A Dirty Enemy

As the world starts to condemn Israel for the death of Lebanese civilians in Kana, it seems the truth once again, is hard to find or only a few bother to look.
The UN secretary general has called on Security Council members to take urgent action after 54 Lebanese civilians were killed in an Israeli attack on Sunday. More than 30 children died in the Qana attack - the deadliest Israeli raid since hostilities began on 12 July when two Israeli soldiers were seized.

Israel is suspending air strikes for 48 hours, according to a US official. The period would allow for an investigation of the Qana bombing, US State Department official Adam Ereli said, speaking after talks between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem.
Does this also mean Hizbullah and Hamas will be suspending rocket attacks for 24 hours, don’t bet on it. While the rest of us around the world can issue condemnations from our safe areas, Israelis will have to brace themselves. They’ll have to turn the other cheek and lie down like good little Jews to appease our thirst for the supposed ‘perfect defence/war’.
Israel says it will work with the United Nations to allow a 24-hour period of "safe passage" for civilians who wish to leave the area, Mr Ereli added.

The strike has drawn strong international condemnation and, correspondents say, given a new urgency to diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora denounced Israel's "heinous crimes against civilians", in the wake of the Qana strike that killed displaced civilians sheltering in a basement.

Many countries condemned the attack, and France has circulated a draft resolution calling for an immediate end to the fighting. "Action is needed now before many more children, women and men become casualties of a conflict over which they have no control," Mr Annan told the council.

"I'm deeply dismayed that my earlier calls for immediate cessation of hostilities were not heard, with the result that innocent lives continue to be taken and innocent civilians continue to suffer." Lebanese envoy Nouhad Mahoud criticised the UN for not taking action against Israel - which was "committing atrocities against humanity".

But British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said on Sunday the situation could not continue and that all hostilities ought to cease once a UN resolution was adopted.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who is travelling with Mr Blair in the US, said the prime minister accepted that Qana had "changed things". In a joint statement issued with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Blair said "the tragic events of today have underlined the urgency of the need for a ceasefire as soon as possible".
From SMH.
Dozens of Lebanese women and children died in an Israeli strike on Qana, sparking renewed international calls for an immediate ceasefire.
Don't expect them to do any investigating, why bother looking for evidence, why let facts get in the way of dragging those wicked Jews over the coals.

From Jpost, to their credit, they have asked questions and it seems there is more to Kana than wicked Jews butchering cowering children.
On Sunday evening, Air Force Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel reported that some 150 rockets had been fired from Kana over the past 20 days.

Speaking to reporters, Eshel added that Hizbullah rocket launchers were hidden in civilian buildings in the village. He proceeded to show video footage of rocket launchers being driven into the village following launches.

Eshel also pointed out that the building was hit sometime around midnight Saturday night and didn't collapse until about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, leaving an unusual gap in the timing of the events which the IDF was investigating.

"It's possible that inside the house, something or other was being stored that caused an explosion - something that we didn't succeed in blowing up in the [initial] attack and that perhaps was left over there," Eshel said. "I say this very cautiously, because I currently don't have the faintest idea what the explanation for this gap could be."

Olmert said that the area was a focal point for the firing of Katyusha rockets on Kiryat Shmona and Afula. He said that from the outset of the conflict, "hundreds of rockets have been fired from the Kana area."

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz also expressed sorrow over the loss of innocent life. "We were operating in a place from where Katyushas are being fired and we distributed notices to residents. Unfortunately, people who assembled in the area, whom we were unaware of, were harmed," said Halutz.

But Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman, said an immediate ceasefire would help the militants. "I am beseeching you not to play into their hands, not to provide them with what they are seeking while sacrificing their own people as human shields and as victims," Mr Gillerman said.
We regret the death of these innocent women and children and men, but it is simply impossible for 100% of Israel’s retaliatory strikes to target only her attackers when they hide amongst civilians.

It is easy for us to condemn Israel, but this gives Hizbullah a free pass, they wear none of it, no one is prepared to hold them responsible or to punish them. There are no statements of regret, no investigations, no inquiries, when Israelis are killed by rocket attacks or suicide bombs.

It might feel good to rant against the Jews, or help you score some points, but this only ensures it will happen again in another 10 years because the real villians go free.
On April 18, 1996, Israeli artillery pounded a U.N. center crowded with civilians. Israel later said the attack was a mistake. At that time, Israel accused Hezbollah militants of hiding behind civilians.
I'm sure everyone would be (at least publicly) for a free Israel, a free Palestine and a free Lebanon, but it seems no one but Israel is for ‘freeing’ them.

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