Apparently the rockets possessed by Hezbollah are quite shabby, they miss their targets quite often, but that isn’t really the point of this post. This Sandmonkey poses some really great and insightful questions to people of all ethnic backgrounds concerning the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, in Lebanon.
Impressed by this point of view that I haven’t considerd before, I asked him what he would’ve thought, if a Hezbollah rocket had attacked a building in Israel, killing 55 civillians, of which 30 were children. He responded immeidtely “I would’ve thought it was great! A7san!”.
So I repeated the same question to 8 other co-workers, and the responses so far have been as follows: 7 said they would celebrate, and 2 said that such an attack would’ve been bad, but justified! Yeah! Not a single person said that the death of any civllian, on either side, is an equal tragedy. Civillians dead on our side is tragic, civillian deaths on their side cause for celebration. And if you think I am being unfair or demonizing arabs or whatever, do me a favor and try it at your work place and/or with members of your family. Conduct this little social experiment and see for yourself. The results are very interesting.
There’s an extensive list of very well thought out comments to read through too. As you can imagine, some comments are quite heated.
Now, Sandmonkey has been slandered in a BBC-Arabic article. The author of the BBC article says:
The owner of the famous Sandmonkey blog, who published a Poem that encoruages Israel to flatten Hezbollah a couple of days ago, has said that Israel has encouraged a new generation of arab liberal to hate it.
The BBC article author flat out lied in his article, saying Sandmonkey published a poem encouraging Israel to flatten Hezbollah. That’s not the impression I got from the “Some slightly uncomfortable questions” post. I think that BBC author has gotten himself in more trouble than he probably knows. I think Sandmonkey is contemplating suing for libel. I hope he does.
Stephen Dupont, an Australian photojournalist, snapped some photos of American soldiers burning the bodies of some Taliban terrorists. Throughout the media, this is being portrayed as evidence of American atrocities in the middle east. Apparently, Mr. Dupont says it was clear the bodies were being burned for sanitary reasons.
I don’t know how I’ve missed this bit of news over the last week, there’s people blogging it all freakin over the place. Almost too much information for me to sort out right now. Anyway, the media is being blamed for spinning this story at least 180 degrees. There’s reports that people within the U.S. military psy-ops divisions burned the bodies in an attempt to lure out other Taliban fighters. There seems to be debate going on as to wether or not burning the bodies for psy-ops purposes was “ethical” I guess.
I really hope that’s not what all the fuss is really about. It’s one of the most effective forms of psy-ops. Saddam used it, the Taliban uses it. When Saddam was into chopping off womens heads, he’d have their heads placed on poles outside their homes for everyone to see. In turn sending the message that your head could be on a pole should you go against his regime.
And remember when the those American contractors were hung from the bridge in Fallujah? Yet another classic example of psy-ops, only it’s not being used by U.S. troops, so it’s OK. That’s basically what this all boils down to I think. It’s OK for everyone else to employ every tactic possible, but when the U.S. does it, it’s evil and we must be taught a lesson.
And that just brings us back to the fundamental problems with Islam and the MSM’s willingness to tear down the United States. Both of which are deep rooted problems that can’t be dealt with without taking extreme actions.
That’s probably it for me on this. Check out what everyone else has to say, it’s probably much more relavent to this story than the generalities I spoke of. Cao and Euphoric Reality have probably the most comprehensive posts:
The Jawa Report
The Political Pitbull
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Muslims are again rioting in Egypt, outside a Coptic church in Egypt. All because of a DVD that was shown which some claim to be offensive to Islam. Same basic thing happened last week too, outside the same Coptic church. Only the first time, someone stabbed a nun.
This most recent event, which occured on Friday (10/21), claimed the lives of three and injured 60. Via ABC News:
CAIRO (Reuters) – Three demonstrators were killed when thousands of people protested on Friday near a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria over the staging of a play they said was offensive to Islam, security sources said.
The demonstrators were killed during clashes between police and the more than 5,000-strong crowd which had gathered near St. George’s Coptic church in the Mediterranean port city after Muslim prayers, the sources said.
Police used teargas to try to disperse the crowd, which had pelted police with stones and which regrouped on several occasions after prayer times through the day and evening, the sources said. They said protests continued late into the night.
If that isn’t peaceful, I dunno what is.
Check out In The Bullpen and Hyscience for more.
The Jawa Report has news of Arthur Chrenkoff retiring from his blogging career. Chrenkoff ran the super popular pro-war “Chrenkoff” blog.
Chrenkoff made his last post this morning. One of Arthurs most popular items was his “Good News from Iraq” postings. In light of Chrenkoff leaving the blogosphere, a new blog has popped up that will take over covering good news from Iraq. The blog, Good News from the Front, will be filling the void. Looks like they’re already doing a nice job.
Chrenkoff the man will be greatly missed within the blogosphere but his reasoning for doing so is solid. He’s moving his professional career forward, not something you can really do in the blogosphere. He’s done so much in terms of bringing to light all the good our troops have done in Iraq and in the war on terror in general.
Others covering: Outside The Beltway, Decision ’08, The Coalition of the Swilling, California Conservative, and Mudville Gazette.