Thursday, July 13, 2006
(2:55 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
Meanwhile, in the Middle EastIsrael is apparently attempting to hasten the End.
I'm trying to balance things out here in my mind, to come up with a good fair and balanced approach to this problem -- the kind of thing that our nation's pundit class could agree with. So on the one hand, obviously the kidnapping of the two soldiers was the worst crime ever committed in the history of humanity, an outrage against God himself. On the other hand, Israel's invasion of a (pretty much) sovereign state and collective punishment of its people are unfortunate excesses that are bad primarily because they might turn public opinion against an absolutely and unquestionably just cause. Anyone who disagrees with this analysis dreams every night of a new Holocaust.
Does that sound about right?
Oh, and by the way:
A senior Israeli foreign ministry official, Gideon Meir, told reporters today that Israel has “concrete evidence that Hezbollah plans to transfer the kidnapped soldiers to Iran,” but he gave no specifics or source for the claim. “As a result,” Mr. Meir said, “Israel views Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran as the main players in the axis of terror and hate that endangers not only Israel, but the entire world.”