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Monday, July 31, 2006

Who Are We to Judge?

Well, it's been a long time since I've written. But recent world events have pushed me to want to write again.

All day today I've been listening to NPR and keeping up with the situation going on in Israel and Lebanon. It's awful. Israel promised a 48 hour cease of air strikes, but broke that promise after Hezbollah rockets hit an Israeli tank. Add up that incident with the air strike on the town of Qana, which killed around 60 Lebanese civilians including 34 children, and all I can see for the future of these two countries is no end to these mindless hostilities.

This war has seen more dead on the Lebanese side than the Israeli. I don't understand why President Bush, with that information, keeps insisting on saying that Israel has a right to defend itself. If you ask me, Israel is doing a pretty good job of defending itself against the civilians of Lebanon, who have done nothing to Israel. In the world of fairness and equality, Bush should be calling on Israel to stop the air strikes and work towards a cease-fire. But that world doesn't exist.

If you haven't read any of Baghdad Burning's latest posts, you need to. She's most recently written on the Qana bombing and what she has to say about it is powerful. I'm ashamed of my government's reaction to this, well, massacre. Towards the end of the Qana post, River writes "Is this whole debacle the fine line between terrorism and protecting ones nation? If it’s a militia, insurgent or military resistance- then it’s terrorism (unless of course the militia, insurgent(s) and/or resistance are being funded exclusively by the CIA). If it’s the Israeli, American or British army, then it’s a pre-emptive strike, or a ‘war on terror’. No matter the loss of hundreds of innocent lives. No matter the children who died last night- they’re only Arabs, after all, right?"

And, unfortunately, she's right. As long as the country "defending" itself is fighting against "terrorists", it doesn't matter who dies. It's all for the common good, right?

Remember the innocents who died in the Qana air strike and pray that this war will end before more civilians are killed. Also pray for the citizens of Iraq who are caught in the conflict that the U.S. started.

Joshua