Re: Independence & Autonomy
A friend of mine just posted a blog entry about the similarities between Lebanon and Ireland:
Ireland and Lebanon have a great deal in common. It seems to me that Lebanon had been encouraging the peaceful partipation of Hezbollah in the government and society, and as in Ireland it had been effective at giving them a stake in building the peace.
No one is naive about Hezbollah's "other actions", but neither was anyone pretending the IRA or Sinn Fein were innocents, either. These are the people you have to work with; is it better to give them good reasons to feel persecuted, or good reasons to lay down the RPGs and get rebuilding the country?
I think this fits in here, in that the "West" seemingly still
doesn't believe that Arab countries can rule themselves...therefore, the Lebanese need help in getting rid of Hezbollah. Ireland was commended for attempting, and succeeding in intergrating Sinn Fein into the mainstream, but Lebanon gets their infrastructure bombed to hell for attempting the same thing...
(and yes, I do realize there are other factors in that situation...I'm merely making the point about autonomy)
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