Zaheer, I continue to defend freedom of speech on Planet GNOME, in spite of many complaints now and in the past about various blogs — including my own, on occasions. Your posts about the situation between Israel and Lebanon are very serious examples of the (sometimes pretty crazy) things people complain to me about. But they’re yours, and belong here on Planet GNOME, which you’ve accepted as a very direct audience for your blog.
In your latest post, you ask, “Don’t you see how evil Israel is?“
I’d say that perhaps their leadership has been foolish, inappropriately violent, morally bankrupt and self-destructive, but I wouldn’t say evil. Characterising an enemy’s behaviour as evil means that you are putting yourself in absolute opposition to them, unwilling to sympathise or empathise with their position, and totally dismissing the possibility that a peaceful resolution could be made between philosophies and beliefs. In some cases, that is actually true, but the word is bandied about far too often for us to use it in a realistic way.
I hope you don’t actually think that Israel — the country and its people — is evil, because I think you’re far too reasonable to think that the situation is ultimately a zero sum game.