Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Must Read Debunking Israel's "Unintentional Deaths" Excuse

The Nation's Adam Shatz has a must-read editorial in the LA Times entitled 'Oops, Sorry' Doesn't Let Israel Off the Hook.

Here's the closing 'graph:

When Israel targets densely populated areas in hopes of killing one or a handful of militants, knowing that it may end up killing dozens of civilians, it can hardly claim to be showing concern for humanitarian law or civilian life. And by asking that we judge it by its professed intentions, rather than by its actions, Israel is asking too much of us and far too little of itself.

Read the whole thing.


  • Do you see any parallels between Israel's actions in Lebanon, and those of the the US in Iraq?

    I suppose an option would be to send in a team of Jack Bauer's. With surgical precision, those guys could push the women and children aside, killing only Hezbollah warriors, and destroying caches of rockets.

    As we've learned over and over again, such operations are almost never successful. And, unlike TV, guys like Bauer get killed--lots of 'em--always an unacceptable result.

    Thus, the "beauty" of the airstrike.

    Of course, airstrikes are the posterchild for recklessness.

    The PR winner in all this is Hezbollah, whose real goal is not to kill a handful of Jews with indiscriminate rocket attacks. But to prod Israel into an overreaction. Making them into heroes.

    See any parallels to 9/11? Where OBL played us like a fiddle. "Us" being the chimp and later the dumbshit Bush/Cheney supporters who made "security" ("I feel safer with Bush") the deciding factor with their vote.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:04 AM  

  • Lets hope your analogy is correct and Iarael gets trapped in Lebanon the way we are trepped in Iraq. Its a death trap.

    Only an idiot would volunter to serve as part of a "peace keeping force" in a buffer zone between Israel nad its nerghbors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:59 AM  

  • I see this group continues to view Israel-Lebanon through the lens of US domestic politics: "Israel, just another example of W fucking up."

    Anyone care to speculate whether unconditional support for Israel will become a Republican/Democratic defining issue, like abortion, affirmative action, etc? Are there any potential Presidential candidates of national stature who have yet adopted a position which is publicly critical of any major Israeli policy?

    You may be right - this may be tending toward a partisan thing, but I have yet to see the evidence that major Democrats would pursue a much different policy.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

  • I just noticed today that the chimp's spokesman said that the chimp is happy with the progress that is being made. I guess the chimp needed his spokesman to say it, since the chimp is on vacation again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • So this is where all the anti-Semites hang out, eh ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 PM  

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