All eyes on Lebanon
By: Joseph Farah
You know, it's funny.
For years I've been trying to get people to pay attention to
the deaths and destruction and injustices being perpetrated on
my beloved Lebanon.
And nobody cared.
When Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization tried
to take over the country and make it his terrorist playground,
When people were dying by the thousands in the civil war,
nobody cared .
When Syria had its boot on the neck of its tiny neighbor for
25 years, nobody cared.
When Iran dispatched Hezbollah terrorists into the country to
undermine home rule by Lebanese, nobody cared.
When Muslims chased millions of Christians from the country,
tipping the balance of power, nobody cared.
But now, all eyes are on Lebanon.
Do you know why?
Because Israel has tried to clean up this hornet's nest. Yet,
all we hear about is how many Lebanese are dying.
Can I let you in on a little secret?
Guess what the total death toll is among Lebanese during the
extent of this war including Hezbollah terrorists, many of
whom are not really Lebanese?
You better sit down.
The total death toll is just over 500.
Now, far be it for me to minimize death tolls. One innocent
death is a tragedy . But this is the total all terrorists,
civilians, Lebanese army, everything.
The whole world is going nuts over this "slaughter". <The
French, the Russians, the British and yes the Pakistanis,
What is needed is some perspective here. May I offer it?
Last month alone, U.S. troops in Afghanistan announced killing
600 "suspected" Taliban . That's one month alone.
We've been occupying this foreign country since 2002.
It began in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. U.S.
forces went halfway around the world to attack a sovereign
nation, to overthrow the government and kill as many people as
it deemed necessary over the last five years to prevent more
terrorist attacks in the future. Few would suggest that
Afghanistan represents any imminent threat to the U.S. today.
By the way, according to U.S. military spokesmen, a total of
1,700 Afghanis have been killed since the start of the year.
That includes some civilians, some aid workers and more than
70 foreign troops.
But, last time I checked, there weren't demonstrations
in the streets of the U.S. or elsewhere around the world over
Instead, everybody is going ape over Lebanon.
By the way, the government of Afghanistan, installed by the
U.S., is happy about the war. President Hamid Karzai wants to
see the terrorists rooted out of his country. He recognizes it
represents the best chance for his nation to be free.
Do you think those screaming about the bloodshed in
Lebanon really give a hoot about Lebanon? If so, where have
they been for the last 30 years?
Why is Lebanon the top story in every newscast? Why is Lebanon
on the front page of every newspaper? Don't you get the
impression that the violence there is probably worse than
anywhere else on the planet from this focus?
|Clearly it is not.
And the only difference is who's doing the butt kicking in
As for me, an American of Lebanese and Syrian heritage,
I don't want to see a "cease-fire." I want to see Lebanon
freed of the terrorist blight, once and for all. I want to see
Lebanon freed from domination by Iran and Syria . I want to
see Lebanon be Lebanon. I don't want to see Lebanon suffer for
another 30 years. It's time to clean up the mess and allow
this poor, little country to heal.
|And that means getting rid of the disease of