No humanity to see here at all. Don’t look at these pictures, for fear that you might be tempted to see this man and these communities as people incredibly loved by God. Don’t consider the fact that this man had both his legs blown off in his house, and four of his children seriously injured. And please, please, don’t see these urban neighborhoods in Haifa and Beirut and think that people lived there: buy the party line. For the Israelis, this neighborhood was a “Hezbollah stronghold.” For Hezbollah, any attack on Israel is one on worthless land usurpers and “infidels.” The problem here is if we engaged our thinking processes and saw each life that has been ripped out of this world or seriously wounded has worth, we might be tempted as Christ-followers to think “loving our neighbor” applies to them, and maybe, just maybe, could make the terribly un-pragmatic and extremist move of recognizing we’re called to give our lives for them, as Christ was willing to do for us. Because God so loves the world, not just me (and those most like me).
And please, please, at all costs avoid putting yourself in their shoes…a terrible move if you want to make decisions objectively. So look quickly, and click away quickly. Then we can all maintain the proper distance and declare war “necessary” and continue to consider them nothing more than a number, a means to an end.
p.s. Avoid this link, too, of a jurist panel deciding there are significant war crimes offenses on both sides already. I wasn’t surprised at their Israeli ruling, but I was surprised to find that Hezbollah can be charged under the Geneva Convention as well.
Lebanese death toll: 340 and rising (mostly civilians)
Israeli death toll: 34 and rising