It’s time for another installment in the “things I find interesting” series of posts I’m doing about the Israeli/Hezbollah war. This is not meant to be a compilation of everything regarding the war, just those things that struck me as fresh takes, or unusually clear takes, on current events. As before, I’ll move this to the top when I update, so be sure to scroll down if this is at the top — there might be something new below.
Yesterday, I carried on a bit about the simplistic coverage the media is giving this war. In the MSM world, it’s not about rocket attacks from Hezbollah and Hamas, and Hezbollah’s massing armies on the North. It’s all about kidnapped soldiers. Most people are going to view that as a personal tragedy, not a national threat, and are likely to view the Israeli offensive as disproportionate. I’m not the only one who has noticed this shoddy coverage, but others have taken the idea and run with it. The best example today is Denis Boyle’s scathing denunciation of the wilful naivete evidence in the European papers.
Ben Stein has an interesting historical take on “disproportionate” bombing:
In World War II, the Germans bombed exactly no United States cities or towns. We bombed the hell out of them, day and night, for more than two years, including helping the British with firebombing Dresden, one of the most appalling civilian killings by a free people of all time.
Was it disproportionate? Well, no. The Nazis had bombed our allies, the British, in terror raids for years. They had started a world war. They had created a genocide unspeakable in human history. So, yes, there was horrible killing, but is anyone now saying it was disproportionate? Maybe a few, but not many.
Read the rest of what he wrote on the subject here.
James Lewis, writing at American Thinker, discusses the difficulties Israel is facing in a ground war, given that Hezbollah has had years to dig tunnels and arm itself, and that it is perfectly content to use human shields to protect its soldiers.