We are in the second day of a ceasefire between Israel and the Hezbollah, but since the crisis began, I’ve been pissed off at Israel and Prime Minister Harper’s unequivocal support of Israel. Now make no mistake: I am NOT saying that Canada’s official line should have been to support the terrorist organization. What really bugs me, though, is how it has become difficult, if not impossible, to oppose specific actions by the State of Israel for fear of being dubbed anti-Semite and pro-terrorism.

You may recall that I had a problem with mice (possibly baby rats) a few years ago in my apartment upstairs. The thing is, I don’t think the idea of attacking them with fire would have gone down very well because I would have risked burning down the whole damn building at the same time. And if I had, I don’t think I would have had much sympathy if I had argued that the rats had infiltrated the building in a manner that they were using the walls and the residents behind those walls as human shields.

Yet that’s essentially the line Israel is taking after killing a bunch of innocent Lebanese civilians: blaming Hezbollah for infiltrating itself in Lebanon in a manner that uses said civilians as human shields. How dim must Israel’s leaders be not to anticipate the consequences of their actions? It seems to me that it stands to reason that the surviving, suffering and displaced civilians who may have been relatively neutral prior to the attacks are likely to become radicalized and full supporters of Hezbollah. So if that’s the case — if Israel didn’t have a beef with those Lebanese civilians — shouldn’t they have tried a little harder to find a better way of getting at their intended target?

Yes, six million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s, and that was just the culmination of centuries of ill treatment of the Jewish people worldwide. Yes, Israel is a state whose existence, to put it mildly, vexes several neighbouring nations. But the carnage and killing of hundreds of Lebanese civilians that Israel has done in the last month has done far more harm than good to the defense of its cause.

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  1. It simply amazes me that anyone can possibly reason killing civilians is going to accomplish a political goal. Combine that with the comments of our various leaders and one does not need to wonder why many in the world think “we” hate them. I certainly get that impression from the Bush administration’s statements.

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