Monday, July 31, 2006

Doing the Dirty Work

I was shocked when I saw the pictures of the children being taken from the building in Qana yesterday. It was terrible to see. I think that those images will stay with me always.

I watched the Lebanese and Israeli ambassadors to the UN speak about the incident at the UN. Here's what I want to say about that:

Hezbullah is a terrorist organization. They have launched thousands of rockets over the past few weeks indiscriminately into Israel - targeting anyone - men, women and children. The rockets have intentionally targeted population centers like Haifa. Israel tries to take out Hezbullah's capability and to attack the rocket launcher sites. Those launchers are right in the middle of residential areas and even close to UN installations. Even with precision guided weapons, civilians are bound to be killed and injured if they live near these rocket installations. Israel does not try to target civilians but is doing what it can to protect her citizens from rocket attack.

No other UN or NATO country or coalition wants to step up now and impose a cease-fire in Lebanon. I am convinced that a UN force would be ineffective and would allow Hezbullah to restock their weapons, obtain more powerful missiles, and remain a serious threat to Israel.

I bet there is back office talk in the UN about the need for Israel to do her job at this time - to continue to diminish the Hezbullah threat in a meaningful way so that UN forces can come in and be effective. Israel is doing the dirty work that no other nation wants to stand up and do. These other nations let Israel take the black eye. (and put her children on the front lines...and risk the economic security...etc.)

So I say to these European countries - stand up! Stand up and say that Lebanon hasn't enforced it's part of the UN resolution. Stand up and say that Hezbullah is a terrorist organization that put Israel and Lebanon at war with each other. Stand up and call Syria and Iran out on their involvement in this conflict. Stand up for Israel! Reaffirm Israel's right to defend herself - and her basic right to exist.


At 7/31/2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous Shirat HaSirena said...


Israel also tries to give warning to the civilians to's not like we want to kill them.

It's a terrible terrible tragedy indeed...

At 7/31/2006 12:08 PM, Anonymous demetri said...

Those warnings are bogus--much like the warnings to people who were in Hurricane Katrina's path. Those without money or other means to escape were stranded, and suffered the most casualties. A poor Lebanese family with upwards of eight children isn't nearly as mobile as a typical western nuclear family, especially considering many live in large groups with their extended family. If these families had been able to get out, they probably would have done so even without the Israelis having to tell them. It's safe to assume they're not that ignorant of what's going on around them.
There's got to be another way... this keeps happening, and the people suffering are NOT the people being targeted.

At 8/01/2006 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so absolutely right. I love passing by your blog. Thanks!

At 8/01/2006 3:29 AM, Anonymous Chris Swift said...

A recent report tells the story of a young woman trying to escape yet one more massacre perpetrated by the IDF. This time, it was the town of Srifa.

She and her family were escaping another bombing run. As they drove down the road, a bomb destroyed the road in front of them, preventing their escape.

So, please, no more fanciful tales of how glorious the Israeli campaign is. They are most certainly targeting civilians - as always. Most of those killed are women and children - as always. Outrageous, criminal behavior - as always.

At 8/01/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger John said...

Shirat: :-)
Demetri: Welcome and thanks for your comment! I agree with you about Lebanese families not being able to evacuate - but what about Israeli families in Haifa, Kirat Shemone, and other cities and town in the north of Israel? Where can they go? Israel is a small country and it's not like people here can evacuate to our neighbors? Over 1600 rockets have landed in Israel since the beginning of this conflict.

Chris: Thanks for your comment and welcome. My friend, I read the Guardian and that's just one way of interpreting the events.

I am not telling tales. Re-read the post. I am saying that Hezbullah is bad - the world agrees. But instead of getting their "hands dirty", other nations let Israel "as aways" take the fall for doing the work that they don't have the guts to do themselves.

The more than 1600 rockets rockets that have been fire be hezbullah into Israel have been specifically targeted at population centers with the goal of killing indiscriminately - the first Israeli civilian to die in this conflict was a woman. And they do it unapologetically.

At 8/01/2006 12:36 PM, Anonymous L said...

That was so very excellently written. I may forward it if you don't mind? (BTW I found you via Shirat's page) Hope to see you next time you are in TA. L x
Dimitri - what is this other way you talk about?
Chris - you honestly believe civilians are purposefully targeted by Israel?! It just doesnt make any sense morally or politcally - why would you think that? I would be interested to hear a thoughtful argument and your opinion on what Israel should do instead when it is being fired at?

At 8/01/2006 7:51 PM, Blogger Savtadotty said...

Hi John -

When a trained army has to fight a terrorist organization, the Rules of Engagement are not observed equally by both sides. I think Hezbollah does not value the life of Lebonese people the same as the IDF is trained to value them. It's the world's dirty work we're doing, and no matter how well we do it, we'll be vilified. Where is the multi-national force that wants to help us? I'm not holding my breath.

At 8/05/2006 3:14 PM, Anonymous Kari said...

Thank you for taking a STAND and sharing the truth.
I pray for Israel and the innocent civilians on the Lebanese side, but the only possibility for peace is to get rid of terrorist organizations who have no regard for life...even of their own people.
Israel is not only defending herself, but in fact is helping other nations diminish a terrorist organization that hopes to spread its extremist perspective to the rest of the world. I pray it ends soon, and I pray for the Israeli soldiers who so bravely put their lives at risk for their families and the existence of the State of Israel. Amen. Also for all of the volunteers who come together to help one another in Israel. It is truly amazing how the country unites to take care of one another during these times where Israel gives it her all simply to exist and live in Peace. May Shalom Come Soon!


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