Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"I don't know who is right and who is wrong," she said. "All I know and hope and wish and pray for is that there is a cease-fire and peace."

So says Nada Abraham, a fourteen year old who lives in the Cincinnati area. She has been in Lebanon, dodging bombs, since the beginning of the war there.

2 comments:

BeastofBurden1 said...

I also pray for peace, but I also pray for this girl that she would have more moral clarity.

Hezbollah provoked this conflict. Hezbollah's stated aim is the obliteration of Israel. Hezbollah hides in Lebanese civilian areas while firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas, forcing Israel to fire into the Lebanese civilian areas to destroy those firing the rockets and hopefully whatever remaining rockets are left, but Israel first drops pamphlets before firing to give civilians a chance to flee. Does Hezbollah drop pamphlets on Haifa before firing their rockets?

Hezbollah stages photo ops while threatening journalists with death if they report the real facts like where rockets are being launched from. I could go on, but it is clear that even though civilians are dying in this conflict, the fault for those deaths lies with Hezbollah both with their rockets they are firing specifically to kill Israeli civilians, and their human shield tactics they employ in Lebanon to maximize Lebanese civilian casualties and cynically curry international outrage directed at Israel which should be directed at Hezbollah itself.

Israel must not accept a cease-fire until they have disabled Hezbollah's ability to attack them, or by some miracle Hezbollah acquires a change of heart and lays down their rockets. Anything less is a victory for Hezbollah and terrorism.

I know you may disagree with this post, but there are larger issues here than the temporary comfort of the Lebanese people. Their focus should be on assisting Israel in driving Hezbollah out of their country so that they can proceed with re-building their fledgling democracy.

Mark Daniels said...

Beast:
You write, "I know you may disagree with this post, but there are larger issues here than the temporary comfort of the Lebanese people."

Frankly, you have no way of knowing whether I agree or disagree with your post because I haven't expressed any opinion on the war other than to say:

That Israel has a right to defend itself, a right shared by all sovereign nations;

That any discussion of "proportionality," a principle of just war theory rooted in Christianity, must include consideration of the threat level posed by an enemy. In other words, it's silly to base judgments of the propriety of Israel's response on relative body counts, etc.;

Hezbollah started the war;

I do not equate modern Israel with historic, Biblical Israel; and

That, for the sake of the suffering people in Lebanon and in Israel, I pray that peace will come soon.

These are all in posts I've written since the war began. But I have tried in none of them to say anything more than I feel I can appropriately say as a Christian. I can't claim wisdom from God I haven't been given. Others may give their political opinions on these matters; that isn't my call, I feel.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments and please come back again.

Mark