Saturday, July 22, 2006

Israel-Lebanon Pt. 2

In answer to a well-thought, if a bit extremist in his zionist leanings, comment from John Lunt:

Yes, God is the God of Israel. Sure, I'll give you that. However, many of the civilians being killed and maimed in Lebanon are Christians, those who have received the Jewish Messiah.
Any Covenant God has with Israel does not negate their responsibility to behave in the international arena in a way which recognizes standards of war and the Geneva Conventions.

Are we to assume that because God has a covenant with Israel guaranteeing them the whole of the majority of the Middle Eastern world, that we (the U.S. or Western Christians) should support them in military efforts against their neighbors?

Yes, Israel has endured a lot of terrorist attacks against innocent civilians. However, to decry the wrongness of those attacks and avenge through more attacks against innocent civilians is not only irrational, it undermines the moral highground the victim nation could be said to have had in the first place.

Israel's problem is not with the elected government or the civilians of Lebanon. It is with Hezbollah.

It's interesting that you used the example of "what if Canadians were shooting rockets into US cities? Wouldn't we retaliate?" Under the current administration, that's exactly what we'd do.
However, if we were to use the full force of our military (the world's largest) against the whole of Canada for the acts of a terrorist group, the world would be outraged and rightly so.

Israel, with one of the world's largest and most advanced militaries (thanks to the US) is currently attacking a nation whose military power totals to all of 35,000 infantry.
In the current conflict, 10 times as many Lebanese civilians have died as Israeli.

The fact is, the best definition of terrorism is any deliberate act of violence (state-sponsored or otherwise) against innocent civilian bystanders in or out of a time of war. If the aggressor nation was any but Israel, the western world would be outraged. Apparently, terrorism is acceptable when it is the tool of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Forgive me. May God forgive us both.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, Israel is attacking Lebanon, who has a military that is unwilling or unable to contain Hezbollah.

Hezbollah initiated this recent round with the firing of rockets and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

In war, innocent people suffer. If we used the logic that we have to make sure no innocent people get bombed or killed, Hitler would have won World War II. The nature of war is that innocent people will die. The problem is Hezbollah blends into the local population - and the local population seems to let them. They are doing everything they can to win and they are using the local population as their shield. Israel has to get to them one way or another. So if you want to blame anyone, blame Hezbollah who has vowed the destruction of Israel.

I am definitely Zionist in my leanings. In essence I am not going to stand in the way of God's covenant with Israel and I take very seriously the word of God which was to Abraham, I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you.

I'm waiting for all of those who are ticked off at Israel to suggest a better option, other than letting the Israeli people be attacked over and over again.

The Lebanese people are the responsibility of the Lebanese government which seems to be a puppet of extreme anti-semetic elements of the broader middle east agenda.

Israel's responsibility is the protection of their people. There are estimates that over 1000 rockets have been fired at Israeli towns and villages during this war, much of it when Hezbollah instigated this action.

So what's your solution? Let terrorist organizations win?

John Lunt said...

Yes, Israel is attacking Lebanon, who has a military that is unwilling or unable to contain Hezbollah.

Hezbollah initiated this recent round with the firing of rockets and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

In war, innocent people suffer. If we used the logic that we have to make sure no innocent people get bombed or killed, Hitler would have won World War II. The nature of war is that innocent people will die. The problem is Hezbollah blends into the local population - and the local population seems to let them. They are doing everything they can to win and they are using the local population as their shield. Israel has to get to them one way or another. So if you want to blame anyone, blame Hezbollah who has vowed the destruction of Israel.

I am definitely Zionist in my leanings. In essence I am not going to stand in the way of God's covenant with Israel and I take very seriously the word of God which was to Abraham, I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you.

I'm waiting for all of those who are ticked off at Israel to suggest a better option, other than letting the Israeli people be attacked over and over again.



The Lebanese people are the responsibility of the Lebanese government which seems to be a puppet of extreme anti-semetic elements of the broader middle east agenda.

Israel's responsibility is the protection of their people. There are estimates that over 1000 rockets have been fired at Israeli towns and villages during this war, much of it when Hezbollah instigated this action.

So what's your solution? Let terrorist organizations win?