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Flatten Beirut: US professor’s advice for Israel

American Herald Tribune | February 21, 2016

A George Washington University professor has overtly suggested that Israel should “flatten Beirut” — Lebanon’s capital with around 1 million people — in order to allegedly destroy the missiles of Lebanon-based resistance group Hezbollah.

Professor Amitai Etzioni, the prominent American scholar who teaches international relations — and who has taught at a variety of prestigious US universities, including Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley, and who served as a senior advisor in President Jimmy Carter’s administration — made this proposal in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading English-language Israeli newspaper.

The newspaper, also known as “The New York Times of Israel” represents the liberal wing of Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.

The author wrote a few op-eds that held blunt and aggressive titles; the latest of which originally used the headline, “Should Israel Flatten Beirut to Destroy Hezbollah’s Missiles?” but then was modified to “Should Israel Consider Using Devastating Weapons against Hezbollah Missiles?”

Etzioni cites Israel’s chief of staff, who claims that most of Hezbollah’s missiles are in private homes, an accusation that Israel alleges against all resistance groups in the region to justify Israel’s attacks on civilian areas. But this claim, according to sources, is to justify any Israeli attack on civilian areas, adding that “it has been proven numerous occasions that there were no weapons in the civilian areas Israel bombed in Gaza for instance.”

Etzioni suggests that there can be many Israeli casualties in case Israeli soldiers take part in raids on the alleged houses, explaining “I asked two American military officers what other options Israel has. They both pointed to Fuel-Air Explosives (FAE). These are bombs that disperse an aerosol cloud of fuel which is ignited by a detonator, producing massive explosions. The resulting rapidly expanding wave flattens all buildings within a considerable range.”

Etzioni concludes his piece implying Israel has no other option but to bomb the city of Beirut. “In this way, one hopes, that there be a greater understanding, if not outright acceptance, of the use of these powerful weapons, given that nothing else will do,” he pointed out.

Such claims are similar to the ones Israel used during its 2006 aggression on Lebanon, in which it justified killing large numbers of civilians and dropping over a million cluster bombs by dubiously claiming innocents were being used as human shields.

The article triggered the fury of several Lebanese authors and activists who know the truth is otherwise. “I’m just speechless. It sounds ISIS-like, just eradicating an entire community of people,” wrote Kareem Chehayeb, a Lebanese journalist and founder and editor of the website Beirut Syndrome.

Also, Belén Fernández published an article responding to Etzioini’s op-ed, titled “No, Israel Should Not Flatten Beirut.” In which she pointed out “that Israel has already flattened large sections of Lebanon, in Beirut and beyond.”

She recalls visiting a young man in a south Lebanon village near the Israeli border who “described the pain in 2006 of encountering detached heads and other body parts belonging to former neighbors, blasted apart by bombs or crushed in collapsed homes.”

Etzioni is considered to be one of the prominent American scholars; he was among the 100 most-cited American intellectuals. He has also served as the president of the American Sociological Association. Etzioni served in the Haganah — the army that formed Israel after violently expelling three-quarters of the indigenous Palestinian population — from 1946 to 1948, and then served in the Israeli military from 1948 to 1950.

Hezbollah, the Islamic Resistance group in Lebanon, on the contrary to the claims of Etzion, does not involve civilians and civilian areas in war. The resistance movement does not justify deliberate attacks on civilian areas in wars and does not overpass ethics of war.

Also today, the same group that has been inscribed on the US and Europe black list is the same group that has been protecting the Syrian civilians and fighting a pre-emptive war to prevent Lebanon from being trapped.

In 2014, an anonymous European intelligence officer had said in an interview with al-Akhbar newspaper that “Hezbollah is fighting a battle against terrorism on behalf of the world, so it must be supported, at least in this confrontation”.

“I can say today that the resistance fighters are defending Europe,” he added.

February 22, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Militarism, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , , , ,


  1. Ah, yes, the estimable self-promoting “communitarian” What a vile person.


    Comment by coinherence | February 22, 2016 | Reply

  2. Zionists love to fantasize about hecatombs of goyim. The thought of a weapon that would kill everyone in Beirut–nay, better, everyone in Lebanon–makes them absolutely wet their pants.


    Comment by traducteur | February 22, 2016 | Reply

  3. With vividness, I imagined even as I read the first line of this disturbing report: what if a Muslim professor in any US college/university were to advocate ‘flattening,’ say, St. Louis, or inner Chicago, or the entire city of Chicago, to once-and-for-all get rid of all the guns and the (nearly all black, of course) trigger-happy “terrorists” pulling the triggers…the better to control America’s restive inner-city population by sending a clear message that “There you go: we’ve been there, done that; get your act together (you dirty blacks) or your city may well be next.”? I don’t have to answer my question, as the answer is so obvious.

    This long-time-terrorist (Haganah) Zionist Etzioni is a danger to the US, Lebanon, Palestine and the world. He should be immediately deported to the Zioentity (a pre-emptive act on behalf of the US ‘homeland’!) for “inciting terrorism”…or, since GITMO is still open and doing business, escorted in blindfold and cuffs to that bastion of “justice” and dealt with accordingly. Rather than read the Qur’an in his spare time there, he could have a copy of the Talmud for study within his “prominent American scholar” credentials

    My God. Save us from the Etzionis and all the Zionists — soft, medium, extremist — of the world. If no one else, the Palestinians and Lebanese would breathe easier tonight.


    Comment by roberthstiver | February 22, 2016 | Reply

  4. A quick Google search and I found this bloke to be one of the Jewish “Terrorists” who killed lots of people in 1946, prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948. Here he is saying that a city of 1,000,000 should be destroyed. No problem eh Amitai?
    I think Lebanon is one of the 7 countries that the USA was going to topple in 5 years according the General Wesley Clark, of the US Army. How come it’s the USA that has to do ALL of Israel’s ‘dirty work’?
    The “Most Powerful Nation on Earth” is held in a sleeper hold by Israel, and has become Israel’s bitch……….


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 22, 2016 | Reply

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