Omyl války s terorismem

Fakt, že se Izraeli nepodařilo pokořit Hizballáh, je dokladem mnoha slabin konceptu války s terorismem. Jednou z těchto slabin je skutečnost, že ačkoliv jsou cílem teroristé, oběťmi se stávají nevinní civilisté a jejich utrpení posiluje teroristickou věc.

V reakci na útoky Hizballáhu chtěl Izrael právem toto hnutí zničit a chránit se před raketovou hrozbou na vlastních hranicích. Přesto si měl dát více záležet, aby minimalizoval vedlejší ztráty. Oběti mezi civilisty a materiální škody v Libanonu obrátily muslimy i světové veřejné mínění proti němu a proměnilo členy Hizballáhu z agresorů v hrdiny odboje. Oslabení Libanonu pak ještě více ztížilo možnost udržet Hizballáh na uzdě.

Další slabinou konceptu války s terorismem je skutečnost, že spoléhá na vojenskou akci a vylučuje politické přístupy. Izrael se jednostranně stáhl z Libanonu a poté z Gazy, místo aby vyjednával o politickém urovnání s libanonskou vládou a palestinskou samosprávou. Přímým důsledkem tohoto postupu bylo posílení Hizballáhu a Hamásu. Koncept války s terorismem brání pochopení tohoto faktu, poněvadž odděluje „nás“ od „nich“ a popírá, že jejich chování mohou utvářet naše skutky.

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