The Dead Baby
A few days ago I wrote the post, They Will All Go To Hell.
And I wondered if maybe I had pushed the line when I published images of a dead baby, killed by an Israeli rocket in Lebanon.
(Remember, I am not taking sides, I think both sides are crazy, including the Palestinian parents teaching their kids to be suicide bombers.)
But I know many of my readers are taking sides, so let's talk some more about this.
It was with great surprise that I opened my New York Times this morning, and found another image of an 8-month old baby, killed by an Israeli artillery shell right on THE FRONT PAGE.
And I am not showing this image to point out that Israel is evil or because I'm against Israel, because I am not. But as a parent, I am for children, I really don't care who kills them. It is simply wrong. Especially to kill babies.
And I know, a few of you think, well, Israel has to do this. Lenin said you can't create a revolution without cracking a few eggs, and I guess, you can't fight a war without killing a few babies. That's the conventional wisdom.
But let's take a step back.
If you are for Israel, now we are at the stage that dead babies are on the front cover of NY Times. You think this helps Israel?
And you know what the headline was?
"Tide of Arab Opinion Turns To Support for Hezbollah."
And the Times writes, "with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for 15 days, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group's leader . . . into a folk hero."
Hezbollah is absolutely, completely wrong to kidnap Israeli soldiers and provoke Israel. Israel is absolutely wrong to take that as an excuse to go onto a murderous rampage.
But none of that matters.
Remember, history doesn't care who was wrong or right, only who wins. After all, those people write the history. So let's stop that discussion.
Let's talk about what will happen now.
I predict the New York Times picture will be the start of mounting criticism of Israel, with a complete loss of public support for this "war." And I know that so far Hezbollah has won the hearts of the Arab population, support they didn't have 15 days ago. And they won this support by offering up their own babies and children as a modern day blood sacrifice.
If Hezbollah can continue to stand up to Israel they will have achieved what Arabs have only dreamt of for the last 50 years. Remember, most wars with Israel have ended after just six days or so, with any attacker crushed under the mighty Israeli war machine. So if these guys, using their own babies as shield, can keep this going another 15 days, they will be folk heroes in the Arab world for the next century to come.
As for me, I'm simply ashamed to be part of "humanity."
Not even monkeys kill their own babies as brazenly as we do, nor do they hold up their babies in front of them when they fight other monkeys.