Israel has been at war almost since its founding. It entered the promised land as conquerors with a mandate from God. It did not complete the mandate, and was plauged with battles ever since with few respites.
As it wandered from God, God punished them by taking them out of Israel to Babylon (modern day Iraq) and did not let them return for 70 years. After many years and many times that God tried to get His people to do what they should, including sending His own Son whom they rejected, He finally scattered them among the nations.
Fast foward to 1948 and the nation of Israel is reborn, but not without strife. Jordan, Syria and Egypt are sworn to remove this Jewish people and accept nothing but the entire land. And this is where we are today. Israel continually shows that it is blessed by God, that it has superior firepower, and that it will not let itself be vanquished by the Arab foe.
The Arabs claim the land as their own, and shift tactics from frontal assaults, to suicide bombers, and now through the taking of hostages from Israel trying to extract concessions. The Arabs use time and the press to make themselves seem like the victims. The woman pictured is a Lebanese woman shown after an attack. We’re to feel sympathy for her– while we are supposed to ignore that her country permits terrorists to live there and to launch missle attacks on Israel. We’re supposed to feel a sense of grief and side with the “underdog” and overlook that these terrorists want the death and destruction of a nation and are willing to abduct or kill innocents.
We’re presented with the one side– just go try to find pictures of the battle. You’ll find many more of the Lebanse than you will of the men abducted, the families that have been torn apart. What a selective memory we have when pictures are used. What a picture is painted for us by those that have the duty to present us with information.
When you think about the size of the land of Israel, and you think about the lifestyle these people have to have (worried about car bombs, suicide bombers, nuclear attack) about what their neighbors could do, what they are saying about you, and what they have done in the past, it becomes painfully clear who the victims are.