Thursday, November 23, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Lebanon's Industry Minister Pierre Gamayel Gunned Down

I know in this day and age it almost sounds cliché, but when "terrorism" strikes (especially in the Middle East) instead of wondering "Who did it?", I think the more appropriate question should be "Who benefits?"... Or in this case, "Who benefits, the most?" And while the real answer to that question may be impossible for us to find (at least without ending up in with a stomach full of "English sushi"), I think it's fairly safe to remove Lebanon from that laundry list of suspects.

The way I see it, the systematic dismantling of the Lebanese government is all part of a deliberate effort to basically reduce the country to an open battlefield between Israel and Syria. However, in order for that plan to be put in motion, Hezbollah must first be able to seize control of Lebanon, which is why members of the government are now being targeted. Thus, with the country reduced to chaos, Israel would have another opportunity to enter Lebanon in "defense" its borders, while Syria would get a chance to retaliate in "defense" of the Lebanese people.

Yet, the one thing that I still can't figure out, is exactly which country is trying to bait the other; but then, does that really matter if both parties are already willing participants? I mean, from a distance it almost seems as though Israel and Syria might be working together in order to achieve the same goal, which is extremely odd... until you realize their shared "goal" is each other's annihilation.

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Blogger MikeFitz said...

Yep, There are no good guys or bad guys in the Middle East, just perpetrators and victims.

"Who benefits?" is an important part of any investigation. If a murder is committed in New York or LA, the police always try to establish a "Motive". Prosecutions just don't succeed without one.

On a larger scale, the Bush administration had no clue about the "motive" behind the 9/11 bombers. Osama B-L must still be laughing at how they committed themselves to Iraq with no understanding.

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