Director calls for urgent ceasefire on BBC News

Speaking to the BBC on the 28th July, Caabu Director Chris Doyle

 Firstly expressed concern that the British Prime Minister has still failed to call for the immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon.  Stresses the urgency of an effective ceasefire between Hizbollah and Israel. 

Secondly, states that the more casualties there are on both sides, the harder it will be to procure such a ceasefire. With every casualty sustained on each side, anger and hatred increases, making it more difficult for the right conditions to achieve a sustainable peace.

Thirdly,that this increased anger and frustration and the Israeli attacks, not on Hizbollah targets, but the whole of Lebanon risks the spread of extremism in the region. It was no surprise to find Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the deputy leader of Al Qa'ida, saying that the group would not stand aside. The real danger is that the current situation gives the opportunity to Al Qa'eda to gain another toe-hold in the Middle East alongside Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, the longer this conflict is allowed to continue, support and tolerance of Hizbollah will increase inside Lebanon. This is the sort of fundamentalism that the United States and the United Kingdom needed to look at to bring real peace to the region. Finally, the only way to resolve this once and for all is to resolve the sheer humanitarian necessity. There was a severe crisis in southern Lebanon, where many people remained because they were unable to leave. One reason for this was that after having been urged to depart by the Israeli army, many convoys had been bombed.