All my non-Jewish friends have been emailing me, asking what I think about Israel. After expressing concern for the innocent citizens of Lebanon (as opposed to the bloodthirsty maniacal citizens), I unequivocally support Israel and its right to figuratively and strategically cut the legs off (some would say literally, but I’m not that kind of girl) a group of terrorists intent on “wiping it off the map.”
But last night, watching the coverage of bombed-out Beirut and hearing from Lebanese mothers and fathers what a toll this will take on their lives, I started to doubt Israel’s tactics. Did they have to decimate everyone’s electricity and telecommunications? Was it really necessary to flatten an entire square block? I believe that Israel does its best to minimize casualities it certainly gave Lebanese plenty of warning with those flyers but man, this is gonna set diplomacy back fifty years. We all know that Israel is doing Lebanon a favor by clearing out the Hezamaniacs (is there anyone out there who doesn’t accept that they’re the proxy army of Iran?) but the people of Lebanon sure don’t see it that way. Does Israel expect them to be grateful?
If you’re a viewer just becoming aware of the Middle East situation and you’re kind of liberal, it certainly looks like Israel is being heavy-handed especially when TV reporters are barely disguising their dismay (disgust?) at the massive destruction. I’ve had to explain to many non-Jews it’s necessary to go back far enough into Israel’s history (um, like the day after it achieved independence) to realize that the only way for Israel to defend itself is to mount an awesome offense.
People don’t understand that when Israel “occupies” areas that belong to others, it’s not because it wants to it’s because it has to. If it doesn’t, a bunch of crazy f*kers with rockets will do their best to prevent the Israeli people from going about their lives. So while I have knots in my stomach over burned children and homeless mental patients, I’m behind Israel albeit safely over here in the U.S.
But the fear I have over the liberal American backlash against Israel has me doing weird things like watching conservative TV host Glenn Beck (let’s call him the three-digit I.Q. person’s Rush Limbaugh) and agreeing with him wholeheartedly. Gawd, next I’ll be watching FOXnews with a can of Budweiser and defending my right to drive an SUV. *sigh*
But hey: When the news gets me down, Bangitout Blog always comes to the rescue:
10. Hes reporting from Lebanon, Pennsylvania
9. Keeps confusing Al Aqsa with Al Bundy
8. Calls Hezbollah freedom fighters
7. Thought the MidEast was just a tough college basketball conference
6. Starts interview with insane Syrian ambassador: “For the record, I loved Syriana”
5. Signature sign off: “Stay Classy, Osama”
4. Wears a shaitel, full modest dress in order to “fit in” when interviewing Israelis on Tel Aviv beach
3. Concludes Israeli bomb shelter report with, No sign of Baby Suri here, Bob
2. Hes wearing a “Bull-Shiite” t-shirt
1. Sees a clear difference between Hezbollah & Al Quaeda