Jonathan Edelstein already said he doesn't want to blog about the war because he is too close to be objective.
Nevertheless, one of his posts from three days ago has attracted some of his usual readers who are participating in a discussion, still in progress three days later.
Comment threads are normally a waste of time, but in this case it is a showcase of intelligence and civility. And Diana Moon is there. I miss her blog but admire her commentary.
Jonathan is participating as well.
Go read and learn.
It starts after Qana and continues...
I like this exchange (Jonathan replies to a coment)...
In this kind of war this is how everyone fights; the US fought and fights in Iraq, the way the US fought in Afghanistan and Kosovo. The sanctimonious Brits fight this way in Iraq too. Every one does it, but not everyone is a small country with Israel's wide context.
This is true, and I agree that it isn't particularly fair. The United States can carpet-bomb a city or strafe an Afghan wedding and go blithely on with the war. Hell, Sudan can commit outright genocide by proxy and not suffer too many adverse consequences. But as you recognize, Israel isn't a superpower like the US, nor is it in an overlooked location like Sudan. In fact, it looks like even the US and Sudan aren't the US and Sudan anymore.
On the scale of wartime atrocities, the Qana bombing is no more than ordinary, and it certainly doesn't justify cries of "zionazi." But Israel is under much greater political scrutiny than countries like the US, and it knows this, so it should be tailoring its tactics accordingly.
And for what it's worth, my preferred solution would be for all countries to be under the same level of scrutiny as Israel, not for Israel to be under less scrutiny.
Don't miss this background piece on Hezbollah.