20 July 2006

"Irresponsibly Inflamatory"

In my last post I said that bloogers are being irresponsibly inflamatory by presenting the images of young Israeli girls writing messages on heavy artillery shells bound for Lebanon adjacent to images of incinerated and dead aand wounded. I stand by the charge and (with due warning that the links are to extremely gruesome images) present this and this and this as evidence. One can be critical of Israel and not say that its actions are morally equivalent to the Nazi bombing of London in WWII. One can find the girl's actions repugnant (actually you can find their parents' condoning of the actions repugnant) and grasp that the girls are not responsible for the deaths in Lebanon. You can find the entire situation disturbing and depressing without losing one's senses altogether. Can't you?


Blogger Μαύρος Γάτος said...

I think the least that one can do is show the world that this is not a "neat" operation" aiming at the Hezbollah. It is a humanitarian tragedy and a crime against humanity.

The situation in the Middle East is not an "inflammation". It is a MASSACRE. Can you see the difference? Do you WANT to see the difference?

To your charges, I reply that it is you who is being irresponsibly idle and indifferent. There is a colossal tragedy going on out there. It may not be nextdoor, but it IS happening. And I have no other way to react but trying to wake up some concienses...

And I think I HAVE done something . Minimal, maybe, but something. What have YOU done?

21 July, 2006 04:20  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

So you reply simply by reasserting that it is OK to call people Nazis and blame children for the deeds of the military? One can "do something" - I already had posted on the "tragedy" - without inflaming it with irrepsonsible rhetoric. Doing "something" may make things worse for all involved - and if you or I are not directly involvedd that is irresponsisble. Sorry.

21 July, 2006 07:44  
Blogger Μαύρος Γάτος said...

For the record, I called nobody a Nazi. A Nazi called me a Nazi and I replied. And I did not blame any children, it is crystal clear that I blame their parents. Just for the recorrd. You've made your point and I've made mine. The injust war out there still goes on.

21 July, 2006 08:09  
Blogger Μαύρος Γάτος said...

Just a small word more. You should be ashamed for posting the word TRAGEDY into brackets. Ashamed. Without brackets.

21 July, 2006 08:11  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

"The NAZI in this situation is the Israeli government, and this is obvious, ...."

Your words not mine. So I would locate the shame elsewhere. Your reply reminds me of my boys when they were very young -- "He started it!" "He called me a name!" - as though that excused anything. So, someone called you a Nazi, so what? You then go on to do precisely what I described - you equate the Israeli government witht he Nazi regime. Stop. That does nothing to "help" anyone. It dehumanizes your adversary and gives vent to your rage. Nothing more.

21 July, 2006 10:00  

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