Do the John Emmons's of the world, with their ideas of moral
equivalency ever follow the news? There are certain inflection points
in most conflicts where it's painfully obvious which side is right and
which side is wrong.
Look at events in the middle east over recent years. For decades
Israel tried to negotiate with Arafat to reach some kind of accord
where Israel and the Palestinians could coexist. In keeping with the
"Can't we all get along?" approach, during the Clinton administration,
Arafat was at the White House more frequently than any other head of
state. Despite the best efforts of Clinton and enticements of huge
amounts of aid to the Palestinians, no agreement could be reached,
despite every attempt to be reasonable with Arafat.
So, a couple years ago, Sharon finally decides to unilaterally give the
Palestinians much of what they could have had decades ago, had they
been willing to negotiate in good faith. He dismantles settlements on
the West Bank and returns Gaza to Palestinian control, a good first
step. What is the reaction from the Palestinians? Do they now do
something positive to meet Israel half way? No, they elect Hamas, a
terrorist organization with the stated goal of destroying Israel to be
their new govt.
Let's look at Lebanon. Israel occupied souther Lebanon in the early
80's because it was being used as a staging area to attack Israeil
There were a UN resolutions calling for Israel to withdraw and for
Lebanon's military to assert control of southern Lebanon. Israel
withdrew from Lebanon 6 years ago, but Lebanon never took control of
southern Lebanon and knowingly allowed Hezbollah to use it as a staging
area. Hezbollah was formed two decades ago with the alleged purpose
of driving Israel out of Lebanaon. Israel has been out of Lebanon for
6 years, giving Hezbollah exactly what they wanted, yet now Hezbollah
starts launching thousands of rockets from Lebanon into Israel.
The above is enough for any fair minded person to conclude which side
is reasonable and really seeking peace and which side is totally
unreasonable and hell bent on continuing the violence at any cost.