It's Official: I'm Disgusted With Talk Radio
In the last few days, with the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, a clamor seems to have arisen among some of the more despicable denizens of the talk radio scene, particularly in the wake of the numerous civilian deaths that have resulted from the IDF's bombing campaign in southern Lebanon. The rhetoric goes as follows: "hey--people die in wartime. It's inevitable. Let's not be so squeamish about it. In fact, let's go for it! (In this case, the 'let's' is referring to Israel, which most talk radio hosts and listeners now seem unable to distinguish from the United States; hence the 'us' in 'let's') Let's really take the fight to those miserable ragheads. Men, women, children, babies-- f*ck 'em! Make 'em taste our power! If we don't blast 'em good (the " 'em" being the said civilans-- civilians being unarmed men, women, children, and babies), they'll only think we're weak, and they'll feel emboldened to strike at us (yes, 'us') again!"
Of course, there are always hot-blooded chicken-hawks who like to rant in this manner. We shouldn't necessarily take it seriously. Not everyone who talks about bombing areas of the world off the map is inclined actually to do it, just like not everyone who favors legalized abortion would actually feel comfortable cutting a living child to pieces in his or her mother's womb. But one of the terrifying things about modern warfare is that it is largely impersonal. A fighter pilot doesn't see the lives he is snuffing out by dropping his bombs from high in the sky. Thus, the line between being naively sympathetic to an evil act and actually being complicit in the act becomes blurred.
In a way, the same can be said for many of the voices we now hear on the AM dial, both hosts and callers, who proclaim a disgust with the outcry against civilian deaths in some circles, and an eagerness to declare total war, not just against known terrorists, but also among the civilian populations of countries where terrorists are sheltered.
God help those who are egging on this murderous mindset. In an indirect but nevertheless real way, they may already have blood on their hands.