A plea has come to my attention, one that asks for Catholics to take action, and if we blog, we are to comment in our blog. The plea comes from a Traditional Catholic site, and the plea is, IMHO, very anti-semetic. I will not provide links to that site, nor will I mention the name. What I will do is encourage Catholics to pray for peace in the Middle-East. Pray for the plight of our Maronite brothers and sisters in Lebanon especially. Do penance, prayer and fasting, as our Holy Father asked for last Sunday.
We, sitting behind our computer screens in the comfort of air conditioned homes in the United States, must also be careful not to just buy into the propaganda from ANY side in this debate. How culpable are the residents of Lebanon in their silence while the Hezbollah build up tens of thousands of terrorist weapons? The short-range rockets have very little true military use - they are meant to shoot "toward" a city-sized target (civilians) in hopes they may hit something which will cause terror among the targeted people. They are not precise enough to be used against any valid military target.
In researching this article I also found some accusing the media (in general) of lying regarding the taking of hostages by Hezbollah. The claim they are making is that these soldiers were allegedly "arrested" in Lebanon. I have a couple problems (at least) with that claim. 1) Hezbollah is not the Lebaneese police. 2) Those Israeli soldiers were attacked, one was killed and two were taken hostage with the demand for a "prisoner exchange." The anti-semetic article overlooks these facts.