Touted as one of the more important events in the world-fuck contest, the Israel V. Lebanon rematch ended in a PR draw, a Lebanese moral victory and an Israeli blood "red" card. Hopefully the red card will keep them out of the next few games against Palestine and whoever the Axis of Disgust decides to attack.
I was in a bar the other night watching the game, in direct from the censored Israeli lines and really in direct from Al Jazeera. We had just come off a cathartic review of the endless overtime match in Iraq and started to argue about the IDF V. Hezbollah match. I should have noticed the yamulke, but didn't. His unassailable position was that Israel only had to lose one war, and they would be wiped off the map.
My position was that they really needed to stop killing each other.
In the final analysis we were both right and we were both wrong. There was as much need to invade Lebanon as there was to invade Iraq. Israel like the US was not being threatened. On the other hand he was correct when he said that Hezbollah used the civilian population as a shield all the way to the Syrian border. And destroying the complete infrastructure of the country certainly guarantees the removal of that shield. To be blunt, I am certain that there was a tactical reason for every dead child, every bloody mother and each and every shattered life. Of this I am absolutely sure because to think otherwise would force me, and the rest of the world to think that Israel's time and stewardship of the "holy Land" should be terminated. Maybe the time has come to address the morality of allowing that bloody little country to lose that one war.
Should they lose, the leaders of Israel have cynically put their citizens at the mercy of their victims with their witless invasions, attacks and murders.
The stunning victory that the IDF gained with almost no loss of life to the civilian population of Israel should be a shining example for our own president. After all, Lebanese people do not really count in the broader picture of maintaining a democratic and free Israel. I just cannot understand why the Arab states are unable to comprehend that one Israeli is worth 40 Arab civilians. And thanks to Israel's willingness to pursue the diplomatic path, the two kidnapped soldiers were kept safely away from the combat zone, we hope. Unless they happened to be riding in a UN or Lebanese ambulance, were being evacuated with the women and children or were located in a school, hospital or UN observation post. All of the above clearly marked, and therefore, legitimate targets.
The nice thing about getting loaded in a bar with an Israeli/US citizen is that you will not be interrupted by a pesky Muslim. Something about alcohol does not sit well with Big Mo. On the other hand, the only place where honest citizens can get any sort of peace these days is at a New Orleans Pork Barbecue. But even there we run the risk of meeting up with our glad handing Bush.
Is there nothing that Christian won't eat?
But I digress, and I shouldn't.