Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2
When bloggers worry, they write. When bloggers get angry, they write. And when bloggers get inspired, they write. Therefore, when war breaks out in Israel, bloggers write. And write and write and write. But with only so many hours in the day, how do we choose which words to read?
Turn to Ima on the Bima, who has done an incredible job of organizing the dozens of posts that have been written this week about the war in Israel (and other topics) in Haveil Havalim #199, "The We Can't Stop Twittering/Blogging/Reading/Worrying/Watching/What's Going On in Israel Right Now Edition...."
Meanwhile, Flash, who is only 15 and doesn't really remember much about previous Israel/Arab clashes, is incensed about the words being used to describe the IDF by the anti-Israel protesters he sees on TV: aggressors, occupiers, cruel, murderers. "How can they say those things?" he asks. "Don't they know that this is all the Arabs' fault? Don't they understand that Israel has to defend itself?" And I explain, over and over again, that they don't really want to see, they don't really want to understand. That hatred and anti-semitism and stupidity will trump reason and logic and morality every time. But still, the words he is hearing deeply offend his adolescent sensibility that the world must always be just and fair. He is learning, it seems, about the power that words hold to distort reality and move people to act in ways that are often unjust. It would be nice if the world's media outlets shared his insight.
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