God's War

I typically leave the politics to those like Norm Jenson, who does an excellent job of representing my viewpoint. Usually. But when I saw that a pro-Israel site is sending people out to blanket comment at weblogs critical of the country, including Norm’s, I wanted to send a little well wishing of my own.

I liked what Tim Bray had to say on the situation in Lebanon:

Directing military force in such a way that it kills hundreds of civilians is unacceptable behavior, and any group, tribe, or nation that does so loses all moral standing. Those who are defending this behavior need to have a close look at the axioms and arguments that lead them to such a deeply broken conclusion.

No one is denying Israel’s right to protect itself, but at what number of bodies piled up will Israel finally feel safe? Considering the country’s actions, it can never feel safe; it’s now perpetuating its own fear.

It’s equally devastating to hear of the attack on the Synagog in Seattle, or the continuing killing in Iraq. I get so tired of the religious killing others in the name of their faith. Where are the moderates, to bring thought to the thoughtless; to restrain the rabid? Jew, Muslim, Christian: Abraham is ashamed of you all equally.

I know people of faith who are good people. It’s sad that they’re not the ones making the news.

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6 Responses to God's War

  1. Arthur says:

    While I generally stay clear from political debates, this week’s newsitem about US bombs being transported to Israel via Great Britain was my final straw.

  2. Doug says:

    I dunno, Shelley.

    Bray said, “Directing military force in such a way that it kills hundreds of civilians is unacceptable behavior, and any group, tribe, or nation that does so loses all moral standing.” Hmmm. One week from today is August 6th.

    Besides, it looks like much of modern warfare is being conducted by civilians, at least on one side. What percentage of Al Qa’eda wear military uniforms?

    War is an abomination. Period. Unfortunately, sometimes it is necessary. Whether the current Israeli war is a necessary one or not, I’m not in a position to say.

  3. Nickie says:

    “I know people of faith who are good people. It’s sad that they’re not the ones making the news.” I totally agree with you. Unfortunately, the more those who perpetuate the stereotypes of people of faith doing stupid, hurtful and distructive things are covered in any type of media, the more people are misled to do those same things. Admittedly, I’ve only had two years of high school journalism, but it seems to me that this debate of how much to cover has gone on for years and no one has come up with the perfect answer.

  4. Seth Russell says:

    At what number of bodies indeed! These sides have locked themselves in a grizzly pact from which neither can emerge with a win, yet neither can back down. But where they are going there is no safety for Israel and no Palestine for Hezbollah. I don’t think either knew that when they started. There is no glory in this war, there are not winners, there is only death. People, people, people … step back from the precipice and take a breath of life !!

  5. Part of Doug’s confusion, I think, comes from the fact that history is written by the winners, and somehow the atomic atrocities of 1945 have been accepted as having been necessary in some kind of bizarre geopolitical algebra of fear. The global cancer epidemic that followed years of atmospheric testing, the perversion of a generation of school children taught to “duck and cover” when we should have been taught “duck and cover and kiss your ass goodbye,” the whole damn cold war and what it said about our oligarchy’s unwillingness to come to terms with economic planning… it’s sickening really. Tell me that “sure socialism works for the Swedes but they have such a high suicide rate.”

    The body count is controlled by special interests. Peace is possible, but the war criminals have to be rooted out and brought to justice in an international tribunal. the US has taught its allies to ignore the concept of international justice.

    I could go on.

  6. Arthur says:

    Whether the current Israeli war is a necessary one or not, I’m not in a position to say.

    Yes, but what I don’t get is why it takes so long for the involved countries to stop the death of civilians. You’d almost think that that extra time allows someone to make money out of selling bombs.