Nations that arm themselves from their own resources have a right to be called sovereign. Those that depend upon wealthier nations for their weapons have not yet achieved full sovereignty.
How polarizing is this issue, how difficult to write about it without alienating half the readership (i.e. one person)?
The UK begat the United States and Isra-l. They are our misbegotten offspring. We are the only nation on this tiny, fragile planet who could speak truth to their power and would be listened to. Instead, our government passively supports the self-defeating carnage. Our prime minister, having helped create this needless war, does not know what truth is, so he cannot speak it to power. So he's going on holiday.
Hezbullah is not the 'root cause' of the problem; it is the symptom. We, the British, the Americans and the Isra-lis, are more the problem. Others are the problem too, but we can't change others except by changing ourselves.
Our government's policy will lead to more terrorist attacks on we the British people. Then the government will demand, and be given, more powers, leaving us with even fewer rights.
If it needs be said, my sympathies in this conflict are almost entirely with the Lebanese people - including Hizbullah supporters - and the Palestinians - including Hamas supporters. So I'm gobsmacked when people whom I respect take an opposite view.
Resolution 1559 should never have been passed. Shame on us for having voted for it in the Security Council! Shame on the French for colluding with the US in its creation! Shame on Chirac and the Quai d'Orsay! Respect to the US for its Machiavellian machination of world events!