politically this seems like a sensible move by Hizbollah.

The Israeli attack on Lebanon clearly ended in a massive defeat for Israel and the US dealing a huge blow to imperialism. It shows how resistance movements can defeat the warmongers despite their superior military technology in what was a war between ' David and Goliath'

During the attacks, Hizbollah and the resistance held popularity among Sunni, Shia, Christian and Druze in Lebanon. Israel failed in its stated aims of the war; the release of the Israeli soldiers and the destruction of Hizbollah.

Prior to the ceasefire, Israel attempted one last move by airlifting soldiers to the Litani river area. Leaflets were dropped warning civillians not to return to their homes. The majority chose to ignore this and flooded back to the south of Lebanon. The Israeli's were driven out by the returning Lebanese and many were escorted across the border by Hezbollah fighters.

Blair and Bush continue to pursue illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with a cost of thousands of innocent lives. At the same time we are seeing hospitals closing, schools privatised, civil liberties attacked, no money for our pensions and a media frenzy giving rise to Islamaphobia. We must build September 23rd into the biggest Stop the War event in years and put the final nail into Tony Blair's political coffin.

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