Sunday, July 30, 2006

posted by Ofer

Thoughts on Qana

What happened in Qana is a terrible terrible tragedy. I am devastated by the images.

Many Arabs accuse us of being heartless. My life would be much easier if I were.

No one meant for this to happen.

4 Comments:

Blogger the perpetual refugee said...

but it happened. a 2nd time.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Ofer said...

Indeed it happened. And what really annoys me is the army's response: "We didn't know they were there". If you don't know what you're shooting at, don't shoot.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Lazarus said...

ofer,

i truly wish there were many more israelis (or at least the idf) who believed in the last line of your above comment. there would then have been no need for many arabs to accuse israel of being heartless.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Ofer said...

I would like to clarify my position on the tragedy that occured in Qana.

I believe that Israel should hold itself to a higher moral standard, because we are better than Hizballah. We cannot lower ourselves to their level, even at the price of loosing a few battles. Israel should use all of its resources to maintain a real-time map of civilian concentrations in South Lebanon, so that these can be avoided. This neglect on Israel's part makes is accountable for the deaths in Qana.

But lets not forget who put these civilians in harms way. It was their own people, the cowardly Hizballah militants, who hide behind babies. South Lebanon is not a metropolitan, there are many open areas from which Hizballah can fire its rockets. Nevertheless 150 rockets were fired from Qana over the last 20 days. The fact that they hide behind Lebanese children infuriates me even more than the fact that they fire rockets at Israeli children. The blood of the casualties in Qana is on Nasrallah's hands, and may he burn in hell for his evil deeds.

As an Israeli, I can criticize Israel for not being moraly superior. And I am doing so. However, any foreigner who criticizes Israel but does not blame Hizballah for these deaths is a prejudice hypocrite.

Nasrallah should be put on trial in a Lebanese court for the act of treason. Saddly, the Lebanese will not do this because their fear of civil war exceeds their common sense.

And finally, I would like to reiterate the most important part of my opinion: the deaths of the little babies in Qana is a terrifying tragedy. The IDF should do much more to avoid such clumsy accidents.

10:49 AM  

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