At the same time that these insane actions on the part of EU governments are taking place, certain mainstream media outlets appear to be happy to join in the anti-Semitism cause — at least by proxy. For instance, Reuters, a major wire source for news organizations around the world, was forced to pull a photo of damage caused by an Israeli air strike after it was discovered to have been doctored. Many other Reuters photos from the recent violence have also been called into question.
Throughout this crisis, I have been monitoring all of the major news networks. With the exception of FOX News, I have seen a major imbalance of coverage that seems to tilt toward supporting the Hezbollah cause. Many of the reports are of civilian casualties in Lebanon. By comparison, there has been little mention of what is happening on the ground in Israel. These media outlets are being spoon-fed the PR spin by Hezbollah operatives and they are eating it up like babies in a high chair.
Meanwhile, in many European countries, anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise. In some extreme cases (Hollywood to be more specific), this fever has even made its way to America.
From Mel Gibson's recent drunken remarks about Jews to comments about Israel made by EU countries like Italy and Spain, it has now become the "in thing" to blame Israel for the world's problems. Many European and Middle Eastern nations appear to be seeking the advice of pathetic and corrupt officials like UN Leader Kofi Anon.
Anon and his cohorts were happy to sit back and point dirty fingers at Israel. All the while, UN Peacekeepers were playing sand volleyball as Hezbollah set up missile launchers aimed at Israeli villages just across the ridge from UN monitoring posts — the same posts that were charged with keeping the peace. It was Kofi Anon and his group of elitists who failed to enforce their own actions, Resolution No. 1559, which was signed in December 2004, which lead to this latest bloodshed.
Israel has every right to defend itself and I applaud the Bush administration as well as allies like England who are standing up for that right. But I fear that this conflict has only just begun.
We have all heard it said that "those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it." I propose an additional line to that old statement — those who do study history will probably repeat it as well. These same European nations that now fear supporting Israel and condemning Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria, all took the same route of appeasement as the dark cloud of Nazism grew across the globe in World War II.
Their refusal to confront Hitler before he became powerful led to more death and destruction than there ever should have been. So many lives could have been spared by confronting the enemies of freedom head on.
In our age of so-called enlightenment, it is unbelievable to me that it has become popular to hate the people of a peaceful and prosperous nation and praise the deeds of the wicked. The global diplomats shock and dismay me in their lack of wisdom concerning this conflict. The path of appeasing the bully and blaming the victim has never worked before and it will not work now. Because I have studied history, I fear many more innocent people will have to die before any lasting peace is reached.