Terrorism and Turning the Other Cheek

I was reading insomnia’s livejournal and i wanted to repost an extract.. ( emphases are my own)

“..If Lebanon is a terrorist state because of Hezbollah then isn’t Israel a terrorist state because of their fundamentalist wackos too? I mean, what else would you call a paramiliary group that pays people $4500 to kill other people they don’t like?

If these ultra-Orthodox Jews do succeed in causing the death of their fellow Israelis, then won’t the State of Israel be required to retaliate? Maybe they could bomb their airports, blow up a few bridges, or kill a few innocent civilians or something… just to teach the terrorists a lesson.

Because everyone knows that nothing succeeds quite like collective punishment… yesssir! That’ll make lots of friends.

If you ask me, Israel is playing into Hezbollah’s hands. Hezbollah was gradually losing power and influence over the Lebanese people, but if Israel overreacts and engages in collective punishment tactics and military incursions, then the ranks of Hezbollah’s followers are going to grow.

True strength comes from posessing the moral high ground. From turning the other cheek. From showing compassion, mercy, and friendship.

By responding to attacks in either a highly targeted manner, or, if that is impossible, by not responding at all outside of mourning your losses. True strength requires self-sacrifice and self-restraint in order to protect the innocent. It seems odd and incongruent that Israel, of all countries, doesn’t seem to recognize this simple truth…”

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  1. Pickled Politics » Israel versus Lebanon on 14 Jul 2006 at 10:06 pm

    […] Sonia has quoted insomnia: If you ask me, Israel is playing into Hezbollah’s hands. Hezbollah was gradually losing power and influence over the Lebanese people, but if Israel overreacts and engages in collective punishment tactics and military incursions, then the ranks of Hezbollah’s followers are going to grow. […]

Comments

  1. cyberotter wrote:

    I feel like the whole world has taken crazy pills.

  2. sonia wrote:

    given the escalation of events into what appears to be full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon, I can only agree with you - and ask - what on earth is going on in the Middle East?

  3. cyberotter wrote:

    This will be the key that unlocks the regional war that we have all been fearing.

  4. leon wrote:

    Even though I nolonger believe, I’m reminded at times like this of the Book of Revelations and some peoples interpretation that the ME would play a role in the end of days…

  5. Ceridwen Devi wrote:

    Off topic but one of those arrested in St. Petersburg is a friend of ours.
    http://ceridwendevi.blogspot.com/2006/07/g8-protesters-arrested-in-st.html

  6. Holly wrote:

    Dear Sonia,
    I only wish for peace, the dark days are happening, and it is so sad to know innocent life’s will be lost!

  7. Katy Newton wrote:

    Do people call Lebanon a terrorist state because of Hizbollah? I had the impression that Lebanon was a victim of weak government and circumstances out of its control. I wouldn’t describe Lebanon a terrorist state.

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