Well, as a journalist, this kind of thing bugs me. Supposedly informed journalists routinely rant on the same old anti-Israel sentiment without taking the time to research the history of Hezbollah, and all the other state and stateless actors in the region who have repeatedly vowed to destroy the country and its people ("...into the sea is the common refrain, but I digress.)
That these folks had no personal stake in the region, had never been there, had never studied it, were simply responding to minute slices of coverage and using it as an opportunity to fill some space and provoke a reaction, bugged me even more.
So I published this piece in today's paper. I was initially concerned that it was too strong for the intended audience. Even publishing it here was worrisome. What would I do if visitors to my blog vehemently disagreed with me?
As you can tell, I got over my misgivings. This had to be said. And I'll say it again if necessary. Let the chips fall where they may.
Quick aside: I published this piece a couple of weeks back.
Sure, just sit back and blame IsraelYour turn: Thoughts?
Published Saturday, July 29, 2006
The London Free Press
By Carmi Levy
It’s easy to sit in an armchair in Canada and judge Israel’s response to a terror campaign that began long before the state was even founded.
It’s easy to say Israel has overreacted when you haven’t been singled out for elimination. It’s easy to blame Israel for causing the misery in Lebanon when you choose to ignore the context of its existence.
The facts are quite simple: Hezbollah, like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, has vowed to destroy Israel and its Jewish citizens. It has engaged in a sustained cross-border terror campaign since its 1982 inception. Regular rocket barrages against northern Israeli towns have been punctuated by murderous cross-border incursions.
It has set up camp in the middle of heavily populated areas, knowing full well the consequences in the event of a counterattack.
While you sit in your safe, comfy armchair, the Jewish state fights for its very life against a shadowy enemy that has no interest in negotiation or compromise.
You’d be forgiven for having no concept if you haven’t spent your entire life living under this never-ending threat.