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August 11, 2006

Parker column on Hezbollah

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.

Tony Gardner
Kansas City

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?

Charles Wilson
Lee’s Summit

Comments

big dreamer

sorry about the multiple posts :(

big dreamer

Charles,

It is hard to attack a "military" that hides behind women and children like the cowards they really are. That is why Israel is doing what it is doing. Keep in mind to the documented fact that Israel has been droping leaflets in Arabic in all the cities it has intended as targets URGING the citizens to leave. Giving them plenty of warning. In a war, this is not necessary but they want to minimize the civilian casualties. This then begs two questions:

1. What kind of parent(s) do not remove themselves and/or their children from an area known to be a target of bombing?

2. What "military" hides beind a human wall of innocent women and children?

Also, please do not forget that Hezbollah and Hamas both "lob" rockets into Israel at regular intervals. Sometimes as many as 170 to 300 a DAY! The rockets are UNGUIDED! They can not guarentee their target. They launch them and then pray to Allah that it kills "the Infidel" (loose translation, any Israeli regardless of age). These have killed numerous civilians, destroyed civilian infrastructure, and even killed kids who were playing in the street. Yet, you don't hear people whining about those deaths. Why not?

War is ugly and usually unnecessary. However, it is like with animals, if you stir the pot to much, you are liable to get bitten!

big dreamer

Charles,

It is hard to attack a "military" that hides behind women and children like the cowards they really are. That is why Israel is doing what it is doing. Keep in mind to the documented fact that Israel has been droping leaflets in Arabic in all the cities it has intended as targets URGING the citizens to leave. Giving them plenty of warning. In a war, this is not necessary but they want to minimize the civilian casualties. This then begs two questions:

1. What kind of parent(s) do not remove themselves and/or their children from an area known to be a target of bombing?

2. What "military" hides beind a human wall of innocent women and children?

Also, please do not forget that Hezbollah and Hamas both "lob" rockets into Israel at regular intervals. Sometimes as many as 170 to 300 a DAY! The rockets are UNGUIDED! They can not guarentee their target. They launch them and then pray to Allah that it kills "the Infidel" (loose translation, any Israeli regardless of age). These have killed numerous civilians, destroyed civilian infrastructure, and even killed kids who were playing in the street. Yet, you don't hear people whining about those deaths. Why not?

War is ugly and usually unnecessary. However, it is like with animals, if you stir the pot to much, you are liable to get bitten!

big dreamer

Charles,

It is hard to attack a "military" that hides behind women and children like the cowards they really are. That is why Israel is doing what it is doing. Keep in mind to the documented fact that Israel has been droping leaflets in Arabic in all the cities it has intended as targets URGING the citizens to leave. Giving them plenty of warning. In a war, this is not necessary but they want to minimize the civilian casualties. This then begs two questions:

1. What kind of parent(s) do not remove themselves and/or their children from an area known to be a target of bombing?

2. What "military" hides beind a human wall of innocent women and children?

Also, please do not forget that Hezbollah and Hamas both "lob" rockets into Israel at regular intervals. Sometimes as many as 170 to 300 a DAY! The rockets are UNGUIDED! They can not guarentee their target. They launch them and then pray to Allah that it kills "the Infidel" (loose translation, any Israeli regardless of age). These have killed numerous civilians, destroyed civilian infrastructure, and even killed kids who were playing in the street. Yet, you don't hear people whining about those deaths. Why not?

War is ugly and usually unnecessary. However, it is like with animals, if you stir the pot to much, you are liable to get bitten!

 
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