Live from an Israeli bunker

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Could this be the end of Bunker Blog?

The nay sayers certainly wish so. No, relax I'm not going anywhere. Anywhere except Canada that is. This is a planned trip, nothing I can do about that, I'll be gone for a few weeks on vacation. It feels strange to leave now in the midst of it all, I know others who left because they didn't want to risk it and I don't blame them. But still, I have mixed feelings about this.

Anyhow, some thanks are in order. So here goes:
First off I'd like to thank Roger Simon of Pajamas Media. In case you didn't know, Pajamas Media is a network of over 90 blogs, a lot of them covering this war. I honestly think this is the future of newsmaking, in a decade probably or less, this will overtake mainstream media. I'm proud to be part of a larger thing. Check out Politics Central, they have a podcast up with Lebanese bloggers as well, not unlike my own. I think you can see what they are doing, this beats CNN hands down. I'd also like to thank Gerard Van der Leun for suggestions and guidance, not to mention cheering me up during our talks.

Daniel Sieberg for the mention on CNN (you can see it on the right in the media section), Mekahlo Medina for interviewing me on NBC4, Ric Ottaiano (and Kender) from WideAwakes Radio for having me on for half an hour as well as Tamar of IsraelNationalRadio, Chris Vallance of the BBC for having me on as part of a podcast, Amar Bakshi of the Washington Post for getting in touch and linking to me from the website (with perhaps a co-operation in the future).

For the hundreds of people who linked to me from their blogs, first and formost Allison who linked to me first and probably the one who's responsible for discovering me. As well as CBC.ca, tagesschau.de, and NPR.org for the mentions. And everybody else who I might have forgotten to add. (like the papers who wrote about and interviewed me)

I think it's important to get the word out and getting so much attention has been great and wonderful but most of all it makes me feel like I've succeeded somewhat with what I'm trying to do. You can find on Allison's blog a transcript showing that the Hezbollah is waging a sophisticated public relations war, a war that I think Israel is losing, and I'm trying in my own way to rectify that.


The black spots are where IAF attacked. On TV that's what you see over and over again, not the rest.


I've also talked in the previous post that even Anderson Cooper is not buying into it anymore. I won't deny there is suffering on the other side, but how much and why and because of whom is what most people miss.

This blog averaged three posts a day and an interview every other day. It received an inordinate amount of traffic for such a short time (in fact if this keeps up it can very easily reach 1 million within a year), a third of new visitors come back regularly and most people spend more then ten minutes on it each visit. It has received over 1000 comments.

I'm still going to try and post from time to time while on my trip, and theres a good chance this blog will have guest authors for the duration of my leave. I can only hope then when I come back "full time" I won't have to write about this and it will resolved. It doesn't look like it right now however. Either way, there will always be more to say and more to report about and that's what I will be doing. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog these past two weeks and and perhaps learned some new and useful information, tell others, spread the word.

As I said before, I'm not alone in doing what I do, here are a few others to hold you over (oh boy, I hope you comeback and won't exclusively migrate to them):
Atals Shrugs, LittleGreen Footablls, Israelity, My Haifa counterpart, Kesher Talk, Truth Laid Bear, Huffington Post, Open Lebanon.

I probably missed a bunch so add them in the comments.
Finally I want to thank you, the reader, for wanting to find out more and listening.

Today we had 8 soldiers die and 26 injured, and much more then a hundred rockets fired at the north. I also hear that a suicide bomber may be in the loose in Haifa. Looking outside I can't see anybody, I don't hear any traffic, and in 5 hours time come dawn the sound of birds will not start the day but probably a siren instead. It's so silent that I could probably hear a rocket crash 20-30 miles from here. A million peoples lives are in limbo (just like myself), not being able to go outside or work. Some people moved south and have been met with open arms by strangers, what other country do you hear about that happening? But like I said before, we can do this rocket thing all day, for as long as we have to let the IDF get the job done and do it right.

Stay safe, be strong, this too shall pass like so many times it has before.
Goodnight, and I'll see you all in a little while, remember folks keep on blogging.

53 Comments:

  • If you are heading to Ottawa or Montreal, you will have the "luck" to meet many of your ennemies there (50,000 Lebanese in Ottawa, and 150,000 in Monytreal).
    Bon voyage!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 AM  

  • The Lebanese are not my enemies, those who support Hezbollah are. Perhaps these two groups intersect but don't generalize like that.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:05 AM  

  • Hope you have fun in Canada! (That is where I am from).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:33 AM  

  • Eugene, we're going to miss you! But I'm so glad you're going to Canada for a couple of weeks. You may be feeling conflicted about leaving at such a time, but I sure feel relieved for you! I'll keep checking back, but I truly hope that your blog will be about just a really intelligent 17 year old's life in Israel when you return. I want this war to be over for everyone's sake.
    In the right time, when the job has been done, it will end.
    Thank you for the window you have provided to us readers-- and indeed, the PR help you've given Israel. You are awesome.

    By Blogger Yaakova, at 1:33 AM  

  • Eugene:
    Every seventeen year old should experience the "culture" of Canada let me point you in the right direction.
    http://www.realbeer.com/canada/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 AM  

  • thank you so much for the posts. the info and insights were great. kol hakavod!
    -ben

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 AM  

  • hey man thanks for the blog in america we have hard time catching news not sensored by the main stream media its nice to see clearly and alowed to make up our minds

    anyways good luck and have fun in cannada if you have any problems just come to the us its not that much safer than southern israel is but atleast we dont get shot at by rockets(disclaimer we are not responsible for injury by home made explosives rockets cannons tanks or napalam as this is just natural redneck sport in south...just stay away from the burnt spots)

    anyways have fun in canada..

    ps can you say about like we do?

    By Blogger james, at 2:43 AM  

  • Eugene have a safe trip and you will be missed. I will continue to check your blog to see when you return and if indeed you are able to post while you are on the trip. I continuously check it throughout the day from work (shhhh, just don't tell them). I might check out a few of those you mentioned but we shall see, I think I am addicted to your blog. Thank you for providing the opportunity for many of us to be able to see through your eyes. I agree with james about the media here in the U.S. You are bright, articulate, and kind, yet you stand your ground. I hope you continue to keep the blog even if this fighting is over soon. Be safe!

    By Blogger support4israel, at 3:09 AM  

  • I'm looking forward to your future reports. This is one of the sites that I have been visiting every day since the conflict started. It's both well written and insightful and refreshingly rational.

    Have a good vacation in Canada: If you visit the Vancouver area the only big bangs you'll hear is the festival of lights fireworks contest - a refreshing change from the Katushka's no doubt.

    By Blogger Beldar, at 3:18 AM  

  • Have fun in our country! If you have the chance visit us on the East Coast, we have great beaches, especially here on PEI.

    good Canadian blogs:
    www.smalldeadanimals.com
    www.dustmybroom.com

    By Anonymous Canadian, at 4:23 AM  

  • Eugene, be safe on your trip, and when you come back home, hopefully this will all be over.

    Your faithful reader
    Shalom

    By Blogger Sunny, at 4:50 AM  

  • When will the Israeli people begin to understand that their actions and political agenda are the real cause of middle east tension and destruction. As a person of neither Israeli or middle eastern decent, I sit here in Canada and just shake my head and begin to empathize with the Lebanese people. I have developed such a disgust and deep seated anger toward the Israeli state and its people for their intolerance and mightier than thow mentality. It is such an irrational behaviour on the part of Israel to behave and continue their ongoing destruction and massacre of innocent people. Israel needs more land, and they have demonstrated time and again that they are going to take it. In some ways I am looking forward to the time when Iran and other neighboring countries have nuclear weapons, and then maybe the Israeli and American aggression will be subverted.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:04 AM  

  • Isreal has more then enough land, you didn't read this blog just decided to go ahead and post. I suppose before I leave I'll have to turn on comment registration, you'd be happy to hear that there are dozens like you.

    I can only suggest you read the previous post and follow a few of those links and perhaps get educated about the situation.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 5:08 AM  

  • Thanks for posting the airstrike map of Beirut. However, there is at least one significant error. Where you show airport hits, there is no airport - only a sea port. I registered your map against Google Earth to determine that.

    Beyond this, have a good trip.

    I fear, after watching this war for 2 weeks now, that Israel's tactics are failing.

    First, the air attacks are not effective against guerillas, and cause geopolitical consequences that will force Israel to stop pretty soon.

    Second, the weak ground assault is foolish, and Olmert's idea of an only one-mile wide Hezbollah free zone would be viewed, rightly, as a defeat of Israel by Hezbollah. Furthermore, the losses in the elite the Golani brigade give Hezbollah a psychological victory - they fought against elite commandos, killed a bunch of them, shocked the rest, and resisted their assault for several days.

    If Israel is to come out of this without losing, it needs to move in a massive force, punch through to the river, cutting off Hezbollah from the North, and then clean out the whole zone.

    Israel has made great statements about how it is going to severely hurt Hezbollah. Now, in order to not encourage further Muslim extremist terrorism, it had damn well better actually do it. Anything else will be a catastrophic failure, not only for Israel, but for all of us at risk from the Islamofascists, and from Iran.

    Have a good trip. I hope you return to a victorious Israel! When you return, vote for a government of warriors if you want Israel to survive.

    By Blogger John (Useful Fools), at 7:50 AM  

  • I fear, after watching this war for 2 weeks now, that Israel's tactics are failing.

    Change channels - they might have better scriptwriters or different actors.

    That comment is fatuous - "after watching this war" - why not go out and fight it ?

    By Blogger Voyager, at 9:19 AM  

  • Even since I read about your site a week or so ago, I have been completely glued to my computer screen, waiting with great anticipation for your next posting.

    Having just returned from a month in Israel (the day I landed back at home all of this started), I have appreciated being kept in the loop by someone who is up north and experiencing this all. (most of my friends are in the centre and say that for the time being, they don't feel anything.)

    Best of luck, and have a safe journey to Canada.

    Hopefully you won't have to spend all day in your shelter by the time you return.

    By Blogger santiag026, at 9:38 AM  

  • Here's hoping you return with only peace to write about about.

    Be safe, enjoy lifem and thank you for your time.

    By Blogger isaiah, at 10:16 AM  

  • that's not all israel's been bombing. what about the rest of the country?

    http://bloggingbeirut.com/archives/544-Areas-Targeted-between-July-15-and-21.html

    By Blogger qzx, at 1:52 PM  

  • yup. definitely attacking with care.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/5218106.stm

    By Blogger qzx, at 2:08 PM  

  • http://tinyurl.com/fybl5

    By Blogger Voyager, at 4:05 PM  

  • What area are you going to? Still keep up this blog! You have just begun your success! I keep on reading this twice a day!

    By Blogger Maia, at 6:20 PM  

  • http://beirutnotes.blogspot.com/2006/07/i-am-sorry.html

    I Am Sorry
    The only way I can face all the death and destruction around me right now is to be rude. And I am sorry.

    "Kos Om Hezbollah Ala Om Israeel Ala Akht Souriya Ala Akht Iran."

    This little and fat bearded geek Nasrallah has decided to wage an open war on Israel. This little dogmatic #### is a slave to the coward Bashar Assad who is a slave to the little bearded and thin Ahmadinejad who is a slave to the biggest #### of them all Khamanei.

    These criminals have decided to fight Israel to the last Lebanese. These criminals have decided to wipe out the future of our children.

    The Israelis are killing our children and mothers and Nasrallah wants to fight on. Who is he to decide to fight on? Who gave him the right to fight on?
    We, the Lebanese people, have elected a parliament and a government and they decide our future not some ignorant cleric.

    We all know how powerful and criminal Israel can be and we all saw what it did in Gaza. So what is this bearded monkey doing?

    He is an agent to the Iranians and the Syrians, the most cowardly regimes in the world. Look how quick Iran and Syria were in denying news that they were somehow involved in the current situation.

    Nasrallah and his brainwashed goons are an expensive mercenary force ($500 million dollars per year) to the lowest forms of regimes. Iran and Syria are mice that dare not face Israel directly.

    They want us to fight for them. They want us to destroy our little piece of heaven for them. They want us to sacrifice our children and virgins at the altar of Islam and Arabism while they live the good life.

    God help my people and my country and punish all those that are harming it.

    By Blogger PeaceMan, at 7:07 PM  

  • Lebanon has thrived on making money so long as no religious group became too ideological or too powerful. The Jumblatt family carved out their interests and the French allocated slices to Christians and Muslims.

    The demographic changes, the PLO "State within a State" made the coalition lop-sided and just as the PLO used Lebanon as an aircraft carrier to attack Israel until they were able to come to Gaza and the West Bank, now it is Hezbollah that has a "state within a state"

    It is calling Lebanon's bluff - whether it is in fact a country at all - or just a coastal satrapy of Syria.

    Syria needs Lebanese money and Iranian subsidy to keep the show on the road and Lebanon has been mortgaged to the Persians.

    By Blogger Voyager, at 9:27 PM  

  • http://www.counterpunch.org/reinhart07272006.html

    By Blogger qzx, at 11:40 PM  

  • qzx thanks for helping me make a point aboit democracy i went to that sight and a artical cought my attention a anti-israeli israeli(ironic much?)as he was walking to a propalastinian rally whereing his skull cap he was grabed by the polic and forced into a van quite roughly. in the interegation room he was asked what he intended to do at the rally this is a breif excert" There was a massive police presence when I got there, all lined up in their dark blue uniforms, helmets and truncheons, and the square was fenced off by their protective barriers. A stage was being prepared, microphones tested, but as yet no protestors. I put on my sandwich board and started walking around in front of the pier.

    "What do you think you're doing?" barked a particularly loathsome-looking cop

    "Just walking," I replied.

    "You can walk" he shouted, and started making threatening remarks, so I thought I'd better get out of his vicinity. Hearing the sound of raised chanting voices in the distance, I made my way towards the approaching marchers. They were soon in sight, waving banners and placards as they marched abreast in the road. All traffic had been diverted. I stood on the pavement awaiting their arrival, planning to join in at the end of the procession.

    Suddenly I found myself grabbed by two policemen who started pulling me away from the roadside, shouting something I didn't understand, dragging me towards a police van. I asked what they were doing. They told me to shut up and come with them. I said no, and called out to the marchers, who were now there in front of us, shouting for them to help, to allow me to take part in the demonstration. A crowd of photographers and cameramen who had been filming the march, hearing the commotion, flocked over to see what was happening. By this time more police had laid hold of me as I struggled and shouted (thinking to myself that the police were Israeli sympathizers who wanted to prevent the demonstration.)

    They twisted my arms and force-marched me across the road. One of my collages was ripped and destroyed; my flip-flop sandals came off and were left behind, and I nearly lost my glasses. I continued to shout that I had done nothing wrong but want to join the protest, but they didn't listen. Eventually they got me to a waiting police car, dumped me in the back, and whizzed me to the local police station, only a matter of yards away.

    Once inside, the policeman in charge demanded to know what my intention had been, appearing at the rally. When I told him I'd come to demonstrate against Israel's bombing of Lebanon, he was more than a little surprised.

    "You mean you aren't a supporter of Israel?" he asked.

    "Of course not" I replied. "Quite the opposite"

    "Oops" said he. (Or words to that effect.)

    oops is right in america if that happens what would that do rights violations,lawsuits,race riots but of course it ok in some other countries to outlaw free speach here in america people can speakout against anything but aparently free speach doesnt matter in other countries. that is what you speak out against that is what protects you racism in found to be offensive and outlawed in america but i guess thats ok to some ppl.....oh well good bye free speach

    ps watch Team America its incredably stupid but it has a portion at the end all people like MICHAEL DICKINSON should listen to

    i wish palastinians israelis lebonese everyone could live in peace and never deal with the cowards so many have called "resistance fighters" where there should be logical resonable and tolerate leaders be get extremeist an so many other mean of hate what we see in the middle east is the very reason we in the us seperate church and state (that includes atheism)so please please look at the links you post showing me a pic of palastinian babies and children dressed to kill any israeli or american they meet or the blatant racism shown by so many on both sides of this argument

    By Blogger james, at 1:45 AM  

  • http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-7828123714384920696

    By Blogger qzx, at 1:56 AM  

  • There are as many Hezbollah supporters in Canada as in Lebanon.

    By Blogger Fireball, at 3:24 AM  

  • yes im watching it now but dude i want the palastinians free to but unless they tell hamas to disarm and stop starting sh%t it will never end who is it that breaks the treaties...not israel like with hezbollah in lebanon tell those who act like cowards and attack little children and women in israel it wont stop instead of directing so much time and energy to hatred speaches build farms show the israelis forgiveness show you are the bigger man....but no this is not as they have been shown they have to much arogance and pride because ultimatly pride is the problem in all this until both sides in these conflicts forgive there will never be peace..israels people have tried time and again everytime something happens to send them over the edge.........it has to stop the palastinian conflict is a nasty affair but it is not all israels fault.some will say but how do you excpect the palastinians to stand up to men with machine guns in there hands its not there fault but israels....ok its called courage it takes alot more to not shoot out of hatred than to kill. when hamas and all the others are brought down by the palastinians themselves there will be celebrations in gaza west bank and all over the middle east like never seen not a victory celebration over a defeated people but a celebration of life and the future what happens when all the people theve been taught to hate are gone who will they turn on next hatred only breads death and more hatred. they will turn on anyone who disagrees with them


    as long as all they are taught is hate they will never know peace


    can somebody on this page make a palastinian section or somethin

    By Blogger james, at 4:56 AM  

  • Eugene: have a safe trip and stay in touch. Perhaps we can have you on the air again when you return to Israel. And thank you for the mention in this post.

    www.wideawakesradio.com

    By Blogger ric ottaiano, at 8:26 AM  

  • as long as israel continues to violate the rights of the palestinians, i don't see how we can ever come to a peaceful solution.

    the israeli army has been humiliating, torturing, and killing the palestinians for 40 years. their homes destroyed, their people arrested and killed at random without any condemnation. settlements consume their resrouces, leaving nothing for them. homes torn down at random.

    the palestinian attacks on civilians are horrible, horrible deads. but these actions are the result of 40 years of being given less rights than animals. they are acts of hate, not of racism.

    anyone that denies this fact is either a liar, or has been hideously misinformed. the media is not biased against israel (except for aljazeera maybe). the truth is getting harder and harder to hide.

    Barak's generous offer:
    http://www.mediamonitors.net/gushshalom1.html

    we could have had peace a long time ago. we really could have. but our leaders don't find this "beneficial", and the civilians (israeli and arab) suffer for this.

    By Blogger qzx, at 8:37 AM  

  • QZX,

    Just like the terrorists, for you it will be just a little while longer. And just like the terrorists, QZX is taking advantage. You see, Eugene is on vacation and is not moderating this board. The terrorists are taking advantage of the situation because they control the left wing media. The media (CNN BBC etc.) are terrorist sympathizers.

    Soon please G-d very very soon, QZX and the rest of the terrorists will see their demise. G-d runs the world and he is just letting you carry on so that the Jews and righteous Gentiles will do teshuva (repent). You all know your time is almost out. Then you will be obliterated for ETERNITY.

    There is NO place in the world to come for you terrorists.

    By Blogger worldpeace613, at 5:04 PM  

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    By Blogger worldpeace613, at 5:04 PM  

  • ah, religion. such an amazing thing. *sigh*

    just like the israeli government, you don't want to solve the problems by fixing the source. you just want to stop it by force.

    from you, a death threat/wish and being called a terrorist is a complement. at least i have Naom Chomsky on my side :-) that guy rocks!

    and it appears eugene is still moderating. even though we disagree, thank you for keeping it real. i've been posting here way before he left :-p

    but don't worry. hate me all you want. i don't hate you. i pity the fact that the best reply you could come up with is "my god's going to kill you". just incase god exists, i'll be praying that you're alive when he/we bring true justice. and unlike israeli justice, i mean the kind where all war criminals are punished, and all the innocent, regardless of religion and race, can live without worrying about where the next bomb will be coming from.

    Oh, and watch the video on my blog. CNN's been covering your govt's ass for ages. like i said, it's just getting harder to do it. typical, the news is only fair if they show one side of the story.

    you can't kill off an entire nation. and even if you could, you can't kill the truth.

    in reply to: "There is NO place in the world to come for you terrorists."

    didn't you mean to say "there's no place in the world for anyone but jews?" tell me, which one do you REALLY believe?

    "US 'outrage' over Israeli claims [that it has been authorised by the world to continue bombing Lebanon]". see, it's starting.

    By Blogger qzx, at 6:03 PM  

  • just so that no one misinterprets anything i just said to mr "worldpeace", i would like to make the following statement.

    i think the jewish people in general are quite a remarkable people. you've got so many great minds, and most of them are nice people. as a philosophy student, i'm especially a fan of Chomsky and Spinozza.

    i am in no way saying that it's all israel's fault. i'll be honest, i believe it's mostly their fault. by they, i mean a certain section of the people, and not all of them.

    my main point, is that both sides need to want peace. peace isn't forcefully dominating people into submission. it's an understanding between two sides.

    if anything's not clear, feel free to ask question on my blog, or here, but i might miss it here.

    By Blogger qzx, at 6:19 PM  

  • I am glad that I have helped you to see the light a little bit better. Your last post was less hateful than previous ones.

    Go back to my previous post and read this:

    G-d runs the world and he is just letting you carry on so that the Jews and righteous Gentiles will do teshuva.

    Righteous Gentiles and Jews have a place in the world to come not just Jews. G-d gives everyone free will. The coice is up to you and I. We can chose to do good or evil. In the end we are held accountable for our actions.

    BTW, I think that the current Israeli gov't is a joke. If we had some real G-d fearing people in there, this problem would have been solved a long time ago.

    For some crazy reason, unknown to many, they think giving land to enemies for peace will solve their problems. But look at what is happening.

    The tennant beliefs of Hamas, the PLO, Hizzyfitbollah and the rest of you cry babies is to do nothing less than to kill every last Jew.

    Oh and in case you missed this piece, one of the CNN guys is admitting to being controlled by Hezzbollah:

    from CNN
    Better late than never? On CNN's Reliable Sources on
    Sunday, CNN's senior international correspondent Nic
    Robertson added all of the caveats and disclaimers that he
    should have included in his story last week
    that amounted to his
    giving an uncritical forum for the terrorist group Hezbollah
    to spout unverifiable anti-Israeli propaganda.

    Back on July 18, Hezbollah took Robertson and his crew on a
    tour of a heavily damaged south Beirut neighborhood. The
    Hezbollah "press officer" even instructed the CNN camera:
    "Just look. Shoot. Look at this building. Is it a military
    base? Is it a military base, or just civilians living in
    this building?"

    In his original story, Robertson had no complaints about the
    journalistic limitations of a story put together under such
    tight controls, and Robertson himself at one point seemed to
    agree with the Hezbollah propaganda claim that Israeli jets
    had targeted a civilian area: "As we run past the rubble, we
    see much that points to civilian life, no evidence apparent
    of military equipment."

    Challenged by Reliable Sources host (and Washington Post
    media writer) Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Robertson suggested
    Hezbollah has "very, very sophisticated and slick media
    operations," that the terrorist group "had control of the
    situation. They designated the places that we went to, and
    we certainly didn't have time to go into the houses or lift
    up the rubble to see what was underneath," and he even
    contradicted Hezbollah's self-serving spin: "There's no
    doubt that the [Israeli] bombs there are hitting Hezbollah
    facilities."

    But the closest Robertson came to making any of these points
    in the taped package that aired last week was admitting that
    "we [he and his CNN crew] didn't go burrowing into all the
    houses," after pointing out (for the second time) that "we
    didn't see any military type of equipment" in the area
    Hezbollah chose to let them tour.

    Five days later, Robertson argued that "journalistic
    integrity" required skepticism: "When you hear their
    [Hezbollah's] claims, they have to come with more than a
    grain of salt, that you have to put in some journalistic
    integrity. That you have to point out to the audience and
    let them know that this was a guided tour by Hezbollah press
    officials along with their security, that it was a very
    rushed affair."

    While some viewers undoubtedly deduced out that it was "a
    guided tour" from the numerous sound bites from the
    Hezbollah press officer, it's not as if Robertson ever
    complained about his limitations or explicitly warned
    viewers that there was no way he could confirm any of the
    claims.

    Nic Robertson, of course, isn't the only correspondent going
    on these Hezbollah-arranged tours, as CNN's Reliable Sources
    noted yesterday. In a set-up to his interview with
    Robertson, Kurtz played clips of NBC's Richard Engel and
    CBS's Elizabeth Palmer relating their trips into the damaged
    areas, with Palmer providing the sort of disclaimer that
    Robertson failed to include last week: "This morning,
    Hezbollah showed journalists around the ruins of its former
    stronghold, but Hezbollah is also determined that outsiders
    will only see what it wants them to see."

    Now, more of Robertson's live interview (10:15am EDT) on the
    July 23 Reliable Sources

    One last thing, all I had to do was Google 'Naom Chomsky self hating Jew' to find out what he's really about. I'd be surprised if you didn't like him.

    By Blogger worldpeace613, at 7:12 PM  

  • Great site, i'm reading everything.
    Keep up the good work.

    http://freecyprus.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger FreeCyprus, at 7:34 PM  

  • Eugene,
    Please help me get the word out that 12 more temporary residences for refugees from the north were just posted on my blog, at www.aliyahonmymind.blogspot.com.
    I'll post this on a few other blogs as well.
    Thank you!

    By Blogger Yaakova, at 8:57 PM  

  • hey, first, have you seen the video link i posted? just curious. because that's nothing compared to what american press has been doing.

    and how do YOU know what's being hit? why should we believe the very people that are doing the bombing and killing, as opposed to a reporter that's on the ground? the reporter may not be seeing everything there, but he sure is seeing more than the israelis are. and what does he have to gain by lying?

    i'm sorry dude, but arguments just make you sound mad because they're not telling YOUR version of the truth.

    by the way, i was reading up on judaism, and i extremely respect the fact that they "let non-jews go to heaven". i'm not being sarcastic, seriously. it's an idea that i think is lacking in islam and christianity.

    By Blogger qzx, at 11:55 PM  

  • oh, here's yet another proof as to why not to believe the israeli side of the story:

    "Only Hezbollah gunmen remain," Olmert said, " [and it] should be pounded from the air and with artillery before ground troops enter."

    Yet an Israeli military spokesman was simultaneously telling the BBC in a live interview that Hezbollah had deliberately kept the villagers inside Bint Jbeil in order to hinder Israeli operations.

    so which is true?

    By Blogger qzx, at 12:27 AM  

  • I just listened to your podcast, Eugene. You hang in there! There is too much hatred in the world, and there is too much being generated in the Middle East.

    You have to try and accept that we, in the West, are essentially powerless, or so it seems, to change anything for Israel and her enemies.

    So we tend to choose a side. Because Israel has the obvious military advantage, the sympathy also tends to go with the Palestinians, or even Hezbollah.

    Not so much this time, though. We are all well aware what Hezbollah is up to, and even old lefties (like me) are coming to see that the Islamists have no interest in peace with Israel.

    You have a right to live without being blown apart, Eugene, so you need not apologize for your very existence.

    And we MUST keep on dreaming, believed that somehow, someday, there will be a new group of younger leaders who will choose to build their state instead of destroying one that has already been built

    By Blogger johnny maudlin, at 1:18 AM  

  • QZX,

    This is the last post from me before Shabbos. I am not mad at all. If anything, I am really proud of you that you are doing some research on Judaism. This enables you to learn. Go to Aish.com for a very wide range of articles.

    Try to focus on more accurate reporting such as honest reporting.com which will let you know the exact flaws found within the stories of media links (BBC & CNN)that you adore.

    Jews value life so much. This is the reason why there are constant warnings for the Palastinians and Lebonese to get out before a strike. Unfortunately, Hizbollah know how much we value life and are using it to their advantage. The Lebonese people are being used as human shields. They are also using mosques to store their weapons and using cars parked next to homes with hostages inside to launch their rockets. The BBC will never tell you that.

    Shabbat Shalom

    By Blogger worldpeace613, at 1:28 AM  

  • Hi, I've heard of your blog in a Canadian newspaper and I really like to read the observations that you're making on this war. Anyway, have a nice trip in Canada, because I come from this country.

    By Blogger Anh Khoi Do, at 6:57 AM  

  • Shabbat Shalom my friend.
    Peace be with you.

    By Blogger Sunny, at 7:11 AM  

  • i'll keep that site in note when i continue my philosophy of religion studies.

    you can't really agree with title of the second website you gave you me. i'll continue reading, but so far it just looks like another site aimed at keeping the israeli propaganda machine running.

    from the site: "In one case, Israel also took out a bank manager's home." for supposedly supporting hizbolla, of course. that's not something to be proud of. i don't see how bombing someone's home isn't considered a terrorism...

    By Blogger qzx, at 1:44 PM  

  • plus, most of the arguments made on honestreporting is complaining about people stating their opinions, and not false facts being presented.

    on second thought, maybe i'm wrong. maybe having an opinion is a terrible thing.

    another thing not to be proud of: "Now jailed in Austria, where Holocaust denial is a crime, Irving awaits a February trial."

    wow. you can go to jail for thinking something.

    By Blogger qzx, at 1:50 PM  

  • Your not doing as badly in the PR war as you think.

    Yesterday my office union representative sent round an email from the regional union office which advertised a 'Stop the War' march in my city Cardiff, UK) and carryed a very anti-Israeli message. Within 5 minutes he was forced to offer an apology after receiving a barrage of complaints from the membership.

    Enjoy Canada. It's a great country. i only wish I had the chance to go there myself. By the way, be careful, there are a lot of Lebanese and other Muslims in Canada.

    Post an update from Canada if you get the chance

    By Blogger Joseph of Arimathea, at 2:20 PM  

  • the lebanese people would like to thank the israelis for helping rid us of hizbolla. when this is all over, we'll be able to enjoy our country so much more.

    what's left of it anyways.

    By Blogger qzx, at 2:46 PM  

  • Thanks,

    I just spent a week in Nesher, for any of you who read Dutch
    www.haifaforoneweek.blogspot.com
    but must admit yours is much more professional. I am proud to have been there to experience this with all of you. Pity I didn't find your blog last week, to busy watching CH10 and Zehu Ze reruns form the Gulf War ;-))

    Have a good trip!

    By Blogger Mike, at 7:45 PM  

  • Good luck Eugene

    By Blogger Fireball, at 3:37 AM  

  • Good luck, Eugene

    By Blogger Bellbell, at 3:51 AM  

  • Eugene, you will not feel at home in Canada where the media is pro-Islam and pro-Hezballah, and is afraid to criticise anti-Israeli expressions of hatred.
    Take care whilst there.

    By Blogger Bellbell, at 3:55 AM  

  • I've been reading this blog back and forth. People like 'anonymous' should look at what Israel has been doing for years.

    YOU are responsible for what your state has been doing.

    By Blogger A view from the outside, at 2:18 PM  

  • Why not stay in Canada. I just got back from Vancouver last month and I loved it so much I'm seriously thinking of moving there. I'm sick of US politics. Canada is truly the land of the free now.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8:47 PM  

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