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Discussions of the tragic situation in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon have been very-heated.  I myself have gone over the top one too many times.  So let's take some time away from fighting with each other about this and let's navel-gaze and look at how nutty some right-wing chickenhawk reactions to this are. . . . .

Michael Totten posts a letter from a liberal Lebanese dude that is very heartfelt and which would anyone (including me (as someone who is sympathetic to Israel's misguided policies here) to question their preconceptions about the wisdom of Israel's policies.  Here's the letter, which is nominally addressed "to Israel":

You've made this country unliveable for the people fighting to disarm Hezbollah.

Guess what? I'm leaving. Yep. Me.

Where am I going? Syria. Didn't want to, but I have to. The people we marched against are the ones you sent us begging to. The people who assassinated our leaders, kept us from having an operating democracy, and who armed Hezbollah are laughing it up because they've won the game because of you.

Bashar Assad said Lebanon would be destroyed if he left. I didn't know the Israelis would play into his game. It's not surprising that Syrian-allied Hezbollah started the mess, but you guys are just vicious.

All my Hezbollah supporting friends are sticking around. They call the rest of us cowards. I guess we are. We want to do scientific research. We want our children to learn how to play the piano. We want to watch our stock porfolios burgeon. We can't do that here any more.

I tried to sympathize with you. I didn't support Hezbollah, and if you look at the posts before this conflict began, I was maligning the political parties that oppose Hezbollah for not doing enough.

I even gave you guys the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of this, as did most Lebanese. Even the Shia, Christians, and Druze in South Lebanon understood your position. Not any more.
Oh, well. I'm a refugee.

Strong letter, right?  What are the right-wing commenters on Totten's website's reactions?

First one:

No offense to your friend, but that's the whinest post I've ever read on here.

Second one -- FROM Pajamas' Media extraordinaire ROGER SIMON!!!:

Your friend ... and everyone else... should definitely read this. He might grow up.

Roger Simon tells someone in the middle of being bombed to "grow up"!!! Roger Simon lives in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles -- I'd like to see how fast he'd wet his pants if someone bombed his house!!!!

The comments continue that way until Totten had to close comments indefinitely because his commenters were such chickenhawk, whiny-ass titty babies.

Originally posted to NewDem on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 11:54 AM PDT.

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