Micah Halpern writes in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
about the problems with moral equivalency:
Let's get this clear from the outset. There is no moral equivalency between the war Israel is waging against Hezbollah and the war Hezbollah is waging against Israel. There is no military equivalency between the war Israel is waging against Hezbollah and the war Hezbollah is waging against Israel. None. No equivalency. Not at all.
Now let's put the conflict into perspective.
Israel is defending itself against a militia that is, first and foremost and to the last dying breath of the last dying Hezbollah fighter, dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Yes, Hezbollah would like to become the centerpiece of the Muslim world, but their platform is based upon one single issue - the destruction of the Jewish state, the Jewish nation and the Jewish people.
When Israeli bombs fall, they are not simply striking out against an enemy, they are defending the country and the people of Israel against a well trained and sophisticated enemy bent on their destruction. Hezbollah is not interested in conquest. Hezbollah is out to destroy Israel.
And their desire to destroy Israel stems from the exact same desire to destroy the rest of the world, the West, and democratic values as well. And just what stemming is that? Islam and the Quran, of course. Read the rest of the article