July 21, 2006
On Disproportionate Response And Moral EquivalenceTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Wordsmith at Flopping Aces has a good piece with a message for those of you who may be having difficulty understanding the difference between Israel's response to the Islamic terrorists that hold all of Lebanon hostage and who took it upon themselves to drag all of Lebanon into a war that only they - the terrorists, wanted. Although the loss of life in Lebanon and the terrible suffering and destruction being rained down upon them is lamented, the people of Lebanon - as with the Palestinians in Gaza, are learning what happens when you accept terrorists in your midst and elect them to office.
As Flopping Aces points out, "Israel wages war by weighing into consideration, civilian casualties. Their aim is in taking out Hezbollah safehouses and military targets. The aim of Hezbollah and Islamic terrorists is to maximize civilian casualties on both sides. So where is the moral equivalence?" Read more on this here.
Addendum: Reader "Claude" (email address withheld) offered an opinion that is an example of "those of you who may be having difficulty understanding the difference between Israel's response to the Islamic terrorists that hold all of Lebanon hostage and who took it upon themselves to drag all of Lebanon into a war that only they - the terrorists, wanted":
The massive destruction and slaughter occuring in the Lebanon right now is unprovoked and against an unarmed helpless civilian population.I'm afraid I have great difficulty understanding how one can say that years of kidnappings, cross border incursions, and rocket attacks can be called unprovoked, especially after UN 1559. As for Iraq, how it had anything to do with Israel is limited only to one's imagination (emphasis on imagination). As for the bad karma, I agree - but whose is the issue.
Iraq is in a state of civil war because we Americans invaded it for Israel. Israel could not exist with out American patronage. It's an intensely abusive relationship. Israel gets everything, and the US gets nothing in return except for unbelievable liabilities.
Bad, bad karma, my friend.
The time has come for all of us (together) in the West to recognize that we have been in a war against radical Islam and Islamofascism most recently began with America's first violent introduction to militant Islam which came shortly after Khomeini's Islamic Republic was established in 1979, when Islamic extremists seized the U.S. embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
For 444 days, the militants held 52 Americans hostage. After a botched helicopter rescue attempt, America agreed to release nearly $8 billion in Iranian assets to free the hostages. The hostages were returned and America breathed a sigh of relief. Most people felt the nightmare had ended. In fact, it was only beginning.
For now, Israel is fighting the West's cause against radical Islam, and doing so in Lebanon. However, the real target needs to be Iran and Syria.
Posted by Richard at July 21, 2006 10:27 AM
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