Doug Hagin
July 26, 2006
Why the left blames Israel more than Hezbollah
By Doug Hagin

When I was in school, I like most students, hated tests. Although I did not enjoy tests, I did prefer multiple-choice questions. They made me think before answering. Often times two or more answers seemed to be correct until they were thought out. Eventually one answer separated itself from the others and it suddenly seemed obvious to me.

In the spirit of multiple choice test questions, I thought it might be instructive to offer my own multiple-choice question for my readers. No grade will be given, but hopefully, after the several optional answers are weighed, a clear choice will emerge.

Therefore, here is the question to ponder. In the current war in which Israel is battling Hezbollah, the left seems largely to be more critical of Israel than of the terrorists of Hezbollah. Why is the left choosing to blame Israel more than Hezbollah?

Read the following answers carefully and choose the one that best answers the question presented to you.

A) Leftists really see a bigger threat from Israel to world peace than from Islamic terrorists.

B) Leftists hate war so much, that they are completely incapable of seeing any justification for war at any time or for any reason, including a nation defending itself.

C) There is an underlying, but deeply held feeling of anti-Semitism, in many the hearts of many Leftists.

D) For all their self-proclaimed open-mindedness, Leftists are unable to recognize evil or to grasp that evil must be faced and defeated or it will destroy us all.

OK kids we have the question and the possible answers, so let us now endeavor to find the best answer.

A) Leftists really see a bigger threat from Israel to world peace than from Islamic terrorists.

Certainly, it does seem that the far left gets more distressed over Israeli strikes against terrorist groups than by the terror attacks against Israel, which cause the Israeli action. It seems that you can hear the proverbial crickets chirping when Hamas or Hezbollah commit some evil act against innocent Israeli civilians. Yet, when Israel uses its military might to go after the perpetrators of these terrorist acts, the far left goes into hyperbolic overload. They scream about innocent civilians being killed by Israel. They rant about violence not being the answer, and accuse Israel of creating terrorism by defending themselves. Very good answer let us examine the next one.

B) Leftists hate war so much, that they are completely incapable of seeing any justification for war at any time or for any reason, including a nation defending itself.

There seems to be a lot of weight behind this answer too. Surely, the left never seems to approve of any military action by any free nation, even if that nation has been attacked, or is directly threatened. Again, we can certainly point to the slogans the left trots out at the "peace "rallies. "Make love not war," "War is never the answer," and of course "give peace a chance" all seem to peg the left as so ideologically opposed to war that they will never be able to see justification for war. War kills; killing is bad, so therefore, in the Leftist's mind, war is always bad. Lots of weight behind answer B as well. On to the next one.

C) There is an underlying, but deeply held feeling of anti-Semitism, in many the hearts of many Leftists.

This one might, at first glance, seem ridiculous and easily dismissible, but consider how many leftist groups are holding rallies in support of Hezbollah. I personally have been witness to Leftists questioning if Israel has a right to exist. I have had Leftists tell me they think Israel is more to blame than Hezbollah for the current conflict. Notice how many Leftists support the ideal that Palestine is the victim of Israeli oppression. Finally consider how many Leftists will say Israel is a terrorist state, or that the terror groups attacking Israel are "only using the only weapons they have." Do not dismiss the anti-Semitism, that is bubbling under the surface of modern day leftist extremism.

D) For all their self-proclaimed open-mindedness, Leftists are unable to recognize evil or to grasp that evil must be faced and defeated or it will destroy us all.

Boy, this one seems to nail it head on doesn't it? I mean consider the left was never able to charge the Soviet Union with being evil because it committed horrible acts against its own people while crushing their liberty. Likewise, the left embraces evil dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez on a regular basis. Consider also how T-shirts with the picture of Che Guerrera are so popular with Leftists. Certainly if the far left cannot recognize evil in these monsters, how can they see it in terrorists?

So, my friends picked your answer yet? Many good reasons to select A, B, C, or D aren't there? Want to know which answer yours truly picks? E, ALL OF THE ABOVE!

© Doug Hagin

 

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Doug Hagin

Doug Hagin was born in Tampa, Florida, and now resides in Dallas, Texas. Doug has been writing political columns for nearly a decade... (more)

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