The shameful silence of Christian leaders

Why is Pope Benedict virtually alone among Christian leaders to have spoken out against what is being done to Lebanese Christians and Muslims? I know that the issues are complex (and I am not a pacifist), but it seems to me that Israel’s policy of imposing deliberate suffering on the Lebanese population to force them to do something they are powerless to do (disarm the gunmen among them) violates not only international law and common sense, but is, more importantly, at odds with the gospel itself. Any thoughts?

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