Members of Hezbollah crossed a border they dispute. That creates a challenge. That action provided an excuse for Israel to do what it sought to do for some time. Israel’s response is obscenely and criminally out of proportion to the provocation. The U.S. sits and watches its proxy battle Iran’s proxy in this first round. Condi Rice is busy buying shoes while babies die. Israel may now have created its own Vietnam/Iraq. Israel is reading from the failed American play book and uniting its many enemies and dividing its few allies. Both America and Israel have lost the moral high ground as they have descended into the swamp.
When a person sees no hope in life, he often does one of three things: he 1) kills others, 2) kills himself, or 3) kills others and then kills himself. There is no hope for many in the Mideast today. Their reaction to their plight is logical and predictable. America and Israel must deliver hope not ordinance. The behavior in the Mideast is a corollary of the “flight or fight” response experienced by all threatened animals. If they cannot flee, they will fight. There is no place to run. Any time you have someone cornered, you are caught in the same corner. Few acknowledge that the chemical components in the tears of a Lebanese mother and an Iraqi mother and a Palestinian mother and an Israeli mother and an American mother are identical. Hydrogen 2, Oxygen 1, Grief 10. There is at least one seven year old boy who will survive the killing and dedicate his life to seeking revenge at any cost. Events are quickly overcoming everyone.
(On July 19, Bush vetoed the stem cell research bill that would have allowed surplus embryos from fertility clinics to be used for scientific research rather than tossed in the rubbish can. Bush used his first veto to deprive others of hope. The “pro-life” president vetoed life for many of the living.)
(July 23 is the four year anniversary of the meeting reflected in the document described as the “Downing Street Minutes/Memo.” The document exposes the lies and self-deception underpinning America’s invasion of Iraq. See www.afterdowningstreet.org.)