Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Afghanistan and Gaza

AFGHANISTAN AND GAZA: Earlier, I wrote about today's Israeli airstrike in Gaza which killed Hamas' military commander as well as nine children. It's tragic, yes. It's unfortunate, yes. But Israel didn't go in there with the intention of killing babies. Palestinian terrorists like the commander who was put to death do.

Ari Fleischer rejects any comparison with the errant US missile which destroyed a wedding party last month. Why? The US didn't know civilians were going to be there. Come on. Does anyone really think that the Israeli military planned this attack in order to kill children? Anyone sane?

I have another question: Where is the humanity of this slain "great man?" It would certainly be responsible of well-known terrorists who are aware that they are potential targets to not stay in buildings with dozens of children. Commonspeak for that is "human shields." It's immoral and illegal under international law. Oh yeah, international law only applies if we can bash the Israelis.

It's terrible what happened, but it was the fault of Hamas more than it was Israel's. Remember what Sharon said in Washington a few months ago after the suicide bombing at a Rishon LeZion pool hall? "Whoever tries to kill us, we will rise up and kill him first." Not Churchill, but gets the message across. Watch out, Hamas.

As Israeli President Moshe Katzav said: "Shehada maliciously chose to locate himself in a crowded residential area," Katzav said. "This is a tragedy and shows how criminal Palestinian terrorists, in order to protect themselves, are using the lives of innocent women and children, intentionally making them into helpless human hostages." The President also said that Israel had no choice but to "attack the person who was directly responsible for the murders of dozens of innocent Israelis."