Friday, July 28, 2006

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Solve No Evil: Moral Equivalence Perpetuates Violence

The following is a wrap up of recent events which I posted at the Wide Awakes. There's some new material here too, but for anyone who complains about the recycled remainder, I fall on the Doug Patton declaration: "I Don't Care..."

The level of willful self-deception and false moral posturing over the Hezbollah initiated attack on Israel is reaching monumental proportions. All week, I've been adding fresh examples at Mike's America. The following is an amalgam of images and selected text from those posts.

Full size image here.

The human tragedy in Lebanon is a direct result of Hezbollah tactics and strategy. Not only did they precipitate the current conflict by invading Israel, killing three soldiers and kidnapping two others, but they deliberately hide their rocket launchers in civilian areas and conduct their attacks from civilian areas and in close proximity to UN "peacekeepers."

Larger image here.

It's not a new tactic for terrorists as the photo below of Hamas terrorists attacking Israelis while surrounded by children shows:

Meanwhile, even the otherwise worthless United Nations condemned Hezbollah for using Lebanese civilians as human shields. UN High Muckity-Muck Jan Egeland (who referred to America's aid to Tsunami victims as "stingy") Declares that : "Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," he said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."

UN A Victim of It's Own Irrelevance

In the photograph at right, you see the Hezbollah flag flying next to the UN flag at a UN "peacekeeping" post. More sad news from this week marked the death of four UN "peacekeepers" after their position was hit by an Israeli bomb. One of those killed, a Canadian, sent an email just days before describing how Hezbollah fighters were all over his position and Israelis were returning fire, but not "deliberately" targeting the UN forces.

Today, Friday July 28, two weeks after the conflict began, UN Forces were ordered away from the border area. There are many questions one wishes the lamestream media would ask Kofi Annan as he parades around demanding another "cease fire" to replace all the other ceasefires and agreements and "peacekeeping" efforts that have been undertaken for more than 20 years. But two questions cry out more than others: "What "peace" did UN personnel keep as they witnessed Hezbollah preparing to attack Israel? And: "Why did Kofi permit "peacekeepers" to remain in an area where conflict was widespread?"

Full size image here.

As Hezbollah and Hamas continue to violate the basic rules of armed conflict, designed to avoid civilian casualties and provide clear identification of combatants, such as requiring uniforms, many on the left and their lamestream media allies continue to push the moral equivalence siren song that sees no right or wrong, no black or white; only shades of gray.

Such an outlook can only encourage future conflict by allowing particularly vile terrorist groups and states from avoiding any accountability.

Charles Krauthammer with his usual brilliance and clarity describes the situation this way:

What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its cities, every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians, and is then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral civilian death and suffering?....

When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one has every right, legal and moral, to carry the fight until the aggressor is disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again. ....

Israel's response to Hezbollah has been to use the most precise weaponry and targeting it can. It has no interest, no desire to kill Lebanese civilians. Does anyone imagine that it could not have leveled south Lebanon, to say nothing of Beirut? Instead, in the bitter fight against Hezbollah in south Lebanon, it has repeatedly dropped leaflets, issued warnings, sent messages by radio and even phone text to Lebanese villagers to evacuate so that they would not be harmed.

Israel has the military capability to level nearly all of Lebanon in a few days. Yet, the restraint they have shown is condemned nearly without exception.

Who Are These Hezboos anyway?

Pat Buchanan said recently that the United States has no reason to support Israel and it's fight with Hezbollah. Michelle Malkin has a video with Pat declaring ""You don't go after people unless they come after you..."

Well, Hezbollah has come after us. And here are 289 reasons why this is also America's fight with terrorists:

  • 17 Americans killed April 18, 1983 Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut

  • 241 Americans killed Oct. 23, 1983 Bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut

  • 1 American killed March 16, 1984 CIA Station Chief William Buckley Beirut

  • 2 Americans killed Sept. 20, 1984 Bombing of U.S. Embassy annex northeast of Beirut

  • 2 Americans killed Dec. 3, 1984 Hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221

  • 1 American killed June 14, 1985 Hijacking of TWA Flight 847, Beirut

  • 1 American killed February 17, 1988 Col Rich Higgins kidnapped.

  • 5 Americans killed November 13, 1995 Bombing Saudi National Guard Building, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • 19 Americans killed June 25, 1996 Khobar Towers US Air Force Housing

Justice for these dead Americans has been long denied. Mostly by the same kind of foolish moral equivalence that confuses victims with aggressors. Again,that's the same thinking that just invites more terror, more violence, and the deaths of more innocents.

Now, I can already sense the terror enablers, apologists and moral know-nothings bristling that if we only abandoned Israel to it's fate (certain destruction and the deaths of millions throughout the region) that we, the United States would not be in this predicament.

Well, we had the sad news this week of a Buddhist teacher in Thailand murdered in front of the students at his school by Islamic fanatics. His crime? Teaching something other than the approved ideology of Islamic hate. No connection to Israel in this attack, or the 1,300 deaths in Thailand at the hands of extremists.

Sadly, these attacks unlinked in any way to support for Israel are all too common. This week we also learned that Miss Indonesia was under threat from Indonesian Islamic fanatics after she participated in the swimsuit competition in the Miss Universe pageant.

She didn't win the title and I'm not sure she would have fared any better in the competition, or safety from extremist had she been attired with the Muslim approved swimwear pictured above.

Bring Back the Good Old Days?

John Kerry, the failed Presidential candidate who also served four months in Vietnam got into the act of blaming President Bush for the whole mess in the Middle East. "This wouldn't be happening if I were President" he told a crowd at Honest John's Bar and Grill (Honest Johns???HA!). He's probably right, Israel would have been destroyed by now.

But the current difficulties do bring nostalgic thoughts to the minds of Democrats who remember just how well Clinton faced up to the painful reality of the Middle East.

The Four Monkeys of the Clinton Team. Here no evil, speak no evil, see no evil, stuff your socks with classified docs.

Yes, there is nostalgia for the days when Clinton invited PLO terrorist in chief Yasser Arafat to the White House more than any other foreign "leader" and tried to broker a deal offering him more than any previous agreement only to have Arafat reject it and turn again to the wanton death of innocent Israelis at the hands of mass murdering terrorist bombers.

By now, it should be abundantly clear to all but the willfully ignorant, that refusing to see that one side is wrong and one side is right in this ongoing conflict has been a monumental failure with ever greater violence as the result.

Let's give peace a chance for a change and root for the side with right on their side: ISRAEL!

We make war that we may live in peace.


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