Who avoids civilian casualties... and who doesn't?
The picture above is from an attack on civilians in Aleppo, Syria, by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is indifferent to attacks on civilians. Compare that to Israel, which uses its drone technology to minimize civilian casualties
‘Major G,' the chief instructing officer of the Israeli UAV (Drone)
School, spoke exclusively to Foxnews.com on condition of anonymity about
Israel’s hi-tech drone capabilities, his military’s terms of engaging
the enemy, and aspects of his direct role in the recent Gaza conflict in
which Israel strongly contends most non-combatant deaths were as a
result of Palestinian civilians being routinely used as human shields by
“Drones (UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), play a very important and
essential role in the protection of the State of Israel,” ‘Major G’
explained. “The great advantage of the drone is the ability to stay in
the air for up to 40 hours at a time above the relevant area to perform
ISR missions - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.”
Once a drone identifies a target, its operator is then responsible
for setting in motion a sometimes dizzyingly fast chain of events that
may result in a missile strike taking place.
“Using commercial apertures and video cameras, we have the ability to
work with both daytime and night time infrared images. My Heron1 drone
does only ISR, but I have the ability to designate a target to another
aircraft. This capability is very important because I am able to stay
above and investigate the target for a long time, clear it of uninvolved
civilians, and only when there is a clear path of fire do I call for
the F16 or Apache helicopter,” said ‘Major G.’
Critics of Israel’s actions invariably suggest a lack of concern
about collateral damage when air strikes are used, but ‘Major G’
revealed in detail how a drone operator sitting somewhere in Israel can
clear a target on the ground in Gaza of innocent civilians.
“In a lot of cases we have regular houses where in the basement there
is a lot of ammunition, bombs and missiles. The house is populated
sometimes with the families having willingly cooperated with the Hamas,
and in other cases they don’t have any choice; Hamas forces this on
them. In cases where there are people inside a house or building we
never strike the target without prior warning. We make phone calls, send
leaflet flier warnings, and sometimes use a technique called ‘Knock On
the Roof,’ where we fire very, very small, very precise tiny bombs onto
the edge of the roof and then they (the family) know that the attack is
about to begin and everybody can go outside.”
“Since the Second Lebanon War, we have developed a new technique
called TCT; Time Critical Targets, targets that have a very short
lifespan, 'Major G' said. "We (drones) find them, gather enough
intelligence to confirm that this is actually a terrorist, then call for
another aircraft to perform the attack.”
The Jabari case was one example of the TCT policy, and ‘Major G’ gave
a very rare insight into another. “As another example from the latest
Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza, we had intelligence that told us
that Hamas terrorists were about to launch missiles. We scanned the area
and then saw two people running away right after the launch. A basement
(trap) door had closed behind them and nothing was left to be seen (of
the missile launch site). This was very complicated because I didn’t
know if the people running away actually performed the launch, so we
turned immediately to other people who were able to check this out with
verified intelligence to confirm that these were indeed the suspects. We
called the helicopter and he performed the attack. All this process
took less than a minute.”
Compare that with the manner in which President Obama's Best Friend Forever - Recep Tayyip Erdogan -
avoids civilian casualties targets civilians
(Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the Air Force to strike 34 people in
Uludere last year based on intelligence that there was a high-profile militant
among the group, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş
“It was said that there was a high-profile PKK [outlawed
Kurdistan Workers’ Party] member among [the group], but information about other
civilians was also given to the prime minister,” Demirtaş said during protests
in the southeastern district on the incident’s first anniversary, daily Radikal
Demirtaş also said then-District Gov. Naif Yavuz had
claimed the evidence pointing to those responsible seemed fairly obvious in the
matter but that the official was banished to western Turkey after the incident.
The Chief of General Staff was also informed about the
raid, the BDP co-chair added.
Some 34 civilian Kurdish villagers were killed in the air
strike on Dec. 28, 2011, when they were allegedly mistaken for PKK
they were smuggling oil from northern Iraq into Turkey.
Israel would never have gone after one target - even if the target had been there - if there were 33 civilians around. It would particularly never have done so without giving any warnings.
An official says thousands are protesting the government on the first
anniversary of a botched Turkish military air strike aimed at suspected
members of outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party that instead killed 34
civilians, The Associated Press reported.
denouncing the government’s failure to keep a promise to investigate the
incident and hold those responsible to account for the attack that
struck a group of smugglers - most of them youngsters - who were
crossing the border into Turkey from Iraq with mules.
And that, my friends, is the difference between a civilized nation and Islamist terrorists.
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