Juan Cole's "Informed Comment" website has a constantly negative portayal of Israel in the current conflict with Hizballah. So I guess I'm only slightly frustrated when he refuses to post my comments indicating a different perspective.
A friend of mine recently introduced me to Juan Cole's blog site, Informed Comment. It is certainly interesting, in that it has a largely different perspective than I do on what is happening in the Middle East. I have learned something from it, or at least been incented to do more research on Israel's history and the background of Middle Eastern conflict.
Wanting to give my perspective for people who might not be sure there is another perspective, I have taken to commenting on his site. Of the 5 or 6 times that I have commented, only two have been posted. So that I can keep track of what I said, I think I'll start posting my comments here.
I just barely posted the following, but my senses tell me that it won't get posted either. (I'll issue a full apology if I turn out to be wrong.)
I know you don't generally like to approve my comments for posting on your site, because they provide a perspective that you apparently don't want to show. But at any rate, here is another reference to how the "Qana Massacre" was likely stage managed.
Yesterday, to his endless reference to the "Qana Massacre", with obvious implication that Israelis willingly slaughtered innocent civilians, I replied (in effect, because it wasn't posted so I don't remember exactly):
If you use the words "Israel" and "Qana massacre" together often enough, there will be many more people who come to the conclusion that Israel really did massacre a whole bunch of people in Qana recently. But there are too many unanswered questions to come to that conclusion. A compendium of news stories and commentary suggesting another side of the story can be found at themiddleeast.wordpress.com.
Juan Cole provides an interesting contribution to the debate on the Middle East. I would expect, however, someone who is considered an expert on the issue to not be so biased on the issue.