Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, July 17, 2006

Israel vs. the Middle East

Is it anti-Semitic to be against Israel attacking the Palestinians and Lebanese with bombs, tanks, and artillery?
Or is it justified that Israel is attacking Hamas and Hezbollah and attacking facilities at night when there is less chance of civilian casualties? Israel has said that all attacks will cease once their soldiers are returned unharmed, whereas their enemies have preached that Israel has no right to exist.
I can not fathom what it must be like to live in Israel and to constantly be fearful for your life, but the world is better for having an Israel than to not have one at all.


Blogger quakerdave said...

It's only "anti-Semitic" if you're somebody who associates being against Israel's policies with being anti-Israel. Which I'm not. And which I can assume you aren't, either.

You can be against Bush's policies w/o being anti-American, right? Oh, wait, you mean I can't???

Tue Jul 18, 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

we have the luxury of being here while we fight the war 'over there' so that we don't have to fight it over here. no- it isn't anti-semitic to question a government's policies. it isn't anti muslim to wonder why their governments don't condemn terrorism and it isn't anti-american to criticize a failed administration. you just have to have some pros to put in their place- and elect the right people to do so.

Tue Jul 18, 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I ask this because on one of my blogging jaunts I read on another blog that someone was called anti-Semitic because they were against Israel attacking Hamas and Hezbollah. I think that Israel has every right to be doing what they are doing and I wish that they would do more. Israel attacks terror in a way that the US does not have a stomach for because they will go after the leaders of terror groups even when those terrorists try to hide behind a political party to appear legitimate.
I have never understood anti-Semitism, and I don’t think I ever will.

And QD, might I remind you that I am not a blind follower of Bush’s policies either. On immigration alone we are very different on our opinion, and on tax breaks, and on the environment, and on the War against Terrorism, and on…

Tue Jul 18, 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Wasn't referring to you, pub.

Tue Jul 18, 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Bush parts ways with most true conservatives on the immigration issue, and spending, too.

I don't mind honest questioning, but it seems to me that most of the talking-head types in the media are out to get Bush simply because he's a Republican.

It comes down to a childish game of "my side is better than your side."

Tue Jul 18, 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Brooke, I think there is a fair amount of those in the media who are happy when Bush falls and are more than willing to attack him when he does. The problem is that he offers way too many opportunities for them.
I was a Bush backer, and I was behind him sometimes blindly on the issues until his immigration speech. In that one speech he lost me there.

Wed Jul 19, 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Wadical said...

There is no doubt that I am "conservative". But lockstep?? no way. I've disagreed with Bush on several issues. I consider those issues to be important but certainly not as important as this War on Terror. (I italicized that because although that's what we started out doing, I'm not too sure that's what we're doing now.) Either way, despite his shortcomings, sellouts, or boneheaded decisions, there have been NO major terror attacks on US soil in the nearly 5 years since 9/11. Call it what you will, but I have a hard time assigning the label of "Failed" to this administration.

Wed Jul 19, 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

As far as Israel is concerned. I don't blame them one bit for opening this sizable "can o' whoop ass". If they kill the civilians behind whome Hezbollah is cowardly hiding as they launch their be it. But I'm not sure they'll actually accomplish much more than pissing off the rest of the world. They'll NEVER get their soldiers back alive. That's a fact. (I'll eat crow if they do.)

Wed Jul 19, 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Pubius: I'm with you there! For the first time ever, I felt like he was talking down to me, and playing politician.

Now, when he speaks, I tend to take it with a grain of salt.

I still like him MUCH more than anything the Dems have offered up!

Wed Jul 19, 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

WHoops! "Publius."

Wed Jul 19, 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger Obob said...

Imagine if there were people who wanted to destroy you hometown, kill your family, burn you house of worship and erase the Bill of Rights ... oh yeah, that's who we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It goes the same with Israel, only they are outnumbered and outgunned and under a constant state of military threat and action we can only imagine. So if Israel decides to clean up the UN's mess, have at it. We're cleaning up Clinton's messes to daye plus the UN's.

Wed Jul 19, 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Israel is outmanned, and overwhelmingly so if they are forced into combat with the Arab World, and I believe they only hold a slight majority in numbers over the Palestinians alone. But, once again tonight I heard that the only reason the US is not telling Israel to stop is because of the powerful Jewish Lobby in DC (I believe it was on Lou Dobbs).
Israel is doing the world a favor even though sadly there are going to be innocent people who are going to be hurt by the Israelis. But the difference is still that Hezbollah fires mortars and rockets into residential areas in Israel while Israel tries to go after military and industrial targets. Remember Israel is a nuclear power and if they wanted to they could end all this very quickly; we will have to wait and see how it all turns out.

Thu Jul 20, 04:01:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm siding with Israel on this one.

I just heard on FNC that the Lebanese Army will fight side-by-side with Hezbollah if Israel launches a ground invasion.

Thu Jul 20, 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

AOW, I think I can understand why the Lebanese Army would be called out. Regardless of their connection to Hezbollah, one sovereign nation can not sit idly by while another sovereign nation invades its borders regardless of reason. But, that being said I think the Israeli military can still defeat both but it might take longer and become much bloodier.
On CNN they said many of the women and children in Southern Lebanon have already left and all that remains are men who want to take up arms with Hezbollah while the women sit in Syria and want peace. Change will come to the Middle East when more women stand up and take control.

Thu Jul 20, 10:57:00 PM  

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