Sunday, August 06, 2006

Off His Rocker 
Juan Cole describes the fighting in Southern Lebanon as "The wholesale destruction of all of Lebanon by Israel and the Pentagon."

I've been watching CNN over the past couple of weeks. Why is it that Lebonese deaths are always counted as "civilians" but Israel deaths are counted as "Israelis"? Evidently there haven't been any civilian deaths in Israel.
Thanks for the Juan Cole column. It's excellent.
Perhaps none of the Lebanese deaths are lawful combatants, i.e., "civilians.'

Doesn't mean they're not legitimate targets however.
A Desperate Israel Prepares To Destroy Lebanon

This is truly sickening.



The Israel Defense Forces plan to ramp up their offensive in Lebanon in response to Sunday's rocket attacks on northern Israel, which killed three civilians in Haifa and 12 reservists near Kfar Giladi.

A senior General Staff officer told Haaretz that for the first time since the fighting began, Israel plans to attack strategic infrastructure targets and symbols of the Lebanese government.

Other than bombing the Beirut airport to prevent arms transfers to Hezbollah, Israel has hitherto not targeted Lebanon's infrastructure, insisting that it is only at war with Hezbollah, not with the Lebanese government or people.

However, the officer said, "we are now in a process of renewed escalation. We will continue hitting everything that moves in Hezbollah - but we will also hit strategic civilian infrastructure."

May God have mercy on Israel's soul if they do this.
I'm with you, WW. I wish we could just get rid of the Jews, er, I mean Israelis, so that the Arabs and Persians and Falangists could get back to slaughtering each other and the occasional 280 westerners in peace.

May God have mercy on Israel's people if they DON'T do that.

And keep in mind, it won't be Israel that brought about Lebanon's destruction, it'll be Hezbollah. Hezbollah uses the entire country of Lebanon as the mother of all human shields. Hell, they even use UN peacekeepers, such that any attack on Hezbollah runs the risk of injuring or killing peacekeepers.

And they continue to fire rockets indiscriminantly into Israeli cities. Where is your outrage over that? What about the souls of Hezbollah?

One standard for 'excellence' is intellectual honesty, something that's rarely found in Juan Cole's columns. This one is no exception.
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