On Monday, the Commission charged with investigating Israel's military campaign against Lebanon last summer issued its scathing report to Prime M
On Monday, the Commission charged with investigating Israel's military campaign against Lebanon last summer issued its scathing report to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon broke down the contents of the report and noticed some staggering parallels between the conduct of Olmert and Bush.
All of this underscores a fundamental difference between Israel and the right-wing faction in the U.S. For Israel -- whatever else you might think about its policies and government -- war is an extremely serious matter. They don't send other people's children off to fight the wars they cheer on; their own children fight the wars. During the invasion of Lebanon, missiles continuously landed deep in Israeli territory, killing killing or wounding hundreds and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes or live in bomb shelters.
Only people who have adolescent views of war -- only people for whom war is a distant, cartoon concept and not a reality, the primary purpose of which is to endow themselves with personal sensations of strength, power and purpose in the most risk-free manner possible -- have the luxury of indulging such fantasies. That is why the Israelis do not and cannot, whereas America's right-wing pretend warriors embrace those fantasies with increasing vigor and desperation as the failure of their wars become more inescapable. Read more...