Two “Wrongs” Lead to a Downed Drone


Last week a drone was shot down in Israel. There was a cloud of suspicion surrounding where the drone originated from in the initial reports, however a handful of days later it was confirmed that the drone belonged to Hezbollah stationed in Lebanon. More specifically, according to news reports, the drone was “manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.” The drone’s breach signifies Iran’s capabilities and technology, said Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi.

Israeli jets scramble to intercept the Iranian drone that breached their airspace.

Vahidi went on to applaud Hezbollah’s actions stating that they did a “great job” and that the era where Israel believed they held supremacy has ceased. According to the Defense Minister, Hezbollah was well within their rights to fly into Israeli airspace because “Israeli warplanes routinely fly over Lebanon.” The leader of Hezbollah Sheik Hassan Nasrallah stated that this drone flight will not be the last one they conduct.

The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, claiming responsibility for the drone in question.

Furthermore, Vahidi said that Israel does not have the “capability to act against Iran,” and Israel has not ruled out a preemptive strike against Iran and their nuclear program. The West suspects this nuclear program to be developing military weapons while Iran keeps denying the accusations stating that it is geared towards alternative energy.

Did Lebanon have the right to fly a drone into Israeli airspace for the sole reason that Israel continually sends warplanes into Lebanese airspace? No. When we were all children we were taught that two wrongs do not make a right. In this case the two wrongs occurred when the airspace of both Lebanon and Israel was violated. Both groups continually seemingly keep inching toward a conflict by committing irksome actions against one another. Unfortunately, if a conflict does erupt it will not only affect those two groups but rather the entire world.

My take on this situation is that with each of these acts of aggression tensions will keep thickening between Israel and Iran, and it’s not like one day they will put their differences aside and reconcile in a peaceful and civil manner. It doesn’t matter if the acts of aggression both countries commit are physical or verbal, both are equally adding to the tinderbox which is the Middle East and when time comes to flick the first match it won’t be an easy fire to put out.

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12 thoughts on “Two “Wrongs” Lead to a Downed Drone

  1. I have a different answer to your question, “Did Lebanon have the right to fly a drone into Israeli airspace for the sole reason that Israel continually sends warplanes into Lebanese airspace?” My answer is: yes.

    Yes, two wrongs do not make a right. But, you cannot oversimplify the issue into that proverb. Israeli warplanes routinely (and very obviously) violate Lebanese airspace, for what? One of the main reasons is for gathering intelligence. What is Lebanon supposed to do? Just welcome the Israeli violations of the UN Resolution 1701, and stay quiet? Sending drones over Israel is the minimum reaction to be expected from the continuing Israeli violations.

  2. In a Haaretz article from November 2007, it says:
    “In a letter to the United Nations, Beirut alleges that the Israel Air Force has performed 290 sorties into Lebanese air space over the course of the last four months. Lebanon also charges that Israel Defense Forces have illegally crossed the border into Lebanon on 52 occassions over the same time span.”
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/lebanon-to-un-israel-breached-truce-deal-hundreds-of-times-1.232334

    That was back in 2007, so you can only imagine the increase in numbers by now. It has actually become so normal for Israeli warplanes to wonder around our airspace, that it is barely mentioned anymore. I am subscribed to LibanCall breaking news service, which sends SMS texts. They send texts informing us of Israeli warplanes flying at a “low height.” That is how visible they have become. And just like you believe two wrongs do not make a right, I believe that just because something became a routine, it doesn’t make it neither right nor normal.

  3. I completely agree with Fatima, Israeli army had violated Lebanese airspace 20,864 times since the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

    Why haven’t we heard any remarks about that? Why is it okay for the Israelis to violate such implementation? Should we always stay silent?

  4. I realize that when the situation involves you personally (or your country) it does not seem wrong. However, I am saying that Israel was also wrong in violating Lebanese airspace all 20,864 times. But when a person “pushes back” after they have been “pushed” by an aggressor the conflict usually does not end peacefully.

  5. Thomas the thing is that this conflict has been going on for almost a century now and I am not sure if this drone thing is really a determining factor in making a difficult situation even more difficult anyway i want to thank you for brining this issue up and i am surprised that few students have reacted so far…

  6. I wonder how westerners expect Arabs in general to welcome Israeli drones and even foreign interventions and stay quiet. Why isn’t sending drones to Israel seen as self-defense and a way to defend Lebanon but sending Israeli drones to Lebanon is something normal that we should get used to?

    1. Not Lebanon as in the Lebanese government, but as a Lebanese resistance movement or party. The Lebanese government even declared that it is against sending drones to Israel.

  7. I do not expect anybody to “welcome” any drone into their airspace, however I am steadfast in my opinion that each initial act and rebuttal of aggression pushes the region towards conflict.

    1. Aggression and conflicts will continue as long as Israel is sending its drones. When they give up and leave our countries alone, world peace will occur.

    2. Tom, a rebuttal is the minimum you can expect. Ever since 1948, the Arab region has been drowning in instability. And, the catalyst is obvious. The rebuttals are acts of self-defense. So, I disagree with your argument. I would rephrase it as: each act of Israeli aggression leads the region to conflict. If it weren’t for their ethnic cleansing operations (as Illan Pappe refers to it) we wouldn’t even be discussing this at this point in time. We should stop for a second and look back at the root of the problem before judging the rebuttals which the media strategically focuses on.

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