20 July 2006

Regarding Our Dead Neighbors (Updated)

Lenin's Tomb has a link to a video clip of a bomb going off in Beirut. With macabre humor, the post is titled "someone just killed the neighbors". While somewhat jarring, this title is actually very insightful: war generally is not something that happens on some sterilized battlefield away from innocent children and bystanders; rather it's something that happens on the way to the market and in people's kitchens. This being the case, all the patriotic rallying by the so-called "religious" right behind Israel is wrong--perhaps true to some Old Testament sentiments--but wrong all the same. Bombing children will never be justifiable.

P.S. I stand corrected: there is indeed someone from the religious right uncomfortable with the cognitive dissonance produced by the symphony of thumping Bibles and tank shells blowing apart children. I came across the following piece via Cut-to-the-Chase (I never thought I'd be quoting Pat Buchanan!)

Let it be said: Israel has a right to defend herself, a right to counterattack against Hezbollah and Hamas, a right to clean out bases from which Katyusha or Qassam rockets are being fired, and a right to occupy land from which attacks are mounted on her people.

But what Israel is doing is imposing deliberate suffering on civilians, collective punishment on innocent people, to force them to do something they are powerless to do: disarm the gunmen among them. Such a policy violates international law and comports neither with our values nor our interests. It is un-American and un-Christian.

But where are the Christians? Why is Pope Benedict virtually alone among Christian leaders to have spoken out against what is being done to Lebanese Christians and Muslims? When al-Qaeda captured two U.S. soldiers and barbarically butchered them, the U.S. Army did not smash power plants across the Sunni Triangle. Why then is Bush not only silent but openly supportive when Israelis do this?

Democrats attack Bush for crimes of which he is not guilty, including Haditha and Abu Ghraib. Why are they, too, silent when Israel pursues a conscious policy of collective punishment of innocent peoples?

1 comment:

CyberKitten said...

These are truly SAD days we live in. Is it SO difficult to just stop killing people all the time?

Is death the only way to settle our differences? Is this how the world will be until one side develops (and uses) the means to kill us all? Is there NO peace this side of the grave?

Sometimes I am ashamed to be a human being.