August 4, 2006

Clarification of Bias

No blogger in the world can seriously claim they are “objective” in the literal sense. That includes me.

My traffic is much higher than usual lately, and there are lots of unfamiliar names in the comments. I'm getting all kinds of emails from people I've never heard of before who don't seem to understand me at all.

So let me clarify something here for people who don't know me and who misunderstand where I'm coming from: I hope Israel wins the war against Hezbollah. There is no alternate universe where I can possibly hope that a democratic country loses a war against terrorists.

My affection and concern for Lebanon is obvious, I know, but I'm rather surprised that my opposition to Hezbollah isn't equally obvious. They threatened me personally with violence, and they scream Death to America as well as Death to Israel as part of their daily routine.

If you can't understand how I can sympathize with both non-Hezbollah Lebanon and Israel at the same time, well, I don't know what to tell ya. The now-forgotten Cedar Revolution has something to do with it, and I also lived there for six months. It is, or at least was, a wonderful place despite all its problems.

One thing everyone should realize by now, including my Lebanese readers: If Hezbollah wins, Israel and Lebanon are both really screwed.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 4, 2006 6:24 PM
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