Between my Sunday chores, I’m watching Fox, MSNBC, CNN (briefly), and C-SPAN… but you don’t need me to tell you what’s being said and shown there. Instead, I’ll just point out a few bloggers who are living amongst or near the conflict(s).
No matter how angry the anti-Syrian forces in Lebanon get, they would never attack their Arab neighbor – they’re not even armed, and couldn’t if they wanted to. Anti-Israeli forces don’t even see Israel as a neighbor, and don’t affiord it any respect, even that of an adversary. They hate Israel so much that they are willing to destroy themselves because of this hatred. Unfortunately, they also don’t care if they destroy everyone else. Hizbullah’s like the ghost girl from The Ring – it never forgives, it never sleeps, and it destroys indescriminately.
Lebanese Political Journal
One of the authors here hits home with this (with my highlights):
Hezbollah learned from the United States. Ask Victor Davis Hansen or Mark Steyn. They’ll tell you that the US should have never backed down when proto-Hezbollah destroyed the US Embassy. The US shouldn’t have backed down after the Marine Corps barracks were destroyed. I agree with them. You shouldn’t have. We wouldn’t have all the problems with them today if they hadn’t learned from you that their system works. They couldn’t do any of this if you weren’t bending over backwards to appease the Syrians and cuddle with the Iranians.
Nothing going on today started last night. The world is paying the price for decades (perhaps centuries) of ugly, stupid people doing ugly, stupid things over land and power. We can only hope to have the intestinal fortitude to stay the course and help this region of the world evolve and join the 21st century.
Does that statement mean I approve of the killing of “innocent” Lebanese (or Palestinian, or Iraqi, etc.?) civilians? Most certainly not. I would suggest, however, that anyone living with or among the jihadists/terrorists/”militants” are not innocent, and (according to the recent SCOTUS ruling, apparently) not civilians. They’re support troops. They’re human shields. They’re enablers.
Writing this, I’m reminded of this older post.