ZAMAN DAILY NEWSPAPER
08.01.2006 Tuesday - ISTANBUL 16:19
According to the US’s official announcements, 30 thousand civilians have been killed in Iraq to date; you can triple that. I wonder why those who vehemently oppose Hamas have remained tongue-tied when it comes to what the US has done in Afghanistan and Iraq and the civilian murders Israel perpetrated in Lebanon.
There’s a political behind-the-scene plan and hidden purpose in placing Hamas and Hezbollah in this defining framework, which is: Terror organizations don’t know anything but blind violence and killing. Thus, Hamas’ taking 1 prisoner and Hezbollah’s taking 2 prisoners becomes “a stupid action.” (Also, let’s remember that events started before the capture of the soldiers with Israel’s killing a 7-member family having a picnic on the beach.)
Well, then, without thinking about the consequences, has Hezbollah really taken a “stupid action, an adventure that will cost it dearly?” Israel is causing great casualties. If in this situation Hezbollah took Israeli soldiers as hostage for the sake of “glory” or as “support for its Sunni Hamas brothers,” that means it is the cause of all the civilian killings. No one would take on such a responsibility. This is the opinion of Arab countries who are afraid that the US is implementing the Great Middle East Project and those supplying logistical support to Israel’s psychological warfare. But this is a naive view.
To understand whether this is the case, let’s look at this news report: “Based on news given by Baztab News Agency Beirut reporter,
We can look at this news report with “suspicion.” At the same time, we have to take into consideration
Three years ago there were those saying that Israel had put Hezbollah and Lebanon on its agenda. In an article in “El Hayat” magazine published on February 28, 2003, British writer and Middle East expert Patrik Seyl, referring to then Israeli Defense Minister Saul Mofaz and National Security Adviser and former Mossad Chairman Afraim Halifi, said,
It appears that Hezbollah, according to certain calculations, forced Israel to intervene in Lebanon. Developments will show whether this is a correct strategy or not. But the reality is, In fact, saying that Israel has fallen into Hezbollah’s trap, Mossad is blaming the General Staff.
July 31, 2006