As`ad AbuKhalil made a very interesting point on Democracy Now on Monday:
I must say as somebody who studies the various political movements of the region, Hassan Nasrallah, five months ago, gave a speech and he warned, he said, “If those prisoners are not released, we will try to get an Israeli soldier.” I mean, he made it very clear. And if anybody believes that Israel spontaneously improvised an invasion and bombing of the country that we are witnessing today is somebody who absolutely doesn’t know anything about the nature of policymaking inside Israel.
I agree. The military campaign we are witnessing now was planned a long time ago. Even if you blame Hezbollah for sparking it, this was wargamed the way China and Taiwan have been wargamed. Definitely by Israel, probably by other governments, including the US.
So – and this is reminiscent of Iraq – why didn’t the authors of this devastation plan a humanitarian response?
This military campaign has created a humanitarian crisis that Israel must have predicted when it set out to destroy the Lebanese people’s homes and their abilities to move about the country, communicate with each other or the outside world, produce drinkable water, and receive shipments of food and medicine.
If there is not an appropriate plan to bring food and water to the people in Lebanon immediately, and to rebuild their infrastructure in short order, that compounds the criminality of this bombing campaign.
At best, I suspect, we’ll have something along the lines of the Iraqi Reconstruction, which is now coming to an end. 18 billion dollars from our pockets, through Congress to the Department of Defense, to the Halliburtons of the world, who accomplished next to nothing in terms of rebuilding Iraq.