Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Israel Airstrikes in Gaza

ISRAEL AIRSTRIKES IN GAZA: Yesterday, Israel launched an airstrike into Gaza, killing the leader of Hamas' military wing. Hamas is the organization responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis in homicide bombings. Unfortunately, several innocent civilians were also killed in the strike--something which has earned Israel the wrath of the world. Let's take a sampling of the comments:

"This extra-judicial killing operation, which targeted a densely populated area, comes at a time when both Israelis and Palestinians were working very seriously to curb violence and restore cooperative security arrangements," [EU foreign policy chief Javier] Solana said.

An extra-judicial killing operation targeting a densely populated area? Might that term be more aptly used to describe Palestinian murder attacks?

"The Secretary-General (Kofi Annan) calls on the government of Israel to halt such actions and to conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law," [UN spokesman Fred] Eckhard said.

Do Palestinians have to conduct themselves in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law?

The best comment, however, comes from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, a man who has made me look at vermin favorably:

Palestinian Minister Saeb Erekat told the British Broadcasting Corporation that the attack was a "despicable" war crime that dealt a blow to peacemaking.

"In my opinion this is Sharon's effort to torpedo any effort to revive the peace process," he said, referring to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Did you hear that? A war crime! Notice how Erakat defends Palestinian massacres of Israeli children, which are quite intentional, as acts of self-defense. This is Sharon's attempt to smash the peace process! Damn that Ariel Sharon, who is preventing the peaceful, loving Palestinians from extending brotherhood and goodwill to their Israeli brethren. Translation into English: "Out damn Jews."