July 30, 2006
Photos that damn Hezbollah?
Okay, I wake up this morning to the news that the Israeli Military has killed a bunch of civilians hiding in a basement:
QANA, Lebanon (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed 54 civilians, including 37 children, on Sunday, prompting Lebanon to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she was unwelcome in Beirut and fuelling world pressure for a ceasefire.
Then I see Condi Rice spinning the fact that the Prime Minister of Lebanon has canceled talks with her... To hear Condi talk, it was her idea, but no matter...
The next thing I see, is an orgry of justification for the Israeli attack by conservative blogs, based on this:
Graphic images smuggled out from Lebanon show how Hezbollah is waging war amid suburban homes.
I go expecting to see images of Hezbollah terrorist using women and children as shields. Those pictures must have been taken down (sarcasm intended). What I saw was a bunch of pictures of urban street fighters in SURPRISE, an urban environment!
But the line that takes the cake for me in all this, is this one from Wizbang:
"These pictures illustrate what may have happened in the bombing that killed 54 Lebanese civilians. How many of the civilians were actually terrorists? We may never know."
Well... its probably a safe bet that at least 34 of them were not...
I find myself agreeing some with Digger in his post on the subject. I do not sympathize with Hezbollah, and I agree that Lebanon should have evicted the Hezbollah terrorist a LONG time ago. I also agree with Israel's right to defend herself. To suggesst that Israel should just let terrorist sit accross the border and shell their cities would be ridiculous. As Digger says,
"If someone was launching missiles into cities in America I can guarantee you there would be action and while civilian deaths of those who are truly innocent are always a travesty, there's nothing that can be done about it when you allow evil to flourish amongst you with no complaints."
But that does not mean we should not be concerned about the innocents dying in this war. That does not mean we should dismiss the deaths of 34 children as simply collateral damage. It does not mean Israel should be exempt from standards of acceptable warfare. Condi Rice is NO Collin Powell. She seems ill equipted to handle this type of crisis, and there I dissagree with Digger... It IS a crises.
There needs to be an international Peace Keeping Force in Lebanon. Hezbollah MUST be dissarmed. Israel must take more care in determining the legitimacy of targets, and the U.S. must show more leadership in dealing with this issue. At the moment, this conflict is contained. A few more images of mangled children and it may not be...
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July 21, 2006
This needs to stop...
Its campaign has killed at least 312 people in Lebanon, the vast majority civilians, and displaced half a million. Thirty-two Israeli troops and civilians have been killed.
I agree with Israel's right to defend itself, but where does defending itself stop and punishing innocents begin?
July 15, 2006
A Progressive take on Israel...
ISRAEL AND THE BLOGOSPHERE.....Via email, Matt Yglesias suggests that I address the topic of why the liberal blogosphere doesn't write very much about Israel-related subjects. I can only speak for myself, of course, and my own reasons for light blogging on this subject are both predictable and banal. Still, here they are:
But I would add, as long as Israel continues to ignore international law, invade other countries, buldoze houses, and blow the hell out of people and in some cases their families... I have litte interest in their conflict with the Palestinians. Like Drum says, both sides have thier share of extremist...
Palestinians teaching their children to be walking bombs is just sick. Israeli's destroying the houses of "suspected," terrorist is also. And I dont give a rats ass about the Pro Israel bloggers having a go in my comments. I have both Palestinian and Jewish friends, used to make for some interesting dinner conversations...
Jay Tea has a piece on Wizbang supporting the Israeli actions in Lebanon. I respect Jay's opinion, but in this case I think we need to be taking an active role to lower the tensions in region, not spread the military conflict until it becomes an all out regional war. In that case, NO ONE wins.
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