A War, Between Friends
"We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon--no alternative." Golda Mier
My colleague, comrade and great friend Jesse Kornbluth (aka beliefnet.com's Swami Uptown) and I have been talking about Israel. In emails. IM's. And now, on our blogs.
We are both Jews. We are both Liberals. We are both Humanists. We are both passionately committed to Ideas.
We often debate. Discuss. Exchange thoughts and sentiments and beliefs. We don't always agree. But we do listen to each other with respect.
And sometimes--but, we hope, with humility and humor--we even argue existential concepts.
There's nothing existential about the current war in the Middle East. It's brutal and bloody. It's polarizing even the best of friends, including us. But it hasn't beaten us. Because we agree on our secret weapon -- Communication.
Jesse and I have been burning up cyberspace with our differing opinions on the Middle East conflict. I am fully--but not blindly--behind Israel. Jesse is far less sure. He is justifiably concerned about the wanton destruction wreaked on innocent civilians by Israel. I am more concerned with the unending havoc and destruction rained down on Israel's citizens by Hezbollah.
So our debate escalates, opinions and articles buzzing fast and furious through the cyber ether. In the process, I'd like to think we're each learning something valuable from the other. Perhaps you could learn something too.
Jesse has aggregated and distilled our recent exchanges here Two Jewish friends debate the new war in the Middle East (Oy, vey).
If only the countries of the Middle East were as receptive to a thoughtful exchange of ideas.