Over the course of the growing violence in Lebanon I’ve been reflecting on the words of my friend Phil, who has been studying in Israel this year. His advice:
Don’t believe the American media. They are incredibly biased in Israel’s favor.
In the past week I’ve been trying to put together what Phil meant by that statement. Today, I believe I found a part of that answer. I happened across some photographs detailing the results of Israel’s retaliation against Hezbollah. Somehow I don’t think 5 year olds are the one’s firing rockets into Haifa. From what I can make of some of the pictures, it seems that Israel has managed to practically annihilate the city of Beruit. Given that at most 30% of the Lebanese population would have been in ideological support of Hezbollah (let alone military or financial support), and the fact that Lebanon is one of the youngest and most democratic of Middle Eastern countries, I’m not sure exactly what Israel trying to accomplish with such an onslaught. It seems to me, and others as well, that Israel’s response is grossly disproportional.