All decent people will condemn the loss of innocent life and I do so here. Furthermore, there can be no justice in the kind of war that is happening now in the mid East (in Lebanon, Gaza and Iraq).
Israel's prime minister on Sunday threatened "far-reaching consequences" for a Hezbollah rocket attack on the Israeli city of Haifa that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 others wounded. The attack raised the death toll in Israel to more than 20, while more than 100 people have died in Lebanon in Israeli strikes. (emphasis added)The wholesale destruction of civilian targets in Beirut is an escalation that has been implicitly condoned by President Bush in that he, in a strange twist of logic, "backs Israel's right to defend itself." Since when has "defending yourself" given you the right to wholesale destruction of innocent civilians?
"The international community must address the root causes" of the violence taking place in the Mideast, Bush said.The root causes of the violence? How damn stupid can you get? This shows his C-minus mentality. He shows absolutely no grasp of the situation and its history. Why, why did the American people elect this man?
"This started because Hezbollah decided to capture two Israeli soldiers and fire hundreds of rockets into Israel from southern Lebanon," Bush said. "That's the cause of the crisis." (emphasis added)
Let me be very clear about this. I am not condemning Israel because it is a Jewish State. I am condemning Israel because it has received the power to kill vast numbers of people, mostly from the United States (my tax dollars, by the way), and they have not shown wisdom or justice in deploying this power. There can be few good consequences following on the path they are pursuing.