Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sumtin don't add up

Okay, I was over at SondraK's, and noticed this story on and IDF attack in Lebanon. It seems the Israeli Air Force attacked a building in the village of Qana at midnight, and it collapsed about 8:00 a.m. Following Sondra's links, I find that
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued that call after an Israeli air strike killed at least 57 civilians in the town of Qana, the site of a similar massacre of civilians by Israel a decade ago. (In 1996, an Israeli air strike on a United Nations compound in Qana killed more than 100 civilians who had sought shelter there.) Lebanese officials said the majority of the dead in today's attack were children. Hundreds of Lebanese civilians have been killed in previous Israeli attacks.
The IDF says that an additional strike was launched at 7:30 a.m., but didn't strike the building in question.

My questions are these; Which father or mother would take children into a damaged building? Why were children there in the first place? Didn't all the parents get the leaflet drop telling them to get the kids out of harm's way? Or, is Hizbollah again using children as human shields? Were these children placed in harms way for a particular purpose? There are too many unanswered questions about civilian deaths in a building that collapses eight hours after an attack.

This is just another ploy from Hizbollah. Those children were directly placed in harms way as camera-fodder for the media.

I see from the Houston Chronicle that Israel has agreed to a 48 hour halt to air attacks. Good for them. This shows the world that Israel is willing to suspend air operations for humanitarian concerns. It will also give the parents in the area time to move the kids north. One concern is that Hizbollah will not recirocate, and will continue rocket attacks. If they do, Israel will have the absolute right to continue to pound the launch sites. If I were running the Israeli forces and Hizbollah violated the armistice, I would conduct unrestricted warfare and demand unconditional surrender before another cease-fire.

Let's not forget that Hizbollah started this mess. They can end it at any time.

Hat-tip to SondraK.

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