Spoiling for Another Lebanon War
Israel is looking for a pretext for another war of aggression against Lebanon.
by Stephen Lendman
Lebanon has the misfortune of bordering Israel. The IDF attacked its northern neighbor in 1978, 1982, 1996, and 2006. More on the most recent war below.
Israel still illegally occupies Sheba Farms and Ghajar Lebanese territory.
Since at least the 1960s, it conducted repeated violations of its territory. Its warplanes overfly Lebanon provocatively. It committed thousands of terrorist attacks. It remains unaccountable for all of them.
Hezbollah was born out of Israel's 1982 war. It's a legitimate part of Lebanon's government. It's not a terrorist organization. It's repeatedly accused of attacks it didn't commit. The July 19 Bulgarian false flag is the latest. More on the aftermath below.
Hezbollah threatens no one. It's fully prepared and committed to defend itself and its territory if attacked. International law supports it. In contrast, Israel is a serial war criminal. It's a regional menace. Its nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals threaten humanity.
In July 2006, Israel committed naked aggression. Lebanon was preemptively attacked. Thinly veiled pretexts were used as justification. Israel lies about all its belligerence.
Crimes of war and against humanity were committed. Doing so is official Israeli policy.
Against Lebanon, Israeli strategy revealed its "Dahiya Doctrine." Named after the destroyed Beirut suburb, it's how all Israeli wars are waged.
Collective punishment/disproportionate force against civilians and non-military infrastructure is policy. Israel's 2006 blitzkrieg killed over 1,000, injured thousands more, and displaced one-fourth of Lebanon's four million people.
Beirut, Tyre, Sidon, and other Lebanon cities and towns were attacked. Targets destroyed or damaged included major ports, Beirut International Airport, 70 bridges, dozens of key roads, electrical power plants, gas and fuel stations, factories, schools, radio and TV stations, mosques, churches, hospitals, dams, civil defense centers, Sidon's refugee camp, an orphanage, and civilian neighborhoods.
Jiyeh's utility plant south of Beirut was also struck. Doing so caused a massive oil spill. It affected over 90 miles of coastal waters. It threatened biodiversity and heightened the risk of cancer for many thousands of Lebanese.
A land, sea and air siege was imposed. Illegal weapons were used. They included depleted uranium, chemical agents, white phosphorous bombs and shells that burns flesh to the bone, and so-called thermobaric bombs.