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Monday, July 31, 2006

Perspective on Qana

The day's news has been dominated by the bombing in Qana. Arnold and Frimet Roth at This Ongoing War give us some perspective:

However, let's be brutally honest. Many of those who claim to be outraged and distressed today over the unnecessary loss of life are thrilled at the opportunity to join in the bash-Israel free-for-all.

When the innocent women and children are Israelis, the reactions heard 'round the world are few, tempered and carefully "balanced" so that they include rebuke of the victim, Israel, as well.

A case in point is the suicide bombing of August 9, 2001, where our Malki died.

On that day, fifteen innocent people - most of them children - were murdered. A sixteenth person, a young mother, remains unconscious until today. More than 130 people, most of them women and children, were mutilated and maimed but survived.

On that day, Kofi Anan could not even trouble himself to face any journalists. His spokesman was sent to read his statement that he deplores not only the act in question but "all acts of terror" - code words, as we know, for acts by Israel against terror organizations.

On that day, the Belgian EU Presidency unreservedly condemned the bombing and abhorred the cowardly act which"mainly claimed the lives of innocent civilians." Of course, every last one of the Israeli victims was innocent. But apparently the EU head found that a bit hard to digest. Presumably he was bemoaning the loss of the life of the murderer himself.

On that day, Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian "hero", and now Israel's most molly-coddled murderer-prisoner, said the following:
"Attacks like today's are "the only way to end the occupation of Palestinian territories. This is a decision that the whole Palestinian people agree upon."
On that day, the Pope said nothing.

On that day, the Security Council of the United Nations did not convene.

The massacre at the Sbarro restaurant did not take place in a building adjacent to rocket launchers or in the vicinity of any other weapons of war. There were no militants and no soldiers in the targeted building.

And there was certainly no warning issued to the customers to vacate the building in advance of the attack.

In that massacre, one entire family was decimated. Mother, father and three of seven children perished.

In that attack, an American couple's only child, pregnant with their first grandchild-to-be, perished.

Does anyone still believe there is one standard for both sides of this conflict?
Read the whole thing (and see Malki HY"D's picture).


At 3:02 AM, Blogger Richard said...

There is and always will be a double standard when it comes to Isreal. The haters of both the your country and my own (USA) will see to that and that is a sad truth

At 4:04 AM, Blogger D.Diego said...

Killing Innocent Victims Championship:

Israel 800 - Hezbollah - 18

Israel is Champion so Far.

Why don't you ask the USA to fill the space shuttle with you, the Hamas, the Hezbollah and all the other bastards, go to Mars and stop fucking our minds with your excuses to kill?

At 5:03 AM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

Don diego, get a clue. If you had the slightest comprehension of what was going on, you wouldn't post such drivel.

Carl, a point I have noticed again and again, and taken people to task for is the abject silence we get when jews are killed and targeted, and the abject horror we get when non-jews are killed.

If it weren't so obvious and disgusting, it might be amusing.

140 rockets rain down on Israel today. People are killed. Not a word from the UN. No emergency meeting. Been like that from day one, no emergency meeting. Israelis are killed, property is destroyed, no call for an end to hostilities. Country is invaded soldiers killed and kidnapped, and not a peep.

Well, ok, I am wrong. The Saudi's are now claiming that Israel is arrogant, and they are about to launch aggressions. Yeah... right. Ok, whatever.

How come the world howls in protest when non-jews are killed, and the silence is deafening when jews are killed?

What happened in Qana was terrible. Kids dying is wrong. But there are questions of who killed the kids. In the case of the gazastan beach massacre, we know who did that. The palis claim it was Israel, but it is fairly obvious that it was hamas. A building collapsing 7 hours after strikes nearby, not even a direct hit suggest either shoddy construction, or some other event that would compromise load bearing members of the structure. Hours later. After no direct hits.

Suggests a work accident.

Could you imagine, if Israel apologized for deaths that hezbollah caused? No, couldn't be, as hezbollah would never put civilians in harms way... would it ... ever ...

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

Ok, something is wrong. How else do you get a huge professionally made banner in such a short time after the attack?

Carl, I hate seeing kids killed. This seems to suggest that the people who made the banner had advance knowledge and could start working on it earlier.

Doesn't it?

I am not a tin-foil hat person by any stretch. Something stinks aweful bad here. Something like a manufactured tragedy. Is this something that a terrorist force that hides among civilians, and happily runs away after launching weapons to let them suffer the consequences? How hard is it to imagine that these scum would be willing to set off a few explosives in order to turn around the PR war?

I hope I am wrong.

At 7:28 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Happens all the time that Israel apologizes for Hamas killing its own. Remember the Gaza Beach incident last month?

If it can happen with Hamas, why not with Hezbullah?


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