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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Disproportionate Disbelief
by Bonjo
Last night I watched an hour of CNN's Middle East coverage. The entire hour was spent detailing the damage inflicted upon Lebanon by Israel. I kept waiting for the correspondent "south of the border" to cover damage done by Hezbollah rockets, or show video of injured Israeli citizens from Haifa.

While I waited, I browsed some news sites, and found a 100+ photo collection on the page of a national news syndication service. Each picture depicted protests against the Israeli government, or pictures of injured Lebanese civilians. I assumed, in vain, that the "next picture" would be of the damaged Israeli rail terminal, or a burning Israeli home.

I finally turned off the TV when one Palestinian man stated, "Israel has been violently attacking civilians without any provocation."

I may not be an expert on the politics of the Middle East. But if memory serves, I have spent years listening to reports of bombings and attacks--on ISRAEL--by its neighbors. It would appear that Hezbollah's "get out of retaliation free" card has expired. Hezbollah is the definition of "provocation".

For balance in this story, I refer you to some of my blogosphere associates, and other interesting parties:

Paul Kujawsky explains the situation with disproportionate intelligence and style, courtesy of our pals The Hedgehogs.

Josh Gellers, expresses his frustration at the disproportionate bias in Middle East reporting

AbbaGav, writing from Israel, responds with a disproportionate roundup of his humorous writings on the subject

Cox and Forkum, with their usual comedic flair, illustrate the absurdity of the situation: "Notice that no one cried 'disproportionate response' when Hamas demanded 1,200 prisoners in exchange for one Israeli hostage. Hamas and Hezbollah aren't playing a game of proportions, why should Israel?"
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"It is not disbelief that is dangerous to our society; it is belief." George Bernard Shaw

Also, many republics were also socialist or communist
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