2014-07-22 – I get angry at my fellow liberal Jews who are unwilling to give Israel the slack to defend itself from attack. A military defense is not going to be perfect. Mistakes will be made in the heat of the moment. You give plenty of slack to the other side. Give your own side some slack too! Jews have a right to live, just like everyone else. Give your own side some slack!
But not too much.
Jews and Arabs have been at each other for generations. The tactics have been the same for all these years. Innocents die on both sides. And no progress is made one way or the other. It’s not because of giving your side some slack to defend itself. It’s from giving your side slack in . . . well, every other way. On both sides.
It’s not just the perpetrators of the violence. It’s the middle-of-the roaders that give the extremist license to kill innocents. To block peace.
And not just in the Middle East. Who in Ukraine is rushing to cover for the madmen who shot down a civilian airliner? I don’t have an answer to this (though I have a suspicion). But if it is the separatists, Russia is covering. If it is Ukraine, the United States is covering.
It seems like everyone is an accessory to murder. Everyone except the innocent but dead.