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Friday, September 01, 2006

How's That for Not Targeting Civilians?

'The viciousness of the Israeli assault on Lebanon is underscored by the IDF's use of cluster bombs against civilian targets. As Jan Egeland, who heads up humanitarian operations for the United Nations, put it:

'"What's shocking – and I would say to me completely immoral – is that 90% of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution. Every day people are maimed, wounded, and are killed by these ordnance."

'As close to a million refugees return to their homes, 100,000 unexploded cluster bombs – most of them dropped by the Israelis in the closing hours of the war – lie in wait for them and their children. Kids often pick up such ordnance because of its resemblance to toys. Such is the sickening legacy of the Israeli aggression, which will continue to deal death long after "peace" is declared.'

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4 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:43 PM

    If only they had "effective democracy", then we wouldn't have to bomb them.

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  2. Criminal but also baffling. Why did they do it? There must have been a reason, but I damned if I can see it. Even psychopaths act rationally by their own standards but this just seems, well, insane.

    Julius

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  3. My best guess is that the whole logic of the operation was to convince the residents of south Lebanon that it would be very costly to allow Hezbollah to operate there, and that they should not tolerate that -- and the clustering bombing was a final gesture in that direction.

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