Getting Past the Hype

by James Glaser
July 20, 2006

Both Washington and Tel Aviv lament about the three Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped by Hamas and Hezbollah. Both governments will tell you those two acts touched off all the bloodshed that is going on with Israel and her neighbors today. That line is true and untrue at the same time.

Yes, the abduction of the soldiers got the bullets flying, but just maybe it was the kidnapping and detention of thousands of Palestinians by Israel that proceeded these kidnappings that really got everything rolling.

George Bush talks about getting a UN Resolution from the Security Council admonishing the people he calls terrorists in this new conflict in the Middle East. If you care to check it out UN Resolutions # 106, 111, 127, 162, 171, 228, 237, 148, 250, 251, 252, 256, 259, 262, 265, 267, 270, 271, 279, 280, 285, 298, 313, 316, 317, 332, 337, 347, 425, 427, 444, 446, 450, 452, 465, 467, 468, 469, 471, 476, 478, 484, 487, 497, 498, 501, 509, 515, 517, 518, 520, 573, 587, 592, 605, 607, 608, 636, 641, 672, 673, 681, 694, 726, 799, all deal with Israel and her neighbors. All of these resolutions say the UN "strongly condemns" or "Deplores" or "Strongly Deplores" or "Expresses deep concern" for things Israel has done.

Some of the resolutions talk about Israel's failure to abide by the Geneva Convention, while others deal with Israel's annexation of land from another country or bombing a neighbor, or occupying a neighboring country's land. Many are about Israel's repeated deportation of Palestinians.

So Washington and the American media can hype what has caused this new war between Israel and her Arab neighbors, but if you check out the facts, Israel brought a lot of this on with years of terrorizing those people who live near by. There are always two sides to every story, but Washington only wants to see one. Israel is every bit as much of a terrorist state as those countries surrounding her.

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