Thursday, August 03, 2006
Where's the outcry against Hezbollah?
A lot of anxious and angry screeds -- some in comments at this blog -- have been launched against the Israeli attacks on civilian centers in Lebanon. They've been called "barbaric," "murderous," "savage" and -- when the speaker is being kind -- "disproportionate." These screamers cut no quarter to Israel in their remarks. I have heard no thoughtful pundit, blogger, commentator or columnist be sanguine or celebratory about the loss of civilian lives in Lebanon, although many acknowledge they are unfortunately in the line of fire because Hezbollah has hidden among them. In short, nobody is celebrating innocent civilians' deaths in Lebanon, and most would prefer it stopped completely.
On Wednesday, Hezbollah launched a record 230 rockets into Israel, most without any guidance. The intent is to terrorize and kill anyone -- including civilians -- who might be within a shrapnel's throw of wherever it lands. And today, more than 200 Hezbollah rockets have killed eight Israeli civilians. But where are those highly exercised folks who declare Israel "barbaric" or "murderous" for killing innocents in Lebanon? Why aren't they being equally vicious in decrying Hezbollah's deadly and purposeful attacks on Israel's civilians?
If you literally scream bloody murder about the death of Lebanese civilians in this war, you must also scream bloody murder about the death of Israeli civilians. While the death toll in Lebanon is now higher than in Israel, I refuse to believe the life (and death) of one Israeli is somehow less important than the life (and death) of one Lebanese, and it would take a truly withered partisan heart to even suggest it.