Saturday, July 15, 2006


Israeli murder and the moronic response

Carange courtesy of the Israelis I don't tend to comment on issues that affect the Middle-East mainly because I have little interest in doing so. The region has always struck me as a part of the world that is more concerned with the 'eye for an eye' mentality than actually attaining some semblance of stability.

Still, the present situation there is very worrying indeed and I felt I ought to share my thoughts.

I think the actions of the Israelis have been totally abhorrent and unacceptable. The BBC report that they have murdered at least 17 Lebanese civilians who were fleeing southern border areas.

Women and children were among those killed when the convoy was hit. "Bodies litter the road," an eyewitness said.

I felt Russian President Vladimir Putin summed things up well at the G8 summit - unlike Bush - when he said Israel's concerns for its soldiers seized by Hezbollah militants were legitimate but that "recourse to force must be balanced and it must be stopped as soon as possible".

"Escalating violence will not bring any positive result," he added.

Another thing that has bothered me has been the sorry response to this issue by other political blogs. Some bloggers are so obsessed with siding with one particular side that they are blind to the grave realities of the situation.

Apparently Israel are allowed to get away with murdering innocent women and children because the "other side" are wrong.

I've always felt if you're willing to sacrifice integrity and morals just to defend you position, then your position itself has become indefensible.

It reminds me of a quote by US comedian Chris Rock when commenting on how in America, people seem more focused on defending their liberal or conservative positions than the actual issues:

"If you're willing to make your mind up on an issue without listening to the detail, you're a fucking moron."

Sadly it seems there are a lot of fucking morons in the blogosphere right now.

Israel have murdered innocent civilians. This cannot be justified and it must stop immediately. Case. Fucking. Closed.


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