I am not certain why I am even broaching this subject. I am nowhere close to an expert & while I did get 75% on my 4 page essay in 2nd year Politics on how the entire crisis could be solved, that only worried me about the quality of the course, rather than my intelligence.
But this morning, over my coco pops, I watched as some ‘expert’ did discuss the whole Israel-Lebanon conflict of late. She is for the Israeli side, which is perhaps why I put her title in inverted commas as this means you hear the Israeli version of the situation, not an objective expert’s researched opinion.
I nearly threw my bowl of chocolate puffs of joy at the tv in frustration as she was getting me so mad. Yes she had some valid points BUT they were completely one-sided.
“The Israelis dropped thousands of pamphlets on Beirut warning the people that the city was going to be bombed and that they should move south as soon as possible”. ie. Get the fck out of your homes and flee, cos whether you like it or not we are going to destroy your world here & all you own & all you know & all you hold dear.
Imagine right now, as you read this, a message comes over the radio/internet/piece of paper dropped from a plane, “We are coming to drop heavy destructive bombs on you right now so we would appreciate you moving swiftly out of the area”. Would you move? And would you appreciate how nice it is of this attacker to forewarn you? Bet you wouldn’t. I bet you would be pissed off or take your chances by staying. Where would you flee to anyway?
The presenter then said that it is all well and nice to tell people to hit the road and move away but that the Israelis have bombed all the roads and so it was a little difficult for people to just hop in a car and head off.
“Expert” replies that, yes, well, there was no option but to bomb the roads, as the conduits for moving weapons need to be eliminated.
Yes, but….don’t you kinda get the presenter’s point.
But she didn’t.
And it was the same issue the other day when I saw a Lebanese woman speaking on a tv broadcast. That same one-sided report of the sitaution, laced with complete anger for the other side.
And this is my point…
When you watch these people explain the situation to you, their speech and explanations expose one thing. They are completely unwilling to look at the situation from the other perspective. Even for a second. To break that anger & compromise in order resolve a crisis.
They both have valid points and arguments, but surely if they hope for any peace, they need to actually witness life from, let alone have a miniscule amount of empathy for, the other side of the ideology.
Friend in Israel sent this mail to me on Friday:
I am fine, there were 8 bombs here in the last hour. I can tell you that it is quite an adrenalin rush. You hear the siren and then you hear the bombs which are very close and very load. 19 people are injured.
No word from a friend who was in Beirut recently.