Monday, July 31, 2006

Bruce's MidEast Soundbites

Bruce's MidEast Soundbites

"Disproportionate" in What Moral Universe? - Charles Krauthammer
What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?

When the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor, it did not respond with a parallel "proportionate" attack on a Japanese naval base. It launched a four-year campaign that killed millions of Japanese, reduced Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki to cinders, and turned the Japanese home islands into rubble and ruin. When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one has every right - legal and moral - to carry the fight until the aggressor is disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again.

Did Britain respond to the Blitz and V-1 and V-2 rockets with "proportionate" aerial bombardment of Germany? Of course not. Churchill orchestrated the greatest air campaign and land invasion in history, which flattened and utterly destroyed Germany, killing untold innocent German women and children in the process. In perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the London Blitz, Hizballah is raining rockets on Israeli cities. (Washington Post)
Did Anyone Ask Hizballah to Halt its Fire after Killing Eight in Haifa? - Alex Fishman
Israel must put out a message, without batting an eyelid, that if Hizballah continues to fire rockets from inside populated areas, and it continues to hide among them - more buildings will be destroyed. (Ynet News)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Bruce's MidEast Soundbites

Bruce's MidEast Soundbites

Lebanon Is Not Innocent [David Horowitz]
[T]he very idea that Lebanon is an innocent bystander in the war against Israel won't wash. Lebanon is host to the terrorist aggressor which has sworn to eliminate Israel and its Jews from the face of the earth.

[T]he Lebanese government allowed Hezbollah to build its headquarters and underground bunkers in the populated neighborhoods of Beirut. It allowed Hezbollah to import 13,000 missiles to be fired into Israel's cities and towns. The 75,000-man Lebanese army has not sealed off the Syrian border and, according to reports, has allowed Syria to re-supply Hezbollah in the midst of its aggression. The Lebanese government has allowed Hezbollah to build underground fortresses on its southern border in position to attack. It has allowed Hezbollah to launch rockets into the towns of northern Israel to terrorize and kill innocent civililans.

If Americans taught their children to murder Muslims as a quick pass to heaven, the left would regard this as a crime against humanity. But if Palestinians are the perpetrators of such crimes and Jews are the targets, it's a different story. [C]ritics [on the left] attribute civilian casualties not to the terrorists but to their opponents; liberation and self-defense are denounced as "occupation." This is not even moral equivalence; it is sympathy for the devil.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Inspiration from a Muslim hero

An amazing [almost inspiring] video clip has been's a short debate between a heroic Muslim professional [Arab-American physician Dr. Wafa Sultan] and an Islamist Sheikh that ran on Al-Jazeera television...if more Muslims spoke up like that, we'd be living in a different's a direct link to the clip:
or a link to it's description:

Saudis Tackle Terrorists with Persuasion - Anton La Guardia (Telegraph-UK)The Saudi approach to combating terror includes using clerics to debate "jihad" with jailed militants and convert them to more moderate beliefs.Seeking to fight Islamic extremism with Islamic theologians, Saudi authorities say they successfully re-educated some 400 out of 700 extremists and released them from prison.