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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I could not have said it better

This is from another blog called the Bull Moose


The Moose salutes the peace activists of the Israel Defense Forces.

There is much talk of peace in the world, but little action. That is why it is so significant when a state takes concrete steps to attempt to bring reconciliation. Israel is doing just that this week as her troops remove their fellow citizens from Gaza settlements.

The significance of this move are profound for the soldiers and their leader. The Los Angeles Times reports,

"Sharon has already paid a heavy political price for the pullout, which was set in motion early Monday as soldiers began knocking at settlers' doors and telling them they had 48 hours to leave. In the year and a half since he unveiled the withdrawal plan, Sharon has been reviled as a dictator and a traitor, subjected to death threats by Jewish extremists. He now stands in real danger of losing the leadership of the Likud Party he helped found."

Don't expect, however, for Sharon and Israel to get credit for this courageous move from the world's capitals or from their carping critics. They will only be satisfied when Israel completely succumbs to the demands of Islamic extremism. While tyranny and exploitation reign from North Korea to Syria to Saudia Arabia to the Sudan, it is always Israel who is the target of the ire of groups like the Mainstream Protestant divestment movement or even a grieving mother in Crawford.

Those on the left who lionize Cindy Sheehan should realize that they are promoting someone who apparently subscribes to the most odious notion that a cabal of Jews who were defending Israel's interests led us to war. While we can sympathize with her profound loss, progressives should reject her extremist arguments.

There was once a time that the progressive movement championed Israel as a bastion of democracy in the tyrannical Middle East. That changed in the aftermath of the 67 war when Israel was victorious against the Arab armies that sought to eliminate her existence. Then the left turned their sympathies to the Palestinians who were never welcomed in the Arab world. Meanwhile, Israel integrated hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab lands into the fabric of society. Arabs have used Palestinians as tools in a public relations war against Israel and to divert attention from their corrupt rulers.

This week, Israelis begin the painful process of sacrificing for peace. Will the world's peace movement celebrate their courage? The Moose is not holding his breath.



this is from a site called the Bull Moose.

3 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Ya know Callie, this is the type of articles that makes people HATE Israel, not sympathise with them.

Its starts out to be a great and interesting read.

"The Moose salutes the peace activists of the Israel Defense Forces."

Then turns into a propaganda BS post with this.

"They will only be satisfied when Israel completely succumbs to the demands of Islamic extremism."


I was excited to read this article. I thought I would hear the heart ache that must go with being an Israeli soldier, doing his duty while watching the angst and suffering of his fellow countryman in the name of peace... only to read the same old crap.

You know, these articles would carry alot more weight if half the article didnt point to whats going on in North Korea, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, blah blah blah.

The post you put up about people injured by suicide bombers that dont get any attention, that was a very moving post. Makes you realise the severity of conflict and why peace is so important.

2:05 PM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

People like you don't need articles like this to hate Isreal Chris.

You clearly made that point in a previous post.

Before you read this article I might add.

And I totally agree with the author that the arabs will not be satisfied as long as Isreal exists.

They say that very clearly. Its not something the author imagines.

And the references to the situation in the rest of the Arab world bears relevance since the and the might of the international community does not call for a boycott or make any condemnations of these nations.

More than half of the resolutions passed by the UN are against one country.

Don't don't blah blah blah me here. Its pertinent to the point, it shows the bias and bigotry of people who think Israel is some all powerful source of World Evil.

As as for the Israeli soilders yes, this is tough. Right now the Arab leaders are celebrating a victory, they tell the people 'today gaza, tomorrow Jeruselum and Tel Aviv'.

Its hard to be a soilder in a country that has almost no allies.

Its not an easy life, to have to serve in the army, guys and girls after you turn 18.

People do it because they have no choice.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saying I hate Israel because I dont agree with some of the things they do is as narrow minded as people who say that you hate the US if you dont agree with President Bush.

2:42 PM  

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