A desperate plea for intelligent politics from my friend Robert Arnold:
The best metaphor I've seen for what is happening in Lebanon right now: It is the moral equivalent of carpet-bombing Chicago because Al Capone is operating there.
Sorry to send you all this political rant, but this bill that congress just passed (H.R.921) by a vote of 410-8 is making me crazy. The bill expresses unconditional support of Israel in their current
wholesale destruction of Lebanon. Despite over 350 civilians killed and 500,000 - that's half a million (about 15% of the country's population) - made refugees, it praises Israel for their
"longstanding commitment to minimizing civilian loss".
It contains no call for restraint. It announces to the world that the US is completely out of touch with the rest of the world, who unanimously condemn Hezbollah for their provocation (they kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers, and have killed about 35 Israelis in the course of the war), but also condemn Israel for its utterly out-of-proportion response.
Your Representative likely voted for this awful bill (Pelosi did). If you don't like that, I highly suggest you call them (I did.)
I expect this kind of thing from the administration, but couldn't the Democrats at least pretend to be an opposition party from time to time? Maybe with a little prodding? You can find their numbers here:
The only sensible course is an immediate cease-fire, but the US has actually vetoed a UN resolution calling for one.
Um, looks like it's us and Israel against the world... (even Britain is changing its tune: http://snipurl.com/tst5)
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