I got into some really interesting discussions today - there seems to be loads of people who've been to Lebanon around, maybe that's a Cambridge thing, but also had a few disagreements with people.The key one seems to be the idea that we have to be even handed and comdemn "both sides" equally. It's something that leaves me pretty cold to be honest. Which side were the dead children on? Which side are the refugees on?
First of all, the whole idea of saying Hezbelloh are in some way equivalent to the Israeli armed forces just seems ludicrous, and both groups exist for entirely different reasons and behave in completely different ways.
But also I feel I'm being asked to concede the Israeli's have a point. They don't. Whatever grievances they have - targetting ambulances, creating widespread terror and over half a million refugees, firing missiles into suburban areas and UN buildings - there is no justification for any of this.
If the Israeli state want to live in peace they have to learn not to commit indiscriminate murder, at least Hezbollah have a legitimate reason for existing and I'm not prepared to make moral judgements against them at this current time, particularly when most of the anti-Hezbollah arguments I've heard in the last couple of weeks have been ignorant tosh - although I'm happy to concede there is a valid argument about the tactics they have deployed.
Israel's armed forces are certainly even handed - they kill anyone in their path, enemy combatant or no - but I think for those of us who oppose imperialism and oppose their wars we need to take sides, and any Lebanon or Gaza resident that wants to take up arms against Israeli terror is all right by me.