It pains me to watch the slanted media coverage of israel’s attempts to defend itself.
If mexico harbored alqeida terrorists who crossed into texas, killed 8 us soldiers and then kidnapped two, the US would respond *strongly*. If that group then fired 700 missiles into texas killing 11 us civilians, what would be our reaction?
The nytimes headlines “israel exapnds conflict”. The wsj headlines “israel slashes lebanon supply routes”. One might think this is just a two sided conflict between neighbors who can’t get along, or worse, that israel is the aggressor.
How is it that we completely lose our global and moral perspectives whenever we deal with the israeli arab wars? The arabs sure don’t. Its continually reported that hezbollah and the palestinians are backed by iran and are taking this oppty to attack israel and expand the conflict with its ally america.
First the moral front, hezbollah is acknowledged to be a terrorist group, backed by iran. They are targeting as many cinvilians as they can kill. They are firing missiles reportedly provided by iran from cinvilian homes in southern lebanon.
Israel is reposnding with attempts to bomb those homes as well as bridges and other resupply routes. Nobody argues that israel is after military and not civilian targets.
Question: why hasn’t the UN ever condemned terrorist attacks against israeli civilians? Maybe because its full of arab countries then europeans who want to do business with those same arabs?
Globally, we can choose to not support israel’s right to defend itself. This would be similar to our decision not to join england prior to wwII. However, israel represents a lower risk way for us to fight iran and its drive to spread radical islam without actual engagement. Again similar to our moves to help arm england to fight the germans.
I guess it would just be refreshing to see the media and analysts say what’s really going on. Israel is a democtratically run country that pursues the same peace and prosperity we do. Unlike us they have neighbors with the stated mission of destroying them. Imagine saudi arabia, iran and lybia as our neighbors.
The palestinian refugees have been an effective pawn for arab countries to use to find a moral high ground after losing three consecutive wars and realizing the military route wouldn’t work. These people were expelled from jordan by king hussein following its loss in the six day war of 1968. The king was worried that the palestinians who outnumbered jordanians might take power.
imagine if the millions of mexicans entering the US actually weren’t just coming here to be citizens and pursue our american dream. What if their intent was to create their own islamic state and drive us out? That would sure change the debate from mayors complaining about social services and jobs.
All I ask is that you seek out all the facts before forming opinions. Read past the headline and photo. Usually by page 14 the nytimes or sf chronicle will provide you with the complete facts.
Like when israel supposedly killed 100’s in the town of jenin. That was the chron’s headline. Page 14 told you that there were two hamas *freedom fighters* confirmed dead but no others.
Like us, israel has killed civilians by accident. And like us they have never had a motive to do this. Every civilian death increases the moral outcry against them. This doesn’t help them achieve their goal of safe borders.
But I think we all know this. The sooner we get past this noise and start addressing the real hard cold facts of our current global conflict with radical islam the better.
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