Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Islamism WANTS us to kill civilians

Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt:
..."Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," he said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."

Using women and children as shields has been a favorite tactic of the enemy. Alan Dershowitz, in his article "The predictable condemners", contends that the enemy wants us to kill as many civilians as possible:
...The international community, the anti-Israel segment of the media and the so called "human rights" organizations could stop falling for this terrorist gambit and acknowledge that they are being used to promote the terrorist agenda.

Whenever a democracy is presented with the lose-lose option and chooses to defend its citizens by going after the terrorists who are hiding among civilians, this trio of predictable condemners can be counted on by the terrorists to accuse the democracy of "overreaction," "disproportionality" and "violations of human rights."

In doing so they play right into the hands of the terrorists, causing more terrorism and more civilian casualties on both sides...

...IT SHOULD BE obvious by now that Hizbullah and Hamas actually want the Israeli military to kill as many Lebanese and Palestinian civilians as possible. That is why they store their rockets underneath the beds of civilians; why they launch their missiles from crowded civilian neighborhoods and hide among civilians. They are seeking to induce Israel to defend its civilians by going after them among their civilian "shields." They know that every civilian they induce Israel to kill hurts Israel in the media and the international and human rights communities.

They regard these human shields as shahids - martyrs - even if they did not volunteer for this lethal job. Under the law, criminals who use human shields are responsible for the deaths of the shields, even if the bullet that kills them came from the gun of a policeman.

Israel has every self-interest in minimizing civilian casualties, whereas the terrorists have every self-interest in maximizing them - on both sides. Israel should not be condemned for doing what every democracy would and should do: taking every reasonable military step to stop the terrorists from killing their innocent civilians...

The trio Dershowitz speaks of actually protects terrorists and allows them to continue and thrive, by preventing us from defending ourselves and dealing with them effectively. WE are accused of "Human Rights Violations", while terrorists continue to kill us. Why do terrorists have more rights than we do? I say, stop the madness.

Related Links:

Israel's War Separates Decent Left From Indecent Left
... The Left's anti-Israel positions until now were based, at least in theory, on its opposition to Israeli occupation of Arab land and its belief in the "cycle of violence" between Israel and its enemies. However, this time there is no occupied land involved and the violence is not a cycle with its implied lack of a beginning. There is a clear aggressor -- a terror organization devoted to Islamicizing the Middle East and annihilating Israel -- and no occupation.

That is why the Israeli Left is almost universally in favor of Israel's war against Hezbollah. Amos Oz, probably Israel's best-known novelist and leading spokesman of its Left, a lifetime critic of Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians, wrote in the Los Angeles Times:

"Many times in the past, the Israeli peace movement has criticized Israeli military operations. Not this time. . . . This time, Israel is not invading Lebanon. It is defending itself from daily harassment and bombardment of dozens of our towns and villages. . . . There can be no moral equation between Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah is targeting Israeli civilians wherever they are, while Israel is targeting mostly Hezbollah." ...

The Middle East Buddy List
...Confused? We are too. Slate's Middle East Buddy List breaks down the relationships between the countries, terrorist organizations, and political factions who are fighting it out in the current conflict. Who likes whom? Who are the bitterest of enemies? And which groups don't really know where they stand?...

Kofi Talk
So, UN chief Kofi Annan is accusing Israel of deliberately targeting the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) observer post. The NY Post editorial page rightly excoriates Annan. You'll hear Annan's hysterical charges embraced and echoed in the MSM throughout the day.

Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club has the must-read post of the day, with analysis you won't find from the pro-Hezbollah press. Fernandez examines the press releases of the last several days issued by UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. His conclusion...

(bold emphasis mine) Why is Kofi Annan even still at the UN? For that matter, why are WE?

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