Balanced, rational and reasonable about the Middle East?
We will all have seen the images coming out of the Middle East over the last week and felt a profound sense of disappointment that the peoples of the region are so vehemently opposed to each other that violence seems the only way forward. I normally try to steer clear of this subject in polite company, or at least I have done since university when the mention of Israel or the Palestinians was always enough to spark off an evangelical and devout supporter of everything either side ever did.
Today, however, I read this article over at Harry's Place which I have to say is one of the most sensible and balanced pieces about the current crisis which you could hope to find. It recognises suffering and difficulties on both sides at the same time as trying to understand the pressures of the conflict and the fact that discussion of what is occurring is as much a battleground as the bombings themselves. It is this which makes the questionably partisan reporting of certain state news agencies frustrating when it is dressed up as neutral.