Ed: 32: January/2007
The theory of the thing is very peculiar indeed. You are in the middle of a war - a hard war, a war that is going badly. If the government has bogged down, if the people inside have gone stale, you would say that the sound thing ... would be, first, to fire a bunch of officials (generals as well as top civilians), promote or bring in fresh talent, and put together a small group of people to take a new and unillusioned look.
When we talk about Lebanon, the truth is we do not know what the real score of the war was. We don't know because it is only chapter one of the war that is over, the Israeli-Hezbollah clash over south Lebanon and the Galilee. Chapter two of the war is the battle for Beirut.
People are punished for crime, for creating anarchy and for subjecting humanity to horrifying terror. But, could we ever believe that someone would be arrested, tortured and imprisoned for 17 long months just for being in favour of global peace, inter-faith dialogue and ending religious hatred?
Since the announcement that an Auckland District Court judge was issuing an arrest warrant for Israeli General (res.) Moshe Ya'alon, who was visiting New Zealand, life has felt rather surreal...