Friday, July 28, 2006
Ancient hatreds hardening in Middle East
In the first days of fighting in the Middle East, some Arab leaders found themselves in the unusual position of criticizing an attack on Israel; suggesting that Hezbollah's kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, the event that started this latest bloodshed, was ill-conceived, risky and wrong.

At that time, the loudest complaints about Israel's actions were coming from Syria and Iran, countries that have backed Hezbollah for years.

But look at how a little more than two weeks can change things.

The Israeli military has been battling Hezbollah nonstop and hammering Lebanon. And now, Middle East watchers say public complaints about Israel's actions are growing noticeably louder throughout the Arab world. The images of Lebanese killed, wounded and fleeing; the pictures of Hezbollah neighborhoods reduced to rubble; the mere thought of Israel attacking on the soil of an Arab country -- these things have triggered many deep-seated and long-lived hatreds.

Some of the Middle East experts I have talked to say this should not be mistaken for the beginning of a massive, pro-Hezbollah movement. Many Arabs, they say, especially those who must live alongside Hezbollah in Lebanon, do not like the group's radical politics and despise its militant methods. But few Arabs say that publicly.

It was explained to me this way: Ask any Arab if he or she supports Hezbollah right now and that person is likely to say "yes," but what they mean is that they are not about to be heard supporting Israel.

Some Arabs have always hated Israel and probably always will. Some Israelis, no doubt, would be happy to be rid of many Arabs. So my question is this: Does it make any difference, with the guns of war pounding, that their hatreds may be hardening even more?
Posted By Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent: 8:37 PM ET
  45 Comments
Tom: You're right about how a little more than two weeks can change things...it makes you wonder what really is this conflict all about. I also think it is interesting that Al Qaeda wants to support Hezbollah even though these two groups don't necessarily agree with each other. Just a big circle that keep going round and round....
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 9:03 PM ET
Of course it makes a difference, all the difference one could imagine, that the wars continue yet onto another generation.

I do not think that killing of civilians, on either side of a dispute, is an honorable warfare no matter the justifications used. War itself, even by a military, is questionable when subjected to the question of human dignity and moral standards.

Instead of seeking military solutions to the problems that exist today there needs to be a call for an International Peace Commission that allows a forum for all parties to the warfares to be heard and a political resolution sought that is fair to all people concerned.

Occupied lands need to be returned. Destroyed cities and infrasctructures need to be repaired. Compensation to civilian families need to be made.

Any country that refuses to sit at a table for peace based upon past incidents need to be sanctioned as warmongering. With no exceptions granted.

The alternative is that wars continue and future generations grow up with the hostilities and hatred sown in the hearts and experiences. What is sown is reaped someday my grandmother used to tell me.

It is my opinion that the leadership of today, of almost every country in the world, has lost touch with the reality that peace cannot be made by demonizing other human beings and refusing to discuss terms of peace in a meaningful way.

The language of war is all that today's body politic knows and it has led us all to a point of no return if the language of reconcilation is not learned and used.
Posted By Anonymous Keith Hunter, Port Alberni, British Columbia : 9:04 PM ET
Instilling hatreds even deeper will only cause more violent conflict later. People will resent the current losses, and this situation will become entrenched in the minds of new generations--part of their collective unconscious.

Violence does not settle differences, and I do not believe violence is the answer to terrorism.

In the 21st century shouldn't we be beyond guns and bombs?

Stay safe!
Posted By Anonymous Rachel Apanewicz, Philadelphia, PA : 9:04 PM ET
Hatred is wrong, no matter what. There's a difference between disliking someone and hating someone to the point that one harbors thoughts (and acts upon them) to inflict pain and suffering to others. The only solution which I believe we won't see in our lifetime is the elimination of hatred, and this is a tall order because the hatred has been passed on from generation to generation. No good would ever come out of hate, and I'd love to see the day when both sides realize this. Thanks for listening.
Posted By Anonymous Beth, Edmonds, WA : 9:05 PM ET
The neighberhoods destroyed by the israelis in Lebanon are not hezbollah neighberhoods but regular middle class lebanese neighberhoods. They are homes to many families who find themselves today refugees in the schools, parks and on the streets.
Posted By Anonymous Dina Khalil, Alpharetta Ga : 9:06 PM ET
The problem is that in the USA and around the world we have globalized the 'tensions', loyalties, and old hatreds dating back to Sarah, the Crucifixion, the Crusades, diaspora, Inquisition, Colonialism, Holocaust, 1948 and Operation Iraqi Freedom among other things. When the zealots on all sides pick up guns, launch rockets, and drop bombs, the majority of folk have not much say and must wait for the powers that be to settle it. That majority just shifts to a survival mode and has to have faith that this too shall pass. Loyalty or hatred will go to the winners when the pot goes back to simmer.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista, ar : 9:09 PM ET
Ancient Hatreds? Reporters have a duty to inform the public, not misinform. This 'Ancient Hatred' paradigm has continued for far too long. Israel has existed for 58 years. 58 years is 'ancient'? Prior to 1958 Arab/Jewish friction was limited to the region of the Palestine Mandate, and only began with the advent of political Zionism, just prior to the turn of the century, again, hardly 'Ancient'. Jews, long oppressed throughout the world, traditionally fared far better under Islamic Rule than under Christian. Until we, as Americans, stop accepting fallacy as truth, we will never be able to understand the conflict in the middle east.
Posted By Anonymous Grey, Austin TX : 9:09 PM ET
This is all prophecy being fulfilled in the Bible. It's a war that will not cease until the antichrist comes on the scene. He will establish a false peace, then break the truce.
Posted By Anonymous tony mt. morris ny : 9:10 PM ET
Long time hatreds, yes, but the main problem remains Jerusalem. I've been trying to get this idea to our government and the UN, but no one reads email! What if the UN moved its headquarters to Jerusalem and administered it as an International Cit? All residents can maintain dual citizenship. Of course, a two-state solution (Israel and Palestine) would also have to happen...Maybe someone who reads this can float the idea to people who can make it happen or at least discuss it...
Posted By Anonymous Jack Perna, Montauk, NY : 9:12 PM ET
Remember the old saying "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"?

I think alliances in the Middle East shift as frequently, and unpredictably, as the sand dunes.
Posted By Anonymous Susan, New York City : 9:20 PM ET
I think we are witnessing a radicalizing of Lebanese civilians. You can't expect people to witness the destruction of your homeland and expect them to send a hallmark thank-you card to Israel. Unless we can come up with a true League of Nations with the military might and the political inclination to implement its decree, a league of nations that can intervene and stop any future aggression of any nation, this vicious cycle of aggression will continue on. Unfortunely it is always the innocent civilians that suffer as overzealous politicians roll the dice and hope it comes up it their favour.
Posted By Anonymous G.G.Ontario, Canada : 9:31 PM ET
It makes no difference at all. The Middle East lives is the past, holding long-term grievances that can never be resolved. They have been fighting each other for more than 2000 years. Even if temporarily forgotten, the hatred and resentment will always be there just waiting for a reason to come out.

The irony is, that this is not just an Arab- Israeli issue. There has been constant fighting within the Arab community. This region is simply not ready for peace. Apparently, too many in power see war as beneficial.
Posted By Anonymous Scott, Park Ridge, IL : 9:38 PM ET
I don't think it makes any difference that the hatred between Israel and the Arabs may be hardening.
There will never, ever be peace in the Middle East.
The gap between the state of Israel and the Arab world is wider than ever before and as long as no side is willing to give in, there will be no chance of lasting peace.
The differences between the Muslim/Arab world and the Jewish people do not seem to make way for any reconciliation of the different ideologies.
The hatred is so deep-rooted in the past history of these ideological different-minded states, that it will take generation to dissociate the different thinking.
Posted By Anonymous Elke, New York/NY : 9:43 PM ET
How can either side hold out for peace when they are busy burying their children? It's not about survival, but community. Our children could teach us much about playing together if they live long enough.
Posted By Anonymous Tom Fenton Cheyenne Wyoming : 9:45 PM ET
"..the mere thought of Israel attacking on the soil of an Arab country" is not the issue. That would be seeing Lebanon occupied one more time, this time presumably by an 'international peacekeeping' force, in other words, one approved by Israel and the US. The Syrian 'occupiers' weren't palatable to Israel and the US. But neither is Lebanese independence. If the 'democracy' cannot be controlled or purchased by the so-called superpowers, it cannot be trusted and must be demolished instead. This must have a countereffect by Law (your yin-yang), and that will be the blossoming of more fervent anti-Israeli hatred in the new media age.

Why doesn't Israel give up their land for the security buffer zone? Why is it always someone else's? No, this way won't work; not because of the Arabs but because of the Israelis.
Posted By Anonymous Number Six, the Village : 9:46 PM ET
If Israel is situated say in the modern day Kenya or in the Falkland Island (2 other options for the establishment of a Jewish state), do you think the Kenyans/Ugandans or the Argentinians will not fight Israel?
It's the time we help to establish a second Jewish state.Germany which killed 6 million Jews without an iota of humanity should give up 6 thousands miles of its land and Poland 3 thousand miles more. The Jewish people need a safe nation, a second nation in Europe.Europeans will get along well with this Jewish state.I hope Angela Merkel will consider this.
Posted By Anonymous Elisa Mendel,State Collge,PA : 10:16 PM ET
Hi Tom,

I have always had great respect for your reporting. Please stay safe in the Middle East. I had a few lines of verse to share with you and the Anderson Cooper 360 team, as I thought your blog was appropriate for my lines.

Our familiarity with wars,
Seems much too frequently scarred,
By an epidemic exceeding proportions,
Devouring innocence by wicked potions,
Of an evil brewing hate, ego and a
vengeance,
Oblivious to the terror amongst,
Civilian people and precious children,
Running in fear from bomb blown craters,
And rockets propelled by aimless traitors,
Their senseless wars escalating in waves,
With no hint of reason or rationale,
I wish there was a cusp in history,
That could gasp in relief from such tragedy,
Reflecting the larger picture flashing at us,
Of how miniscule, fragile and vulnerable we are,
While God is a unifying symbol of all religions,
As opposed to enemy-sparring, narrow visioned divisions,
Lessons must be learned in quick cohesion,
If the human race must deplete these manic wars,
And save our Earth from yet another holocaust.

God Bless
Posted By Anonymous Rekha, Bangalore, India : 10:38 PM ET
How much more bloodshed will we as the human inhabitants of this earth spill in name of our self proclaimed religious beliefs before we step back an say enough is enough. How can any of these religions countinue to speak the the name of Alla or God and continue murder their fellow mankind senselessly. The battle of religious beliefs has reached an all time high in history. When will we learn a 1000lb bomb dropped from a plane or a rocket fired indiscriminately into a country has a religion or even cares if it kills a child, or an elderly person. We should all be shamed by these events.
Posted By Anonymous Henry Edwards New Orleans, La. : 12:23 AM ET
Muslim clerics are to blame for a great deal of the problems in the middle east. Until they start teaching tolerance and freedom of religion and put away the prejudices then the hate and the war and killing will go on. When will the world admit that the opposite of Jihad is crusade and that is where we are.
Posted By Anonymous Gerald Elko, Nevada : 12:33 AM ET
Very few people, aside from historians familiar with the birth of Isreal, and the decades long struggle that preceded it are aware that many Israelis involved in that struggle, including former Isreali Prime Minister Menachim Begin, were themselves terrorists, members of the Irgun faction that was responsible for the bombing of the King David Hotel and the deaths of almost 100 people. Irgun was an organization not that different from Hamas, and Hezbollah; terrorists groups with a strong popular support among manny of their own people. In addition to the famous King David Hotel incident, they were also jointly responsible with other Isreali terrorist groups for massacres and bombings from the early thirties until Isreal was finally established as a state. If you care to check out the veracity of this, Google " Isreali Terrorism" or check out www.wikpedia.com.

I guess my point is that Hamas and Hezbollahlearned their craft at the knees of the early masters: the isrealis.
Posted By Anonymous J. Kenneth Yurchuk, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 12:39 AM ET
Hatred - an emotional response.

Jews and Arab Muslims - two disparate religious groups, who both happen to be in control of their respective governments, are both in position to inflict damage on one another.

One has a greatly superior military force and the other is a militant arm of 2 other countries ( Syria & Iran ) that will be used as a sacrificail lamb for their own agendas.

Lebanon and most importantly the Lebanese people, are the actual sacrificial lambs.

If Syria and Iran control the activities of the Hezzbelloh and they allow this destruction of Lebanon and its people to continue, it must fit their respective stragems.

So what are underlying reasons for this real hatred.

Simply money, power and greed.

The process has never changed - just the details. Details that always perpetuate this hatred from generation to generation and century to century.

Now when you take these 2 groups of people out of the Middle East environs and put them in the U.S., where they both have the same opportunites for education, the right to pursue their own religios beliefs and the ability to be their own masters of financial growth..............well......... then all of a sudden they can.... and do.... exist and compete against one another in a peaceful manner.

In a democracy there is a division between church and state.

Start with a clean slate....... using empirical knowledge...........and all of a sudden the hatred is gone.
Posted By Anonymous Garrett Lackey - Woodbridge - Virginia : 12:51 AM ET
My impression is the hatred is one sided, that of Arabs against Jews.
Posted By Anonymous John J, Seattle Washington : 12:58 AM ET
People too often believe Jewish people and Muslim people come from two different places and we believe in two different gods and we have nothing in common. This is where the real conflict begins. Many times we (the common people) get so enveloped in the idea that we are different, we completely forget that we are so similar. We have many similar religious rituals. We believe in the same god, the one and only god (according to the Torah and the Quaran) and the story of creation is quite similar in the Torah and the Quaran. As a Muslim, I am disgraced by Islamic countries always dragging in religion to fight a war that is completely sociopolitical. Additionally, the United States and Israel always has to make it a point to state “this is a war against Islamic Extremism.” The war is against Hezbollah and specifically Hezbollah. For both sides, I wish religion was kept out of the already heightened tensions. At this point, I guess that’s impossible.
Posted By Anonymous Khan, Boston, Massachusetts : 1:03 AM ET
Talking about ancient hatreds is not as important as remembering who is the aggressor and who was attacked. In this case, the iranian terrorist proxy army called Hezbollah was the aggressor and the free Nation Israel was the aggressed.
Isn't that clear enough?
Posted By Anonymous Marty Derkshire, Boston, Massachusetts : 1:31 AM ET
Religion is the issue over which people, in this case, choose to fight. They choose to hold onto beliefs that date back millennia, because supposedly it is "so written". In other words, the players involved, both Israelis and "arabs" hide behind emotionally charged rhetoric to avoid the reality of today's world: a shortage of land and resources, and two peoples who want to inhabit that land anyway. The only way forward, ever, is to subjugate the religions and the cultures invovled to a broader "tent" under which both can live. But as long as zealots on both sides are more interested in being right than in living in peace, we will have war.
Posted By Anonymous Chris Echo, Seattle, WA : 1:37 AM ET
Finally, I think this piece gets closer to what I believe is the core of the problem -- and even after all the analysis, a problem that is strangely, if ever, really fully appreciated: This region seems to produce a people who see things clearly, distinctly -- and in ABSOLUTES. And WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO COMPROMISE. If we could stop and reflect on that idea for a good long while, I think it would give us the REALITY check we so desperately need.

(I'm not talking about a small thing here -- I'm talking about the basic hard-wired tendencies of the people in that entire region. We all have a variety of qualities that make us behave in assorted ways, good and bad. And if this makes you squirm, I'll volunteer that my ethnicity is 1/2 Lebanese and 1/2 Italian, making me a hot-head on both sides!)

So, when each group operates with 100% certainty that they are right and without the slightest inclination to bow towards the other, the stubborn, angry, willful vendettas will continue. It's just that simple. Israel is both right and wrong in this particular War. But how many more of these must there be?? How many more times must Lebanon rebuild??

The truth is, as Americans, we cannot save these souls from themselves -- this is an Arab and Israeli conflict that they must resolve within their region and among themselves because, in fact, it is THEIR dispute. A conflict among "siblings", as much as a battle among nations. They will have to realize together that there is a little spot of land on the earth that they all want to live in, that is holy to all of them, and they can either live there together, and respect it, and their God, or they can continue to disgrace themselves and the God that gave them life.
Posted By Anonymous Cara, Houston, TX : 1:41 AM ET
Borders have changed, as have the weapons and governments- but the Jews and the Arabs have had issues since the David and Goliath days. Mind you- "Goliath" was a Philistine- ala- Palestinian...and the Jews have felt they had a leg up on the Arabs ever since. I mean why wouldn't they- its biblical precedence afterall. It's interesting considering they're admittedly cousins. Both descendants from the sons of Abraham. But the Jews think they came from the better half (Isaac) for two reasons: 1. Abraham chose Isaac as the sacrifice to God, (even though Quran says Ishmael was the chosen son), and 2. Isaac's half brother Ishmael was born of a servant/slave girl. These ancient superiority complexes, is where this hatred is rooted, but its been exacerbated by land conflict, and military occupation. Israel has a racist culture that would make Jim Crow blush. Palestine is a global wound from which injustice hemorrages on a daily basis. Terrorism is nothing more than its infection. You address the wound and the infection has nothing left to live on. These are issues that will take more than a sit down to settle.
Posted By Anonymous Alex, Miami, FL : 2:17 AM ET
I don't understand war and I never want to know it. But my biggest problem with our gov't, namely Bush, is that we did NOTHING and standby and watch innocent lives disappearing. We are supposed to be the good guys... "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" (Edmund Burke).... I guess our gov't doesn't understand the value of life and how precious they are...as long as it isn't theirs...they don't care!!
Posted By Anonymous Vince, Houston, TX : 2:27 AM ET
I believe we have to see beyond the surface or this instance. Israel has always been hated amongst the Middle Easterners. Why? Well, it isn't difficult to figure this out, simply take a quick history and geography refresher course...and you will know. Perhaps, the entire world needs to also take this course.
Posted By Anonymous Murad, Amman-Jordan : 2:36 AM ET
Religion dictates law. I have my own personal view that Sharia Law dictates whom to shift allegiance with, its obviously clear that Shiites Muslims will support their Brethrens. Wile Sunni Muslims will provide a silhouette background support. Islam is Islam whatever sect you belong to. And all will support Hezbollar, not because they deserve the support, but because Israel is hitting on the clich� of innocent women and children. Support will come in form of defending the innocent Muslims, and that doesn�t mean a Sunni uprising against Hezbollar, it means monetary and logistical aid to those willing to die in the name of Jihad. Again if we see from an al-qaeda point of view, well they have amassed warriors in Afghanistan before and this is their model opportunity to attack mighty Israel. I believe Al-qaeda although in clusters can change the war-game in one attack.
Posted By Anonymous Edwin Mushene, Johannesburg. South Africa : 3:19 AM ET
Hamas, Hezbullah, Iran, Syria all deny Israel's right to exist. Until they change that stance, Israel has NO OPTION but to defend herself. The terms for peace in this conflict are still SO SIMPLE! Return the kidnapped soldiers and stop bombing civilians in Israel. What is WRONG with that?
Posted By Anonymous Michael, Gaithersburg MD : 3:48 AM ET
Thats a wrong concept induced by the western media that Israel is fighting Hezbollah. Instead The 500 killings in Labeneon are of civilians. Fighters fight fighters not civilians. Israel has bybasssed every war law in arrogance and the CNN reports only "Hezbollah fires new missile". What about 100s of killings of civilians daily? Do'nt they deserve merely a news headline? More than 500 hundered thousand people have left their homes in Labenon. Does anybody feel their misery? Spend a day without water in your water taps, without electricity, without shelter or without a soft bed you sleep on and you will realize. CNN, BBC are ur only eyes u see through but they present one side of the mirror. Arabs don't support Hezbullah merely b'coz they dont want to support israel they really hate Israel. I hope this comment will also be "moderated" but I have told the truth. That is what I can do.
Posted By Anonymous Murtaza, Islamabad, Pakistan : 3:54 AM ET
Shame on us... In this case, the hatred is something that goes with the believes of the family that one is born to. There are three stories of so called one god to this trouble land. People kill others and themselves in the name of this god and for his land. Unfortunately, there is no god to rescue and clear this mess so that the rest of the open minded mankind can live without seeing and hearing this wars anymore. Enough is enough, who are we praying for if no one is listening above us. Until those who fight and support them understand it, this war will never end.
Posted By Anonymous Mahi Joy, Dearborn, MI : 11:33 PM ET
I believe that Israel would be more than happy to ceasefire. In fact, if Hezbollah returned the abducted soldiers, I believe that the ceasefire could begin immediately. How difficult is it to return the soldiers? I bet it would be easy. The hard part would be swallowing pride. So in summary, if Hezbollah and Lebanon can eat a nice helping of pride, than the killing could stop (theoretically). Hey, theres no charge for that helping of pride either, its free. Plus, pride goeth before...well, you all know that one. Ah, you are right Tom, and like hate, pride is older than the hills and doesn't care where the lines are drawn.
Posted By Anonymous Mark-Lehigh Acres, FL : 11:39 PM ET
The premise for this commentary is ridiculous. The Arab hatred for Israel begain in 1948 and has never stopped. It has festered and grown with the Arabs own fostering of illiteracy and economic oppression, which has bred disallusion and the need for a "scapegoat." Meanwhile Israel has become an economic success, while the Arab leaders starve their people--even Yassar Arafat socked away the BILLIONS the US gave the Palestinian people for his own use. He knew, as the Arab leaders know now (and as Hitler knew) that you can deflect the spotlight on your own failings by creating a unifying subject of prejudice, hatred and discrimination--hence the Jews have served well. The Arabs cannot afford peace--it will force them to act like true leaders to their people and their greed, ignorance and extremism will be exposed. Arafat had is "nation" handed to him in Oslo--he showed the Arabs' true colors by rejecting the oportunity to live in poeace next to Israel.
Posted By Anonymous Andrew L. , Mountain Lakes, NJ : 11:59 PM ET
We lament the absence of foresightful political leaders at both sides of the border between Israel and the Arab countries. The moment Arab countries, Egypt included, criticized Hezbollah immediately Israel should have taken the moral upper ground and nudged closer to those Arab countries instead of pounding Lebanon. Unilateralism cannot work in the middle east...it is a nexus of linked sociopolitical interests.
Posted By Anonymous Animesh Ray, San Diego, CA : 12:53 AM ET
Tom,just keep yourself safe and keep the truth known. War is wrong, hatred is wrong, everybody in it just has his own idea and use his own way to solve...but a mess.
Posted By Anonymous Shirley, YT, SD : 1:00 AM ET
In my heart I know what is right and what is wrong and in my opinion both sides of this are in a lose lose situation. Land, money, power or religion is being fought here, not with the blood of Armies, but the blood of children who are either paying with thier lives on something they are no part of. How can anyone justify killing children no matter if they are Arab or Jew. I think that the Powers of this Planet should united and go in there and remove the terroist element by force. Hand to hand if need be to try and stop the madness that had already taken the life of so many children who will never grow up.
Posted By Anonymous Alex Martinez, St. Charles, IL : 1:22 PM ET
My Dear Mr. Anderson:

Has anyone there ever heard the expression; "LOVE thine enemy"? It would be a novel idea to share at this time as there is a profound wisodm and underdstanding planted within those words.
You must walk them to unlock them.
"I don't think I know...I just know I'm thinking."
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown
Posted By Anonymous Ancient Clown, God's Country : 2:25 PM ET
One big difference between Arab and Israeli attitudes toward the "other side." Militant Arabs want to see Israel destroyed and the Jewish population eliminated. Israelis want the Arabs to leave them alone. Evidence for that is that Israel has not attacked any Arab countries that didn't originate attacks. Egypt and Jordan have not been touched since making peace with Israel.
Posted By Anonymous John Burns, Chicago, IL : 2:25 PM ET
What's making the hatred harden is America putting Israel above the law. Anger and hatred in the middle east is directed now against both; and the media is not helping either. Why is it that when one israeli gets killed we have to see that on tv a million time but with all the massacres Israel has comitted against Palestinians and Lebanese we get half a report,skewed,filtered and biased. How come we did not hear yet about the decimation of a small Christian village,Ain Ebel in South lebanon.That's a village that's far from being Hizbullah basis!!!
If President Bush wants a long lastinng seiz fire and peace os his friends live in peace maybe he should start thinking about JUSTICE. Justice only brings peace.
Posted By Anonymous Tonya, Montclair, NJ : 3:13 PM ET
Perhaps you haven't noticed but there are demonstrations in just about every country in the world, not just Arab countries.

Words are powerful, but by ignoring the demonstrations that took place in Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, the U.S., Great Britain, and numerous other western countries, you yourselves are fueling the hatred.

It's sad to see what started out as the news organization that brought us the truth about the first Iraq war, become no more useful than FOX.
Posted By Anonymous Julie, Chicago Il : 3:07 PM ET
The "some arab leaders" that you refer to as criticizing hezbollah are the US backed dictators of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The are sunni muslims who do not care for the shia muslim hezbollah and fear shia muslim Iran. They don't particularly care for the new shia government in Iraq either. You also neglect to mention that the sunni populations of Egypt and Saudi Arabia actually support shia hezbollah in contrast to their dictators initial anti-hezbollah statements. This popular support has increased with all the video of the israeli atrocities that arabs see on their TV stations. The US backed dictators of Egypt and Saudi Arabia had to change their tune to reflect their populations' views. You ask if it will "make a difference that hatreds are increasing even more". I would say yes as the US backed dictators of Egypt and Saudi Arabia will eventually have to take some action to stop the violence or militarily support hezbollah in order to appease their populations. If they don't, they will risk being overthrown by their people.
Posted By Anonymous James, Winnipeg, Manitoba : 5:21 PM ET
The difference is the arab terrorist sympathizers who emcompass many of the "Lebanese civilians" who allowed terrorists to live in their midst hope to kill and maim Jewish men, women and children. Israelis only hate those who would only wish to see Israelis die a slow painful death.
Posted By Anonymous David kreiner, Plainview, NY : 9:18 AM ET
Hi Tom...hey Rove isn't Bush's Yoda...he is his Palpatine.....!
Posted By Anonymous John Harrison/ SF, CA : 11:48 PM ET
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