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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The wages of war is death
It's easy to lose sight of events in the larger world when you have ringside seats to The Georgia Democratic Primary, also known as the biggest and bloodiest political donnybrook this party has seen in years. But the war of ideas, insults, and cheap tricks that masqueraded as our primary election pales in comparison with the war of Katyusha rockets and laser guided bombs being waged by Israel and Hezbollah.
It is an abomination unto the ideal of rightness to presume that Israel somehow has the moral high ground in this conflict. Israel, Hezbollah, Hamas, and all their comrades in arms have the stricken blood of innocents on their hands. More pragmatically, what does Israel believe the long-term effects of leveling apartment buildings and shredding the limbs of innocent civilians will be? Every member of Hezbollah they kill will be replaced by a mother or brother or father of an innocent person the Israeli military has seen fit to execute in the ostensible interest of exterminating terrorists.
This is not at all to side with the murderous, vindictive subhumans firing rockets at random into Israel , paid for by Syria and Iran. Hassan Nasrallah apologizing for the children killed by one of Hezbollah's rocket attacks - “some events like that happen”, he said – is like the Serpent apologizing to Eve for tricking her into eating of the tree of life. These animals have as little honor and decency as any Israeli soldier.
The vendetta Israel is pursuing against Hezbollah is a textbook example of how truly awful war can be. It's one thing when war is your guys with guns and tanks and bomber aircraft versus the other guy with Soviet-era rockets, assault rifles, and improvised explosives, and they kill and maim each other. What we're seeing in Lebanon, however, is a lot of sublimated anger against civilians, UN observers, and the infrastructure of a nation that just wants to be left alone. Hezbollah's idea of getting back at the Israeli pilots bombing Lebanon into oblivion is apparently to high-five each other when one of their rockets kills a teenage girl who never did a damn thing to them. Who with a single shred of human nobility in their soul could look on this orgy of destruction and killing and say that either side is right?
Know what's most sickening about all this? Seeing Condoleezza Rice and some Arab leaders smiling and shaking hands over an expensive wooden table, and Ehud Olmert bleating his tired rhetoric from the safety of some Israeli parliament building, and Kofi Annan wringing his hands over whether or not Israel intentionally destroyed a UN observation post (give me a break). All this while two countries, two nations of human beings like you and I, duke it out over who gets to ride in front on the down escalator to Hell. I have a feeling I'm going to be seeing some familiar faces there.