Thursday, August 03, 2006
Olmert admits bombing civilians on purpose & American Jews for Peace
Shockingly, or perhaps callously, Israeli PM Olmert openly admits that they bomb civilian housing and infrastructure in an effort to turn the population against Hezbollah. I wonder if Olmert is aware that Human Rts Watch has issued a war crimes statement against Hezbollah and against Israel: "The Israeli military seems to consider anyone left in the area a combatant who is fair game for attack. Warning civilians to leave does not give it carte blanche to blindly attack." That is why news like this makes me so very happy (via CNN's Paula Zahn Now): "Former CA Congressional candidate Marcy Winograd believes that Israel should agree to an immediate cease-fire against Hezbollah positions in Lebanon, so much so that she founded L.A. Jews for Peace. WINOGRAD: This could spell the end of the Middle East. I mean, we're on the precipitous. You have to talk to whoever is quote, "the enemy." There is no other way around it. What I see is a perpetual war policy where Israeli youth will be sent to fight a guerrilla war in Lebanon. Did the French beat the Algerians? Did the US beat the Vietcong? What are we sentencing the youth of Israel to? What Israel is doing is going to backfire just as it did when Israel was in Lebanon previously, in that these attacks on Lebanon which result in the deaths of many innocent civilians, a lot of children, will have the opposite of the intended effect in that it will empower. These attacks will empower Hezbollah. (Winograd is absolutely correct. Just take a look at this poll: 70% of all of the Lebanese people now are behind Hezbollah.) People are so polarized, in their own bubbles and very hard to bridge the gap. I would like to see most Jews come to an understanding that violence is not going to solve a political problem. It could indeed make it much worse." Amen. I'm not Jewish, but this peace wanting Catholic agrees w/her 100%, and I think that 2 quotes, one from a Buddhist and one from a Hindu succinctly sum up Winograd's point perfectly: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."-- Confucius, and "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."-- Gandhi.