They started it!
August 11, 2006
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I have no idea how accurate this article by George Monbiot is; I’m too tired to start researching every incursion on the Israel-Lebanon border over the last six years but if anyone feels like it, please be my guest. I also don’t know how seriously anyone will take this article (look at the first few comments; this is the problem with articles from notorious left-wing yoghurt knitters) but it does fit very neatly into my general experience of history that big, world-changing events don’t start from the seemingly obvious point. World War One didn’t start because Archduke Franz Ferdinand got assassinated; World War Two didn’t start because Germany invaded Poland.
Anyway, this gigantic fuck-up didn’t start because Hizbullah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. Did it start when Israel failed to release the 15 Lebanese it’s been holding since it occupied Lebanon? Did it start every time in the last several years that Hizbullah have fired rockets into Israel? When things get into this bad a state, you can barely pick apart who started what any more. What matters right now is that people are dying and neither side can be arsed to stop willy-waggling for five minutes so that aid can get through.