The War on Lebanon: A Reader

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Israel's 34-day bombardment of Lebanon in the summer of 2006 demands international attention not only for its tragic results-the death of over 1,000 Lebanese civilians and the devastation of Lebanon's infrastructure and environment-but for its implications for all of the Middle East. What explains Hizballah's capture of two Israeli soldiers and the scale of Israel's retaliation? Why did the US reject an early cease-fire, instead encouraging Israel as Lebanese casualties mounted? Why did President Bush and ...
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Overview

Israel's 34-day bombardment of Lebanon in the summer of 2006 demands international attention not only for its tragic results-the death of over 1,000 Lebanese civilians and the devastation of Lebanon's infrastructure and environment-but for its implications for all of the Middle East. What explains Hizballah's capture of two Israeli soldiers and the scale of Israel's retaliation? Why did the US reject an early cease-fire, instead encouraging Israel as Lebanese casualties mounted? Why did President Bush and Secretary of State Rice claim the Lebanese and the Arab world would welcome the "birth pangs" of a "new Middle East" designed by the US and Israel? And where will it all lead? Will Lebanon become a modern, non-sectarian state or will the confessional order be further entrenched?

These and other vital questions are addressed in this collection of essays, by internationally respected scholars and experts who examine the ethical, legal, and strategic issues of the Israeli invasion, and analyze the regional and global consequences. Ultimately, the war on Lebanon is intricately connected to the wider issues of the Middle East-from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli assault on Gaza to the US efforts to "bring democracy" to the region. This book is an indispensable resource on both recent events and what the future may bring.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566566803
  • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Rashid Khalidi     ix
Preface and Acknowledgments   Nubar Hovsepian     xxv
Introduction   Nubar Hovsepian     1
The Lebanese State, the Confessional System, and Hizballah
Understanding Sectarianism   Ussama Makdisi     20
State-Society Relations and the Reproduction of the Lebanese Confessional System   Nubar Hovsepian     28
A Cedar Ready to Fall   Georges Corm     50
Hizballah and its Civilian Constituencies in Lebanon   Lara Deeb     58
Meeting Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah   Assaf Kfoury     75
Israeli and American Collusion
The War on Lebanon Is a War on Palestine   Noam Chomsky     88
Washington's Proxy War   Stephen Zanes     93
Exporting Death as Democracy   Irene Gendzier     119
Israel's War on Lebanon
Notes from the Siege   Rasha Salti     134
A Letter to Our Comrades in the Democratic Left Movement   Elias Khoury   Ziad Majed     162
Meditations upon Destruction   Elias Khoury     165
We Will Never Forget   Hanady Salman     169
No Innocent Victims   Kirsten Scheid     176
A Fateful Visit to Lebanon: A Diary   Hiam Turfe-Brinjikji     200
International Law and War
International Law at the Vanishing Point   Richard Folk   Asli Bali     208
The Lebanon War in the UN, the UN in the Lebanon War Phyllis Bennis     225
US Military Assistance and Arms Transfers to Israel   Frida Berrigan   William Hartung     243
The Deconstruction of Israeli Power
You are Terrorists, We are Virtuous   Yitzhak Laor     254
Travels in Israel   Gabriel Piterberg     260
The Culture of Annihilation   Azmi Bishara     274
Illusions of Unilateralism Dispelled in Israel   Yoav Peled     279
Israel in Lebanon   Virginia Tilley     287
A Jewish Plea   Sara Roy     302
The Repercussions of War
The Economic & Human Costs of the War   Haneen Sayed   Zafiris Tzannatos     316
Lessons from the War   Elias Khoury     343
Lehanon on the Brink   Fawwaz Traboulsi   Assaf Kfoury     349
The New Sectarian Wars of Lebanon   As'ad Abukhalil     358
Peace or Perpetual War   Azmi Bishara     368
All Wars Are Different   Fred Halliday     374
World Order after the Lebanon War   Richard Falk     385
Remember, Palestine Is the Region's Festering Sore   Rami G. Khouri     392
Afterword   Nubar Hovsepian     395
Contributon     400
Index     406
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