However, Dunkel makes a good point that deserves to be reiterated: political rhetoric to disguise what's really going on, especially when it comes to war, is intolerable.
In Vietnam, 50,000 Americans died in search of ÂPeace with Honor.Â In one of the many, ever changing justifications for the Iraq War, we were told it would bring Âfreedom and democracy and, with that, peace to the entire region.Â Now we are being told that we should not pursue an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon because we are searching instead for a Âlasting Peace.Â
Like the jingoistic names of military campaigns (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Together Forward, etc.), jingoistic phrases about the type of peace for which war is waged end up in a scrap heap of political rhetoric, while real people, innocent non-combatants, are being slaughtered and the infrastructure of an entire society is being decimated. And the stated reason, to Âeliminate Hezbollah forever,Â is proving to be the same old delusional hyperbole.
Condi went on national television to explain to America that she wants a ceasefire, but only a "sustainable" ceasefire. Sounds good, right? But, how does one define what will be a lasting peace? If countries don't even try sitting on the table to discuss just what's wrong, how can anyone know it won't be lasting? It's not as if there can be a dialogue in place when thousands of troops from one country are invading the supposed partner in dialogue.
What Condi really did was give permission for umilitaryililtarybecause becuase, let's get serious, when in the past decades has there been perfect peace in the Middle East? We can't even manage that in the streets of Boston. Would Condi be okay with bombing Dorchester to route out the gangs and look the other way when neighborhood groups urged a temporary ceasefire for peace talks?
I don't see many people calling for cops to go after the gangs and shoot them all down. Why? It's a stupid policy. Dunkelbarger's right about Israel-Lebanon and he's right about Iraq (though Steven Lynch seems things seem just peachy in Baghdad). War has already had its chance, it's time we give peace a try.