Re: Qana — I don’t even know what to say anymore.
The EU and the UN both slammed Israel for it’s “wholly unjustified” attack. The Left is screaming, “Israel is guilty of war crimes.”* And Israelis are grieving.
But, but, but… “It’s also a violation of humanitarian law to blend in among the civilian population.” Yet everyone’s ignoring this inconvenient fact except, well, the civilians whose houses Hezbollah is firing from.
The NY Times:
“Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets,” said Fayad Hanna Amar, a young Christian man, referring to his village. “They are shooting from between our houses.”
“Please,” he added, “write that in your newspaper.”
Images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.
Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.
[…] The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.
“Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets,” he said.
“Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.
On Monday’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper related his visit to a Hezbollah-controlled section of Beirut where he was supposed to photograph certain damaged buildings, part of the terrorist group’s strategy of generating news stories about Lebanese civilian casualities caused by Israeli bombs.
But instead of merely transmitting Hezbollah’s unverified and unverifiable claims to the outside world, Cooper — to his credit — exposed the efforts by Hezbollah to manipulate CNN and other Western reporters.
[…] Cooper was explicit about how Hezbollah’s operatives had set all of the rules: “Young men on motor scooters followed our every movement. They only allowed us to videotape certain streets, certain buildings,” he explained. He countered Hezbollah claims that Israel targets civilians by pointing out that the group based itself in civilian areas and that Israel’s air force drops leaflets warning of attacks.
Salon featured a much-touted article last week called “The ‘hiding among civilians’ myth,” which advances, in no uncertain terms, the argument that “Hezbollah fighters […] avoid civilians like the plague.” However, the article, in fact, proves precisely the opposite, openly stating — repeatedly — that Hezbollah located itself within civilian areas.
But nah — y’all are getting played like a fiddle by a fuckin’ martyrdom cult that places civilians in the crossfire to advance its media strategy. So Israel is portrayed as a nation of terrorist war criminals, while actual terrorists are likened to Che Guevara and Saladin.
Out of curiosity, has anyone even noticed that there are presently 1,000,000 refugees from northern Israel filling hotels and the homes of hospitable Israelis everywhere south of Hezbollah’s rocket range? Has anyone noticed that Israel, too, is burying its dead? That there have been numerous building collapses in Israel as well, trapping and killing innocent civilians? That everywhere from Seattle to Syndney, Jews and Jewish institutions are being attacked? Have you seen a single photo of Jewish suffering anywhere? This double-standard is fucked, my friends.
Instead of laying blame squarely on the shoulders of Israel for Qana (and it is most certainly accountable, in no small part), how about a little more equal distribution, and the assignment of some accountability to Hezbollah, which intentionally endangered the lives of Qana’s residents?
But then that’s the rub of it, eh? Israel and its supporters know full well that every strike Israel makes against Hezbollah within civilian areas is the equivalent of a strike against Israel itself, as it turns international opinion against Israel and breeds more extremism.
“What happened in Kana plays into the hands of Hizbullah and Muslim fundamentalists throughout the Arab world,” said one [Arab] diplomat. “We were praying to Allah that such an incident would not happen.”
Another diplomat said that his government would now find it “extremely difficult” to sit on the side and watch as Lebanese women and children were being pulled out from the rubble.
“My government has been under attack for criticizing Hizbullah, which triggered this war by kidnapping the two Israeli soldiers,” he said. “Now we are being attacked as traitors and many Arabs are accusing us of supporting Israel in its war against Hizbullah. But the incident at Kana has changed everything and we are now forced to take a tough stance against Israel.”
If an aggressive military strategy can only backfire, why pursue it? I thought Jews were supposed to be smarter than that. Three full weeks into the fighting, the only solution to this conflict is now obviously, more than ever, a diplomatic one. Sadly, one can never underestimate the monumental stupidity of sureheaded Zionists.
And the war rages on…
*Daniel Taub, legal advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, refuted the charge of war crimes in today’s Jerusalem Post.