In performing her “small stretch of free association” on Monday (8/7, Opinion), Kathleen Parker falls flat on her face. Her clumsy attempt to link Susan Smith and the Qana airstrike controversy was sophomoric and stupid.
She spent six paragraphs using these allusions to finally come to her conclusion: that Israel has no culpability for the 37 Lebanese children killed by their airstrike. She blames Hezbollah instead. She also insinuates that the civilians are responsible for the deaths for allowing Hezbollah to operate in their midst and for not heeding the warning of leaflets dropped by Israel prior to the bombs.
In a more complex view, there’s plenty of blame to go around. But Parker’s simple-minded brushoff of 37 dead kids is abhorrent. The rhetoric of Parker and her war-loving minions is also emblematic of why the world is turning against us. And how, as these Middle East wars rage out of control, our own children are becoming targets.
Kathleen Parker’s column blaming Hezbollah for civilian deaths at the hands of the Israeli military would have us believe black is white, up is down, etc. The world is right to condemn Israel for its careless bombing of civilians in Lebanon, which is akin to swatting at bees with a hammer in someone else’s china closet!
The bottom line is that Israel, just like Hezbollah, would rather sacrifice Lebanese civilians rather than its precious soldiers. The world’s condemnation of Israel is because its attacks are totally disproportionate to the crimes committed by Hezbollah.
Let’s back up and remember that although Hezbollah began this conflict, it started it by attacking Israel’s military, not civilian targets. So the legitimate question is why didn’t Israel respond in kind rather than bombing civilian areas and engaging in collective punishment of the Lebanese people?
Could it be that Israel doesn’t consider peace in the Middle East in its best long-term interest? Could it be the Bush administration agrees with them?