The recent Israeli attacks on Lebanon has the world turning their eyes again to Middle East.I always used to wonder how Israel managed to survive and grow amidst the mindless violence that has engulfed the area. And unlike many others, my sympathies lies with both the Israelis and Palestinians. The fact that the Muslim world still does not recognise Israel as a nation-state is bothering. And the plight of the Palestinians is very much real and moving.Is the current aggression justified?
Well, as most others think, the collateral damage that has taken place over there has tilted the balance against Israel. Then, the pictures of Israeli children sending death oops peace messages to the Lebanese people has incensed the general public further.
So, who is to blame here? The Israelis for trying to protect their citizens at any cost or the Lebanese people whose crime is that they have not put enough pressure on their government to rein in the terriorists. Maybe, the truth somewhere lies in the middle. Israel does need to protect its citizens but killing innocent civilians and resorting to mass bombings is no way to counter terrorism,IMHO. And the other Middle Eastern countries need to get out of their time-warp and understand/acknowledge the existence of Israel which will go a long way to bring peace to that place.
Read this comment at Gawker's blog.
Dave Barry once said:
"They can hold all the peace talks they want, but there will never be peace in the Middle East. Billions of years from now, when Earth is hurtling toward the Sun and there is nothing left alive on the planet except a few microorganisms, the microorganisms living in the Middle East will be bitter enemies."
Just hope that peace returns to the place which is home to three of the main religions of this world.
Also, Confused tries to analyse the Israeli reaction over here.