Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Human Cost of Turning a Blind Eye to Lebanon

This morning, I found a website called
about the violence between Israel and Lebanon. The website contains some very graphic and disturbing pictures of civilian casualties of Israeli bombing.

Also disturbing, but on a very different level, are the now famous pictures of Israeli girls writing or drawing on heavy artillery shells. The website suggests that these Israeli girls are writing messages to the future Lebanese victims of Israeli shelling. This claim may well be pure propaganda. Nevertheless, I find it deeply sad that parents permitted their children to write or draw anything on an artillery shell. Such an act teaches children to make light of instruments of death and destruction. I agree with the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, who wrote that
Weapons are the tools of violence; all decent men detest them. Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint. Peace is his highest value. If the peace has been shattered, how can he be content? His enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. He doesn't wish them personal harm. Nor does he rejoice in victory. How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? He enters a battle gravely, with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a funeral. (Tao Te Ching, Chapter 31)
In addition to presenting pictures of some of the consequences of this war, the website links to a petition to save the Lebanese civilians and points out that these civilians include Christians, Muslims, Druzes, and Jews. As of the time of this writing, the petition has received almost 200,000 signatures since July 15, 2006, including my own. The petition says that
Up until now more than 500 Lebanese civilians have been killed and thousands missing under the rubbles, thousands wounded, bridges and infrastructure destroyed, refugees are leaving Beirut in droves and worst of all the enforced siege might lead to a human catastrophe in the next few days. There must be an end to this cycle of violence and continuous violation of international laws and basic ethical behavior.
If you believe that the factual basis of the petition is correct and share its concerns, I encourage you to act right now and add your signature to the petition as well. Better yet, after you sign the petition, tell others about it, too! (An easy way to do that is to click on the envelope icon at the bottom of this post, which will let you email this post to a friend.)


Blogger BegsToDiffer said...

Having just read of 54 lebanese civillians being killed I'd like to pose a question:

IF Isreal are justified (as they and many supporters claim) in bombing Lebanese targets in order to eliminate or incapacitate Hezbollah AND incur some number of Lebanese civillian deaths in doing so, THEN how many Lebanese civilian deaths should we "permit"?

For example would it be acceptable to anyone reading this blog topic, for ALL civillians to be kiiled in order to acheive the goal or say 50% or 1%? or perhaps some maximum number?

Unless you are prepared to state a limit then your support for Israels action implies you are prepared to accept 100% of all civilains be killed.

Should the UN in such cases say "well you are limited to 1000 civilain deaths 500 of which may be children but after that you MUST stop bombing"?


July 30, 2006 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel Has a Right To Defend Themselves!

How do you feel about the shells and bombings coming against Israel. Every war that has been fought there, has been started by the Arab's, Hamas etc. They declare and have it stated as a matter of fact. They will not have peace until they totally destroy Israel and kill every Jew.

But somehow, we here in the west pick and choose what we want to, about what is right & wrong over there. Every time Israel has given up land for peace, all they got was more war and demands for more land, but no peace. Israel has a right to exist and to defend themselves.

The correct question to be asking is when will the world step up and tell the Arabs nations we stand with Israel.

By the way have you noticed how many of the wars started by muslims & right now being fought around the world involve Muslims killing in the name of their god?
We don't need the UN we need to believe the biblical text of the Word of God.

We believe the Word of God, or we don’t, there is no middle ground. Jesus Christ was and is God, that was manifested in the flesh or he was a liar and a lunatic. Either we stand with Israel or we don’t. What say you? Bishop C.S. Miller

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