The View From 1776

Lebanese Civilian Casualties

Liberals in Europe and the United States, which of course includes most of the news media, cry crocodile tears over civilian casualties in Lebanon. 

We must pray for and sympathize with innocent women and children caught in the crossfire.  But we must also remember three points:

First, Hezbollah, a part of the Lebanese government, started the fight by crossing a UN-mandated international border between Israel and Lebanon and attacking an Israeli army unit.

Second, by deliberate design, attacking terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas without killing and wounding innocent civilians is impossible, because terrorists intermingle their weapons and forces with civilian populations.

Third, as reader Errol Phillips notes, a significant portion of “civilian” casualties reported by the press are actually Hezbollah fighters, who are not uniformed army troops, but technically civilians.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 01:10 AM
  1. "First, Hezbollah, a part of the Lebanese government, started the fight by crossing a UN-mandated international border between Israel and Lebanon and attacking an Israeli army unit."

    Just a correction........

    "Israel started its attack on Lebanon two weeks after it sent its forces into the Gaza Strip when a group led by the Islamic Hamas movement kidnapped a soldier in a cross-border raid on June 25."

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=anKpncKS9XlA&refer=home


    I think the dividing line between Hezbollah and Hamas is rather ill defined, and potentially of some significance.

    Second, Hezbollah is not a part of the Lebanese government. It is a rogue malitia that the Lebanese government has been unable to controll.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/24  at  03:20 PM
  2. Ok...let's look at this. Israel has two soldiers kidnapped by someone (pick one
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/26  at  09:11 PM
  3. The rationale now circulating through the Israeli Military is that, after being told to leave, those who stayed in Southern Lebanon must be supporting Hezbollah. Makes sense doesn't it?

    Even if all of the roads, bridges, and gas stations leading out of the area are bombed out, and even though white-flag waving civilians are being rocketed as they flee, those people who decide to stay must be terrorists!

    If Israel must kill everyone south of the Litany River in order to crush Hezbollah, then in the name of self-defense it must do so!
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/30  at  02:54 PM
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