A man is being torn to shreds by a grizzly bear. An armed park ranger looks on while refusing to intervene. When asked why, the ranger states that he thinks the root causes of bear attacks on humans need to first be addressed. People need to understand that bears are dangerous wild animals, and should not be fed or approached. While the ranger is busy explaining this, the attack victim has just had his carotid artery torn open.
The refusal by the US to push a cease-fire thus far in the Israel-Lebanon conflict - under the pretense that the root causes of that conflict must first be addresed - is shameful and immoral. Never was that clearer than this weekend, when a single Israeli bomb took out dozens of Lebanese children at once. Even Israel thought that was too much and ceased bombing - for a time.
Indeed, the root causes of any problem need to be addressed, but in the meantime you do need to treat the symptoms. You don't know why you're getting headaches, but you still know you need that aspirin to alleviate them. It's just common sense. But I do realize politics and common sense can't exist in the same place at the same time.
Only now, after weeks of bombing and pressure from the UN and our allies has the US even been willing to say the words "cease-fire." Lebanon, Syria and Iran may not have been doing enough to stop Hezbollah, but the US hasn't been doing enough to stop the bombs coming from the "good guys," which are just as deadly as any terrorist's bombs.
The US's unquestioning allegiance to Israel hasn't made us any friends, and I dare say our refusal do anything in the current conflict (granted, it is not our conflict) has strained some of our existing friendships. We are the park ranger, and we've made a big booboo.
PART II: DEFRAGMENTATION
A new post is up over on Fragmentia 13, and will likely be the last of its kind. At least, in its present form.
Instead of doing a weekly post on a second site, I'm going to do occasional F13 posts here on BogsBlog. Scant readership (of F13) and increasing demands on my time make this a sensible direction for me.
I invite you to read the F13 archives for any "bite-sized slices of life" you may have missed. Some of them are quite tasty!
Here's a morsel for today:
All The Rage Down Under
What is it about malfunctioning American phones that drives Australian actors into a rage?