Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Lebanon Forces Pound Palestinian Camp: Tuesday's Cartoon

Is there such a thing as being a "refugee" of a "refugee camp", or is the status simply revoked as soon as the conditions becomes worse for the person there than it is where they came from? Then again, displaced Palestinians have been living under such difficult conditions for so long that Lebanon's bombardment of one of their camps only serves to remind them what drove them there in the first place.

The situation in Lebanon is seen as the nation's worst "internal conflict" since the end of its civil war in 1990; which as far as accomplishments go, isn't really all that noteworthy considering last year's "33-day war" with Israel. If anything, this dubious distinction lends support to the opinion that not only was the Israeli conflict unnecessary, but so too is nearly all Western influence in Middle Eastern affairs.

The way I see it, there is already plenty of suspicion and distrust between nations and religious sects in the Middle East without the West coming in and aggravating things even more. Basically, I believe that if left on its own, the Middle East would be in a much better position to finally start addressing its own problems. You see, without any reckless U.S. foreign policy for Muslims to react against, fairly soon the region would tire of these radical militias and turn against them in the same manner they resist the West; by viewing these extremists as a direct threat to their daily way of life.

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