and 'Moral Equivalence'
Raimondo suggests that "Middle Eastern morality" justifies disproportionate
force. What about our killing of 1.7 million innocent Iraqis? Iraq has
never done anything at all to the USA. Even with our presumably superior "Western
morality," we managed to outdo all the nations in the Middle East in terms of
disproportionate (0:1.7 million) violence!
~ Cheryl Hutchinson
want proof that the "Yesha Rabbinical Council" is "fairly representative
of Israeli opinion." That is sloppy journalism. Where is the citation? Where
did the "announcement" appear? Who are they?
This is the second
site that has quoted this mysterious group. I believe that it is propaganda
and that this group does not exist. Judaism does not condone murder of innocent
civilians, only self-defense against attack.
If you spread
the "doctrine" of the "Yesha Rabbinical Council" – perhaps
another name for the Elders of Zion? – you are putting Jewish residents
around the world at risk of attacks by vengeful racists.
Otherwise, the source is worthless and so is your column.
announcement appeared on three very pro-Israeli government Web sites, the Jerusalem
Rabbis Call for 'Extermination of the Enemy'"), Arutz Sheva ("Yesha
Rabbis: 'Fight the True Enemy'"), and Ynet News ("Yesha
Rabbinical Council: During Time of War, Enemy has No Innocents"). I really
doubt that these three Israeli news sites are promoting such disinformation.
As a Jew, I am also shocked that a religious organization would make any such
statement. But, to my dismay, I have seen similar statements on CNN in recent
days by other Israel-based religious groups.
Myths That Sanction Israel's War Crimes
Do you have any
evidence that anyone in the Mideast would like to accept Israel's existence?
Apart from working
hard to create a thriving livelihood for themselves, Israel from day one has
attempted to form friendly alliances, exporting agricultural expertise to Third
World countries, etc.
I have a hard
time understanding why you or anyone looking at the history of the Middle East
can't see that the Arab countries truly are intractable. They despise Jews,
and Western civilization. But mainly they focus on Israel. Why? Is it because
Israel represents the success and prosperity of the West? Is it because Jews
represent a combination of worldliness and otherworldliness that offends them
for some reason? Is it because they have some kind of control-freak desire to
rule the whole Middle East? Do they want to rule the whole world?
You can complain
about Israel defending itself all day, but in the end, take a look at what's
brewing between Iran, Syria, and Russia. Think about the geopolitical situation.
Take off the blinders. This is not about the "media" ignoring Israel's wrongdoing.
I'm the last person
who wants to pick up guns and go try to kill people and risk getting injured
or killed myself.
In the end, though,
you really have to think about your self-interest. Is it in your interest for
the Arabs, Iranians, and Russians to increase their power? Do they stand for
enlightened ideals like you do?
Who are you helping
by carping about Israel?
glad that Jim is so sure his ideals are better than those of Arabs, Iranians,
and Russians. Are they better than those of black people too, or is that kind
of racism too overt for him? We used to hear this language used against Jews;
now we hear Israel's apologists using it against Arabs. One of the few universals
I can see in human nature is the desire to believe other people are inferior
to "us." In Jim's case, that's just because Arabs and the rest cannot be successful
like we are in the West (and Israel). Centuries of exploitation and continuing
colonial interference, of course, have nothing to do with it. For Jim, there
is no need to correct the legacies of injustice and abuse. Party on, Jim, at
other (Third World) people's expense, but don't come crying to me if the firecrackers
blow up in your face.
Do They Hate Us? Listen to Qana (Again)
kind of Army sets up camp in harm's way of children and civilians? Israel's
targets are missile launchers. Israel told that area five days earlier to evacuate.
~ Peter Jafelice
is a very typically racist view of the war, the arguments premised on the same
set of double standards that inform most Western media coverage. Israel has
placed most of its military bases in the Galilee close to inhabited areas. In
Nazareth, for example, we are squeezed between two military installations. Does
that make us human shields, and therefore legitimate targets for Hezbollah rockets?
Furthermore, the leafleting of south Lebanon by the Israeli air force telling
civilians to leave does not legitimize Israel's targeting of civilian areas.
If this were the case, Hezbollah could rightfully claim that it is not responsible
for killing Israeli civilians in Haifa, for example, with its rockets because
its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, warned them in several speeches that he would
hit Haifa several days before he in fact did so. On this logic, Haifa's residents
should have left when warned, and are responsible for their own deaths.
Moral Culpability for Qana
a Korean War veteran who cast his first ballot for Adlai Stevenson and has rarely
voted for any Republican for any office, I salute Pat Buchanan for his incisive
analysis of our government's grossly immoral and stupid warmongering in Lebanon
and the rest of the "New Middle East." I hope that more decent Americans will
be encouraged to ignore accusations of "anti-Semitism" and to condemn mass murder
(unjust war) whenever it occurs, regardless of who happens to be doing the killing.
I also hope that our mass media will begin to do a better job of evenhandedly
asking Israeli spokespersons some obvious questions, such as: "If the IDF never
targets civilians, how did it happen that Israeli missiles recently punched
holes precisely in the center of the red crosses painted on the tops of two
Red Cross ambulances?" Or, "Kindly explain the IDF's repeated bombing of Beirut
~ Richard Young,
the end of an article on Qana and at the end of Raimondo's editorial in which
funds are also requested for the next season, the curious remark (in red) "Digg
this" appears. I haven't typed on it of course. It seems odd.
~ Dianne Foster
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have seen various reports that suggest the numbers given of dead troops in Iraq
and Afghanistan are not accurate because they do not count those who are air-vaced
out and later die in hospital. The same articles suggest that we are given the
number of only those who die on Iraqi soil. Is this in fact true?
It is not true.
There have been over a hundred such deaths reported. Just look through this
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