Why isn’t there more blogging out there about the Israel/Lebanon/Palestine/Hezbollah conflagration?
Maybe because we sense fault on many sides, but speaking that brings nothing but scorn and vitriol? Maybe we can agree that Israel must defend herself, but also that we can say that the roots of this conflict are deep and complex and intractable and that this disproportionate response isn’t likely to do much but make it worse. Maybe because we can agree that Hezbollah attacks and kidnappings are evil, but we also see little good in the civilian deaths which are accompanying this current offensive. I don’t have the answer for what should be done over there. I just don’t. So what is there to say?
Kevin Drum and Glenn Reynolds each comment on why they don’t blog on it more. Its just so disheartening to try to find out a faithful thing to say while finding that any comment short of untarnished approval of Israel’s actions is met with cries of anti-semitism or support of terrorism. Maybe that’s too strong a phrasing of it. It likely is, but it feels that way sometimes.
And its so unbelievably frustrating to be unable to find good information about what is happening over there. Lauro has a good post about this. So I pray for peace. I try to find ways to affirm the right of innocent people not to live their lives in constant fear of death. I try to have courage to speak the truth that I see in love: to say terrorism is evil and yet all use of military might must be proportionate. I try to find the peacemakers over there and offer support to them. And then I pray some more.