The Lebanese do not look like raving maniacs, and I don't think Israel has had a war before where the opposing country comes over so well. Lebanon is not like other Arab countries. The Lebanese do not look like women-oppressing Saudis, or enraged barbaric Palestinians, or a raving Shi'te mob. They look like us: they look like people in Miami living under shelling. Hell, many of them are Christian, perhaps 40%.
Some IM correspondents have asked me about my opinion. Here it is.
I support Israel. I think both the West and the Islamic World owe Jews an immense apology for the way (worse in the West) both civilizations treated Jews. I think anti-Semitism in the Arab world is disgusting. And I think, as a gay man, Israel is the only country in the Middle East (outside Turkey) I could live in. And if it comes down to it, I am on the Israeli side.
But, I will not count an Arab life (Chistian or Muslim) as less than a Jewish or "American" life.
I have indeed noticed that there is a helluva lot of PR going around me. [We have 350+ dead on both sides after 12 days. Damned, more people have died from driving accidents in Israel in this period. More people died in the first 30 seconds of the Somme in 1916.]
This is a skirmish in the wider scheme of things. I think people suggesting the thesis that were are beginning WWIII have jumped the shark. I could be wrong, but...(See if I am wrong).
[And, since we are all racist, the world has just ignored Darfur, AND the coming Somali-Ethiopian War, AND the Tsunami in Java.]