Thu, 3 Aug 2006 21:26:30 -0700 (PDT)
A friend of mine who I am not sure wants to be identified
Israel & War in general
This is an email sent to me by a republican friend. When I posted The NPR series “Middle East: a Century in Conflict” It was an attempt to get the facts straight on the history of this conflict. I would have liked to have some comments on the transcripts as I found them very interesting. Evidently most people thought they were too long or to boring.
To this end I am posting my friend’s email:
I notice you have several articles on your blog re. the Middle East.
Thought you might be interested in what these conservative (usually Christian) sites have to say, since this may showcase a perspective you are not familiar with:
This now rare flavor of conservatism is known as Paleoconservatism.
Keep in mind these are people who have been ostracized from the Republican Party. They are conservative, unlike you, but they are not hypocrites. They place God, small government, freedom, & Humanity first, unlike many "Republican Christians" who are cheerleading death & genocide in the Middle East. In other words they live & practice what they preach, unlike those individuals, who really worship Nationalism & the Flag.
Isn't it ironic that one of the most oppressed and suffering groups in the birthplace of Christianity is ... Christians. Our wars & those encouraged by us have nearly extinguished through death or emmigration the entire Christian population of the Holy Land. Few people will agree in public with Paleoconservatives due to the fear of being smeared as anti-semetic. Sort of like being accused of bigotry and racism for criticizing Jesse Jackson or William Jefferson. No rational discussions required. The shrill accusation of racism trumps all arguments.
You might also be interested on just why the Pope has expressed dismay re. the wars in Iraq in Lebanon. It is based on "Just War Doctrine" which you can google. In a nutshell, the doctrine states that war is permitted and justified if certain criteria are met. These wars do not meet the criteria.
On the other hand, perhaps this stuff is too HOT for your blog. But perhaps you may still find it interesting to see that not all conservateves and/or republicans march in lock-step.
Just my two cents.