Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Creationism Explained by Soda and Bananas

Watch the video first:

If that is the basis of belief in Creationism or God in general I'm going to cry. It's not only sad that people believe people like these two - but enough people believe it that they make a TV show about it. I also found it interesting that William Paley's famous watchmaker proof (If you find a watch in the desert there must have been a watchmaker...) is re-invented to soda. And yes, that's Kirk Cameron of Growing Pains (and brother to Candice Cameron of Full House).

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Israel's War

I loved Charles Krauthammer's recent Op-Ed called 'Disproportionate' in What Moral Universe? I've been reading a lot of negative critiques (not just by those who would be labeled anti-Israel) that the military response to Hezbollah is disproportionate. I could not disagree anymore with them anymore.

When the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, it did not respond with a parallel "proportionate" attack on a Japanese naval base. It launched a four-year campaign that killed millions of Japanese, reduced Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to cinders, and turned the Japanese home islands into rubble and ruin.

Disproportionate? No. When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one has every right -- legal and moral -- to carry the fight until the aggressor is disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again. That's what it took with Japan.

It would be easy to respond that indeed WWII was one big Human rights violation by today's standards. Dresden, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, etc. These are notorious for Allied bombings that killed thousands of civilians, but the Allied Forces believed that it was necessary to purposefully inflict these damages to end the war.

Even if Israel is purposefully inflicting civilian casualties they might be justified according to Krauthammer, but I refuse to believe that the IDF would do that. We've seen evidence for the last four years (Jenin, Gaza, etc.) that shows that the IDF is willing to risk the lives of their soldiers to prevent civilian deaths. As Krauthammer explained we're dropping leaflets warning of an impending attack giving Hezbollah time to evacuate, but we must be the or l'goyim - we must show the world how to properly deal with terrorists cowardly hiding among civilians.

So is Israel disproportionate? No. It seems to me that Israel has a stronger moral backing than the Allied forces had in WWII. It will not be easy and more soldiers (like my friend Michael Levin)
h"vs will be killed, but we must defend ourselves.

What Olmert needs to explain to the world that we cannot give up while our civilians are still being attacked. If it takes another week to destroy Hezbollah, go for it. But do not stop this campaign until the threat is finished.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

I received word tonight from my sister that a friend of mine (I'm closer with his twin sister - who was working with my sister at the time) was killed today in Lebanon in the village of Aita al-Shaab. He is one of the (so far) unnamed Sanchanim that were killed today in His name has not been released by the IDF (though the family has been contacted) yet - I assume because he is a Chayal Boded.

I have not seen my friend in nearly two years since I randomly ran into him on Ben Yehuda Street a year after he made Aaliyah and joined the army. He could not have been happier then when he was fighting for his country. The only consolation I can offer his family is that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do with his life. I truly believe that had he known what was going to happen to him - to be killed by Hezbollah defending his country - he would have joined the army anyway.