The Washington Post today featured a chat with Amal Saad-Ghorayeb,
Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University and author of Hizbu’llah: Politics and Religion. I found it very interesting.
This is not to say that I agree with any, some, most, or all of what she says (she is, after all, Lebanese and her viewpoint is that of a Lebanese), but that what she says contributes to an understanding of why the Middle East pot just keeps boiling:
Among other things–many other things–she says, in response to a question,
I think the US has played a very destructive role in this current conflict. It is the only Western nation to completely side with Israel and to refuse an immediate cease-fire. The Lebanese govt. which is closely allied to the US has beseeched the US to end Israel’s aggression but the administartion refuses to do so, thereby undermining and weakening that govt. In her visit to Lebanon today, Rice again refused to press Israel for a cease-fire. And then you have John Bolton’s famous line about there being “no moral equivalence between civilians killed by Israel and the victims of terrorism.” In other words, an israeli life is more valuable than a Lebanese life. How can the US be considered an honest peace-broker in this conflcit?
The chat and her article can help understanding of what’s happening over there.