6 thoughts on “IDF Suffers Highest Lebanon Losses to Date, 9 Dead, at Bint Jbail – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Nice analysis Mr. Silverstein. I wish we could stimulate such a discussion in the US media. I think the up coming events in the region will unfold in the manner you described in previous blogs. HS

  2. Hi. I don’t want to aggrevate you with this post. This is my first time to your site, so I haven’t been able to look thru all of it.

    Anyhow, though I think the loss of any life is sad, I must remind you that over 300 Arabs have been killed in this war (I’m sorry, I can’t seem to remember if it was solely Lebanese or Palestinian as well). Both sides are having losses but 9 killed as compared to a few hundred killed is nothing. I think it’s sad that these people have died at all, however, we must be cognizant of the fact that in that 300 a lot of civilians (I think mostly civilians) have been killed. That means they were not combatants and were just victims. At times like these, I ask that you remember the victims of both sides in your prayers. Muslims haave a saying (I believe it is from the Qur’an) that if you kill one life, it is as if you killed all of humanity. And if you save one life, it is as if you saved all of humanity.


  3. Oh, and again, I wasn’t trying to insinuate that Arabs who lost their lives are better than the Israelis who lost theirs. I just wanted to make sure we all know the numbers. Though I haven’t checked, I’m sure that those who were Israeli soldiers and died were probably young as well. It’s just sad in general that so many people have to die. 🙁

  4. Your comment has not aggravated me at all. But I do think you misunderstood the point of my post. It was not to say that the 9 Israeli dead were more valuable or worthwhile than the Lebanese dead. The point of this post was to show the utter waste of human life for both sides of the conflict.

    The Muslim saying you mention is a Jewish saying as well (from our Talmud). In fact, the Muslim derivation of the saying may be from our tradition. Anyway, I assure you that I believe in those sayings and my opposition to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon stems fr. my desire to save lives on both sides.

  5. I reread your original post. It doesn’t seem like you were saying the Israeli life was more valuable. I didn’t mean to make it seem that way. It’s just that I, personally, get annoyed when people say that 9 Israelis were killed when they don’t recall that there are casualities on both sides and in this case the numbers aren’t equal. I didn’t mean to make it seem as if you condoned such a thought process, I just wanted to make sure that you knew about the casualities on both sides (which I had supposed you already knew).

    And it is quite possible that the Muslim saying is derived from the Talmud. Actually, I think it’s quite probable since Muslims do see themselves as coming from the same line with the same God sending a message.

    And I commend you on your desire to save lives on both sides. We need to save people wihtout discrimination. Regardless of our personal political views, the loss of human life is upsetting in any case. It shouldn’t matter whose side someone was on because in the end we’re all part of humanity and must look out for one another.


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