Ravi Mohan's Blog
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
[Politics] Tip Of The Hat To Israel
I like to think I am "centrist" when it comes to politics and that the world has shades of grey and is not all black and white. However, in the present Israel/Lebanon-Hezbollah conflict, I sympathize with Israel. The key characteristic of a nation is that it has (or should have) a monopoly of violence within its borders. As far as I can make out, the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon was conditional on the *state* of Lebanon reigning in the Hezbollah. If the Lebanese turn over a chunk of their territory to murdering fanatics trying to impose an archaic religious code on the rest of the world, they can't cry foul when people who lose patience with Allah's foot soldiers invade that territory. Either they control the territory, in which case they should be in control of their borders, not an Islamic militia. Alternatively they don't control it, in which case they have no business screaming about Israeli agression or invasion. The Israelis, could in an ideal world, have shown a more nuanced approach, but I guess their patience has its limits. this blog entry says it best.