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July 13, 2007

Beirut Journalist Addresses "Pre-Planned Attack" Canard

The view from Lebanon of last summer's war seems to be much better than the view from the United Kingdom.

Discussing myths from the war between Hezbollah and Israel, Michael Young, the opinion editor at the Beirut's Daily Star, wrote:

A second myth ... was that the Lebanese war was a practice run for a US military campaign against Iran's nuclear facilities. This appraisal served several purposes, most importantly that it situated the Lebanese conflict in the context of a larger American and Israeli plot to change power relations in the region. There was some truth there: once the war kicked off, Washington saw a golden opportunity to weaken Hizbullah, and by extension Iran and Syria. However, there was little evidence then, or today, to indicate that Israel had launched a pre-planned attack. (emphasis added)

Quite a striking contrast to the wild assertion by UK-based National Union of Journalists delegates that the fighting amounted to a "savage, pre-planned attack on Lebanon by Israel."

You can read the rest of Young's piece here.

Posted by GI at July 13, 2007 03:34 PM


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