Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Israel, Hezbollah and Me

Most Americans have watched the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas - two soldiers kidnapped in a Hamas led incursion into Israeli territory - and between Israel and Hezbollah - another two soldiers kidnapped in a Hezbollah led incursion into Israeli territory. These were acts of aggression against a neighboring country, a mini invasion of sorts, which have led Israel to defend itself. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are at least placing the blame in the right place this time. As is Lebanon, although perhaps a bit too late.

Michelle Malkin expressed it best:

Sheeple thought of the day: "Hezbollah is not my problem."
As she very well explains at her site and her column, it is our problem and we should all be worried. After all Hezbollah is here in the U.S.A. They have supporters here who have been demonstrating at San Francisco and NY. And no, I'm not talking about Lebanese nationals protesting in front of the Israeli embassy - that would be understandable. I'm talking about a show of support for a terrorist group such as Hezbollah.

But maybe some of you do not know who Hezbollah is. This should tell you all you need to know, including the numbers of Americans soldiers and Argentinean civilians killed by this group during the 90's. I understand that Lebanese nationals and civilians are not responsible for the attack, but the Lebanese government is responsible for not disarming a radical terrorist group and categorizing it under "national resistance". The Lebanese government is responsible for allowing Hezbollah into the political arena and into the government - out of fear.

However there are some Lebanese who support Isreal actions. Most prominent is Brigitte Gabriel who states:

As sad as I feel watching what is happening in Lebanon, it is absolutely necessary to support Israel to kill the cancer that has spread and is killing the Lebanese body. Israel is not targeting civilians. Israel is targeting terrorists. Israel has launched 3000 air strikes on Lebanon since the beginning of the Operation and inflicted only 122 casualties. If Israel's intention was to kill civilians you would have seen many more civilian deaths than only 122. They are being extremely careful, even dropping flyers and urging civilians to leave before they bomb. These casualties are terrorists and terrorist families and sympathizers.

Few of you know I am married to a Jew, and my mother in law is a member of the International Zionist Organization at her home country. Needless to say they are currently being threatened and under siege - my own family's lives being threatened. Hezbollah and Hamas members have already demonstrated in front of her office and in front of the Israeli embassy. Again these are not Lebanese nationals protesting; these are terrorists organizations whose main goal is the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of Jews. Sort of the second coming of Hitler.

And to add insult to injury, Debbie Schlussel reports that most American in Lebanon being evacuated are Hezbollah supporters...and their evacuations are being funded by our tax money. If this is true, I would leave any Hezbollah supporter in Lebanon.

Radical Muslims denounce genocide, but what the heck is it to want to kill an entire group based solely on their religion? Isn't that somewhat hypocritical? But what can we expect, when these radical groups are going to the extent of subtly altering the text in the Quoran to fit their agenda (click on the Launch icon to the right of the story to watch the video); to fit the beliefs they profess and even worse - to give them a holy blessing. I mean, what Jew wouldn't follow the word of the Torah? What Christian wouldn't follow the Bible?

Am I pro-Israel? Funny you should ask. Yes I am, have always been and always will be. I believe Israel has a right to exist. I believe Palestine has a right to exist. And I believe they should all exist peacefully. But who are we kidding, when this conflict has been going on for centuries and will only end when the world ends. For an Egyptian perspective, and a great roundup of blogs on this conflict go to Big Pharaoh.

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