When I write about certain topics in my newsletter I sometimes play a little game with myself. I try to guess how many people will unsubscribe that day! I am pretty good at predicting high unsubscribe days. Itâ€™s easy. All I have to do is point out obvious, true, factual, verifiable but negative aspects about Israel, religion (mostly Christianity) or Democrats and bingo; let the unsubscribe extravaganza begin! I think out of everything I am exposed to in this line of work the most disturbing thing I face is knowing that some of the good people who turn to me for information and perhaps some perspective on the issues we face still refuse to admit that some of the things that they believe in may not be true.
I hate to be the first one to say this but there are bad apples everywhere and some of those apples are huge! Just yesterday the wonderful do no wrong Israelis once again obliterated a family of innocent civilians. Nineteen men, women and children bombed to death in a single action. This is one of hundreds of such events that take place at the hands of the Israelis where thousands of innocent civilians are killed. Time and time again Israelâ€™s actions get condemned by human rights organizations, the UN and nations around the world, sans America. Israel is responsible for the deaths of more innocent civilians than all the Palestinian terrorists combined, and that is a verifiable undisputed fact.
Each time one of these so called mistakes is made by Israel we are told that they will launch an internal investigation into the â€œunfortunate mistakeâ€. These investigations usually entail the explicit exclusion of outside investigative bodies and the investigation virtually always ends without finding any fault on the part of the Israelis.
In the mean time Iraq is getting ready to hang Saddam Hussein for killing 148 Kurds in the 80s. There is something unfair and unbalanced about the perception of the actions of Israel as compared to Saddam. We have grown accustomed to viewing atrocities that we or our friends commit with rose colored glasses. I wonder how people would feel about these events if they saw them all listed together without the culprits being identified. I wonder if people would still view one event as a non event and the other event as a hangable offense.
I guess I wonder most about why people turn away from me when I think out loud about things like this as I search for answers. I wonder when people will realize that finding and admitting fault is the only way to prevent that fault from getting worse. Most of all I wonder why my list will shrink once again today.Â Â Â Â Think about it!