Much of the recent debate surrounding the future of Iraq is irrelevant to unfolding realities on the ground. A discussion of the merits or otherwise of Iraq's division into ethno-sectarian regions ignores the reality that there are really only two plausible future trajectories for Iraq's political development.
On August 11, the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1701 jointly proposed by the US and France and with all provisions in it signed off on by Israel before it was put to a vote. Neither Lebanon nor Hezbollah was afforded that same right. In a UN dominated by the world's only superpower and having to operate within the constraints it sets, only US client states are allowed that privilege. It's victims never are. Resolution 1701 was a revised version of the one the US and France first proposed on August 6 which the French then backed down on because of strong Lebanese government and Arab League opposition. The new resolution only guarantees one thing - no end to the conflict and no justice for its Lebanese victims. It doesn't even address the concurrent hostilities ongoing against the Palestinians outrageously ignoring the fact that they're raging daily with no end in sight.
On June 25, the Palestinians responded to continued, unrelenting and unjustifiable Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacks against them by striking at an Israeli military post near Kerem Shalom crossing, southeast of Rafah, killing two IDF soldiers, injuring several others, and capturing (not "kidnapping) a third.It set off a swift and deadly IDF response of daily killings and mass destruction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)against defenseless Palestinians helpless in the face of the relentless IDF onslaught.
The draft UN resolution put forth by the United States and France to end the war in Lebanon is so open-ended and so inequitable that even the top diplomat of one of its sponsors, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has freely acknowledged that after it is passed, violence in the Middle East will continue "for some time to come." Rice naively insists that the resolution provides a way forward. But in reality, the resolution creates conditions that resemble those of a troubled past in which Hizbullah originated.
Kaveh Afrasiabi interviews Noam Chompsky about the justification for the Israeli offensive in Lebanon and Palestine, the broader, historical picture behind the crisis and the possible outcomes of the war.